For Immediate Release:
September 26, 2022
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Tampa, Fla. – Because evacuation orders have been issued in Hillsborough County, PETA reminds not to leave animals to fend for themselves during Hurricane Ian. PETA’s Animal Rescue Team has found drowning and dead animals left outside during storms or abandoned during evacuations, and these simple tips could save an animal’s life.
- Keep all animals indoors with you if you choose not to evacuate. Never leave them tethered, penned, or crated.
- If you evacuate, plan your destination in advance and do not leave animals behind or unsupervised in a car.
- Be prepared: Use secure carriers, leashes, and harnesses. Bring along water and food bowls, a favorite toy, a blanket, a towel, and enough food for a week. Have your animals microchipped, and put secure, legible ID tags on them.
- Watch for other animals in trouble. If you see any animals in distress and can’t help, note their location and call authorities immediately.
PETA has released a natural disaster–preparedness PSA featuring “Mayhem” actor Dean Winters. It will remind people to make plans early to ensure the safety of their animal companions before an evacuation. For more information, please visit PETA.org.