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Humane Society urges owners to prepare pets for hurricane

Hurricane season is upon many of the southern states, with Hurricane Irene expected to hit the U.S. coast as a category 2 or higher storm somewhere between central South Carolina and southern North Carolina late Friday or early Saturday, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) reports.

The HSUS urges residents of these areas to be prepared to bring their pets if they need to evacuate their homes. Residents in areas of Georgia and Florida should also be prepared for severe wind damage and flooding, the news source reports.

"If it isn't safe for you, it isn't safe for your pets," Laura Bevan, the HSUS Eastern regional director told the media outlet.

The HSUS and Doctors Foster and Smith recommend pet owners have a pet emergency kit in their homes and a smaller version in the car. The kit should include a three-day supply of food and water, bowls, medications and vaccination records, as well as a current photo and description of the pet, small garbage bags, blankets, toys and a leash and collar, according to the HSUS. Doctors Foster and Smith also suggest packing veterinarian, emergency control and poison control center phone numbers, as well as first aid materials for the pet.  
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