Group reminds public to protect pets during typhoon
GUAM—Typhoon Yutu is expected to strengthen to a Category 4 storm, with sustained winds approaching 130 mph, as it passes over the Mariana Islands on Thursday.
While the storm is currently tracking north of Guam, dangerous wind and rain are still expected within the next 24 hours. The storm may also redirect and hit Guam more directly.
Guam Animals In Need, or GAIN, reminds everyone that Typhoon Yutu will be extremely dangerous for animals, both owned and unowned.
“We’re evacuating our animal shelter, thanks to the help of our storm fosters,” said GAIN foster coordinator Sasha Coleman. “Foster homes help us provide shelter pets with added protection during typhoons.”
Guam law requires that pets have proper shelter. This means that during a typhoon, owned dogs and cats need to be safely secured indoors. “Don’t leave your cat outside or dog tied to a tree during a typhoon,” said Ana Babauta, GAIN board member, “their safety depends on you.”
GAIN also recommends preparing a pet typhoon kit with the following:
- Pet food for a few weeks.
- Comforting items like blankets and toys, for when the storm becomes frightening.
- Your pet’s medication and medical records, if applicable.
- Ensure collars and tags are securely fastened. Have a leash or carrier on hand, if you need to evacuate.
- Recent photo of yourself with your pet (in case they get lost and you have to prove ownership).
If you are unable to care for your animal during the storm, it is important to reach out now to family and friends. Ask them to protect your pet for the worst 24-48 hours of the storm.
“Please bring your pets indoors during the storm,” said Cyrus Luhr, GAIN board president. “It’s not just the law; it’s also to right thing to do.” (PR)