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Natural Disasters – Oh My!

April 9, 2008
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Staff here at the Daily Walrus are on our death beds from presumably the plague.  But we did not want to leave you, our loyal readers, without a tip for helping animals.  Scientists at Colorado State University have predicted an above-average hurricane season this year with at least one major hurricane hitting the United States.  In addition to this, it seems that tornados are a daily occurrence (or that could just be in my nightmares).  Whether you live in an area that is high-risk or low-risk (Atlanta got struck with tornados, nowhere is safe) you need to have an evacuation plan.

Your plan should include several necessary components.  First, figure out where you will go if you need to evacuate – find out now which places will allow you to bring your beloved animals.  Second, make sure that you have crates/carriers for the animals to be transported in.  This means that if you have ten cats but only one carrier (because you only take one to the vet at a time) you need to get at least four more!  I know that storage can be a pain, especially if you live in a tiny New York City apartment, but get creative – put a sheet over your carrier and it can be an end table, or you can just hide it in your closet or car like we do.  Finally, always have your pets’ medication available.  If your pet takes medicine regularly, do not wait until there is only one dose left before refilling – make sure you always have at least a weeks supply on hand.  The same goes for food.


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Hello - we are Jenny and Ryan, a couple living in Brooklyn, New York. We are both busy with school and work but try to take time to do something every day to make the world a better place for animals. Occasionally we may link to outside websites for additional resources, but we do not necessarily endorse all policies of these organizations. Despite the title of our blog, the focus is not only on walruses. So what's with the title? We named this blog after our cat, Wally, aka The Walrus. We are the proud parents of two cats (Wally and Tito) and one dog (Luigi).