The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Inc. (ARF) announced today that the ARF Adoption Center will serve as a pet evacuation center for the Town of East Hampton in the event of a Town-declared state of emergency. ARF, located at 90 Daniels Hole Road in Wainscott, estimates being able to accommodate approximately 50 dogs and 30 cats should East Hampton pets need to be relocated during an emergency.
ARF’s Director of Operations, Michele Forrester, commented “ARF stands ready to assist East Hampton’s people and pets in the event of an emergency.” Ms. Forrester commented further that “ARF learned first-hand the importance of microchipping cats and dogs when we went down to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. Collars and tags can fall off, so microchipping is the only sure way a pet can be identified by its owner. Ms. Forrester worked with East Hampton Town Animal Control Supervisor, Betsy Bambrick, to develop the plan. Ms. Bambrick said “While we hope we are never faced with a catastrophic emergency, residents can take comfort in knowing plans are being made to assist them and their beloved pets. ARF’s continued commitment to offering resources and support to East Hampton’s Animal Control Department is great appreciated.”
ARF is currently preparing for Hurricane Irene and advises East Hampton residents to plan now for the storm. If you need to evacuate, make sure to take your pet with you. If your home is not safe for you to remain in, it’s not safe for your pet.
Here is what you need to do and have in case of a storm:
• Make sure your pet is wearing up to date ID. Include a cell phone number in case you need to evacuate. Ideally your animal should be microchipped. It’s the best form of identification if your animal gets lost.
• Photo of your pet with you or have a photo of your pet on your cell phone.
• Pet carrier or crate for each animal as well as a leash. Make sure the carriers are labeled with your information including your cell phone number.
• Ample supply of dry food and water.
• One week supply of medications, along with health and vaccinations records.
• Cat litter and litter box, plenty of plastic bags for pick-up, piddle pads, and towels.