How Floridians can protect pets before Hurricane Irma

Dozens of dogs, puppies from shelter hit by Hurricane Harvey headed to Pittsburgh

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More than fifty dogs displaced by Hurricane Harvey arrived in Waukesha Monday. Authorities anticipate hundreds of thousands of people and their family pets in Florida and beyond may be displaced by Hurricane Irma. Barry KuKes, community outreach director for HHS, said they are experiencing many people surrendering their pets to their care as well as smaller shelters transferring animals.

In a time of emergency, hotels can choose to lift their "no pets" policy as a courtesy, but they are not required to do that.

"Just reach out. Social media is awesome in this situation", she said.

According to a news release from the Woodward Center, Houston shelters became too overcrowded to accommodate the pets of victims who needed a place to keep their dogs and cats.

Almost 70 dogs indirectly displaced by the devastating floods in Texas have arrived in the Pittsburgh area looking for loving families.

But still, Trice says that anyone who owns household pets and is evacuating needs to take the pets with them. "With social media, sometimes our dogs only stay one day", Barr said.

"These are all dogs that were already in a shelter", he said.

"Those were well-intentioned animal effort rescue efforts, but moving animals away from their families has a lasting impact", she said.

"They were all surrendered because their owners lost their homes", said Diane Less of Angels for Animals. The dogs brought to the Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin on Monday were among those dogs.

For those who abandon their animals, such as chaining up their dog in a backyard without food or water, they will be issued two citations - animal cruelty and abandonment. She plans to fill up the empty crates from Paws 4 Life with food donations to take back to Louisiana.

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