Pets Matter, Too: City Outlines Plan for Animals In Case You Need to Evacuation
If you need to evacuate your home, please do NOT leave your dog or cat behind to suffer or die alone. Philadelphia’s Office of Emergency Management has activated the local CART (County Animal Response Team) to organize accommodations for pets in conjunction with Philly’s Red Cross emergency shelters:
- Roxborough High School: 6498 Ridge Ave.
- Abraham Lincoln High School: 3201 Ryan Ave.
- Bartram High School: 2401 S. 67th St.
According to Red Cross Director of Communications Dave Schrader, all three shelters are prepared for you to bring your pets with you. Crate cats, leash dogs and bring dogs’ cages. “The pets do not come into the actual living quarters, but we worked out arrangements with pet agencies to take pets from the people who are coming,” says Schrader.
Jen Leary, coordinator of Philadelphia’s CART, confirms plans are in action for pets to be housed at Red Cross shelters. At Lincoln and Roxborough high schools, people will be housed in the gymnasium and animals kept in nearby classrooms. Bartram has two gyms, so people will be in one and animals in the other.
To prepare responsibly, keep your pets’ clearly labeled crates (tagged with their name, distinguishing marks, your name, your address, phone number and ideally, a photo of both of you) nearby along with an emergency kit containing food, water and medications. Blankets or towels are also a good idea. Leary confirms that CART teams in surrounding counties are overseeing animal shelters.
Click here for list and links to Facebook pages of local CARTS for more information.