MENANDS, N.Y. – In the event of a natural disaster, the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society will be practicing a drill today with the Albany County Animal Response Team that will keep pets safe during a natural disaster.
The disaster drill will take place at the Menands Department of Public Works at 9 a.m. One of the Albany and Rensselaer County Response Team animal evacuation trailers will be set up for the disaster response drill.
This is the second year the practice drill will be taking place.
Statistics show that for every 100 people evacuated in a disaster, 60 of those people have pets. Hundreds of animals were either displaced or killed during Tropical Storms Irene and Lee.
A grant provided the funds to purchase two fully stocked emergency animal shelters. Each trailer can hold up to 200 pets.
According to Brad Shears, the Executive Director of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society people are often reluctant to leave their pets behind in the case of an evacuation, but he said pet owners can and should bring their pets with them to shelter.
The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society suggests that pet owners have an emergency pet kit ready in the event of a natural disaster and evacuation. The kit should include copies of veterinary records, medication, a three-day supply of food and a photo of your pet in the event you are separated.