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Hawaii Residents Urged to Include Animals in Emergency Preparedness Plans

The Humane Society of the United States will issue a $5,000 grant to the Kauai Humane Society for damages sustained during the recent record-breaking flooding. In the wake of these storms and recemt anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, both groups also remind residents across Hawaii to include pets and other animals in their emergency preparedness plans.

"Fortunately, the recent flooding hasn’t affected our ability to continue to rescue and shelter animals in need. However, we urge residents to remember that if it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pet," said Shannon Blizzard, executive director of the Kauai Humane Society.

Whether sheltering in their homes or evacuating, pet owners should ensure that their animals wear a collar at all times, with visible identification. Both groups also recommend pets be microchipped and registered with current owner contact information.

"Animals who are frightened by thunder and lightning are more likely to run," said Inga Gibson, Hawaii state director for The HSUS.

More than 60 percent of Hawaii households have a pet.

The HSUS’ international arm, Humane Society International, continues to provide funding and direct care to animals impacted by the Japan tsunami, including providing grants for the construction of a second Fukushima animal shelter and free veterinary care to pets living with their familiar still displaced by the disaster. HSI’s on-going work in Japan has been funded in part by and The Animal Rescue Site as well as other major donors.

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