Eugene, OR: The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning starting at 2pm today until 10pm this evening. Greenhill Humane Society and 1st Avenue Shelter often see an increase in stray animals and lost reports during inclement weather. Greenhill recommends the following tips to keep your companion animals safe:
- Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. Pets can become disoriented and wander away from home during a crisis, especially if fallen trees take out fences or wind blows open gates.
- During inclement weather, taking your dog outside for walks and exercise is OK, but use your best judgment. If it is not safe for you, it is not safe for your pets.
- Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is purr-fect.
- Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification. Your pet’s ID tag should contain his name, telephone number, and any urgent medical needs.
- Greenhill recommends micro-chipping your pet as a more permanent form of identification. A microchip is implanted in the animal’s shoulder area, and can be read by scanner at most animal shelters and veterinary clinics. Be sure your contact information is current with the issuing microchip company.
- In high winds, fences and gates can become damaged or broken and pets can escape if left outside unattended. Outside pet shelters are also susceptible to being moved or blown over in high winds. Please check their safety before allowing your pet to re-enter outside structures.
- If your pet goes missing, please contact the 1st Avenue Shelter immediately by calling 541.844.1777.