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STATEWIDE -- While people are beginning to buckle down for Sandy, pet experts are urging owners to make plans for their four-legged friends. Employees at the Front Street Animal Shelter will stay with the dogs and evaluate Sandy's impact on the area to make sure the animals are safe.
The shelter took in a lot of dogs during last year's storms and are preparing to help out again. If an evacuation is called, general population shelters for people will also accommodate pets. Pet experts said the same preparation rules that apply to people, also apply to dogs. Owners need to pack enough food and water for their pets to last 72 hours, as well as any pet medications. Also make sure your pet has the proper identification in case it gets lost.
"Keep track of your dog, get your dog micro-chipped so they can be found again if they get misplaced or get away," said Gates Murchie, Front Street Dog Shelter Volunteer. "Take care of your pet, dogs last longer than many marriages."
The shelter got a boost before the storm today. It received food, treats, and toys, from community members on Saturday as part of National Make a Difference Day.