Ernesto's Coming; Safeguard Your Pets
I tell you this by way of urging you to make sure your critters will be secure. There are pet-friendly shelters in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties now, which is a real blessing for people who have no other choice.
But if you do, make plans now. Book a room in a pet-friendly hotel or find a relative or friend who will let you and your animals encamp. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you leave animals alone to fend for themselves. Every hurricane produces horror stories about dogs tied up in yards who die of injuries or drowning. Remember how so many New Orleaneans left their animals with a few days' supply of food and water because they figured they'd be right back? That's a lesson for all of us.
For tips on getting through a storm with your pets, as well as information on the pet-friendly shelter, go to the following websites: Humane Society of Greater Miami-Adopt a Pet, Humane Society of Broward County, or Miami-Dade Animal Sevices.
To find a pet-friendly hotel, click here.