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Pet friendly shelters in Hillsborough County during disaster
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Pet friendly shelters in Hillsborough County during disaster

Tampa, Florida - Hillsborough County Animal Services hosted an animal disaster training event at their facility at 440 Falkenburg Road North in Tampa on Sunday.

In recent years, Hillsborough County Animal Services has deployed for rescue and recovery of animals for a variety of named storms, including Hurricanes Charley, Floyd, Katrina, and Wilma.

With the most active months of the 2011 hurricane season ahead, Hillsborough County Animal Services hosted Sunday's event to recruit volunteers to assist at emergency pet shelters in the event of local disasters whether the disasters are natural or man-made.

Hillsborough County currently has four approved pet-friendly evacuation shelters located within existing Red Cross Shelters.

Click here for more details on those four shelters.

Reservations for pet shelters are not accepted in Hillsborough County. Pets will be sheltered on a first-come, first-served basis when pet owners stay at the corresponding Red Cross shelter location. Shelters will open upon order of the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Manager.

Since public shelters offer very limited space for animals, authorities say it's critical that residents have an emergency plan in place early to include pets.

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