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Why have a Pet Emergency Shelter in Eastham?

Mistakes were made during disaster planning and relief efforts when major hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit.  This has motivated a revision in the way the emergency response and aid organizations deal with pets and their owners.

Some owners were so reluctant to leave their pets in jeopardy that they delayed evacuation until danger was imminent or refused to evacuate at all.  The result was dead pets, dead owners, and many more injuries - many of which could have been avoided.

Now Homeland Security, FEMA, and the American Red Cross encourage and support the creation of local and regional pet friendly emergency shelters.  Eastham Dog Owners Association (EDOA) is a group of concerned citizens who have taken on the task of assisting local officials in providing a pet friendly shelter for Eastham. 

Our local Emergency Pet Shelter will accommodate a limited number of pets and their owners during emergencies.  It is part of a plan to deal with pets in a weather emergency. 

  1. Small numbers may be housed at Nauset Kennels.
  2. Larger numbers of people and their pets will be housed at the Regional Emergency Pet Shelter located at the Nauset High School building. 

We hope, of course, that no such emergency ever visits itself on Eastham.  But hoping is not very good emergency preparedness.  The Eastham Emergency Pet Shelter should help encourage Eastham at risk residents concerned about their pets to make the smart decision and seek shelter from the storm.