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Preparing pets for Sandy

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Albany/HV: Preparing pets for Sandy
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There may be another family member to think of as you prepare for Sandy. As you ride out the storm your four-legged friend may need some help too. As our Elyse Mickalonis explains, pet experts are urging owners to make plans before the large storm hits.

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- “Dogs need people and people need dogs,” said Gates Murchie, Front Street Dog Shelter Volunteer.

It’s a relationship that shouldn’t be forgotten as Sandy threatens the region.

“You need water, you need food, you need your medications. Your dog needs food, water and medications and a nice bed to sleep on,” said Murchie.

Jeri Wolfe, Binghamton Resident, added, “He’s pretty well prepared at any given time, he could weather a storm, I don’t want to say he’s spoiled, but he is.”

Employees at the Front Street Dog Shelter in Binghamton have plans to stay with the dogs to make sure they’re safe. The shelter took in a lot of dogs during last year’s storms. It’s getting ready to pitch in again. If an evacuation is called, experts want owners to take pets with them. General population shelters for people will also accommodate pets.

“We filled our kennels up as much as we could with dogs that were evacuated,” said Kelly Conlon, Front Street Dog Shelter Manager. “Emergency Services does have an organization called CART that also puts something together.”

Wolfe added, “We wouldn’t evacuate without him there’s no way on earth I could leave without him.”

Pet experts say one of the most important things to remember, regardless of weather is to have proper identification on your animal.

"Keep track of your dog, get your dog micro-chipped so they can be found again if they get misplaced or get away,” said Murchie. “Take care of your pet, dogs last longer than many marriages.”

Planning ahead to make sure your pets will be with you after any storm.

The shelter got a boost before the storm Saturday. It received food, treats, toys and volunteers from community members as part of National Make a Difference Day.

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