After Katrina, more than 30 states have a law, a plan or both, that spell out planning for pets and service animals.
Florida, which is in the bullseye of Hurricane Irma, has a state law that deals with emergency sheltering of pets.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency also has a plan spelled out. It designates what qualifies as a family pet that can have protection -- an animal like a dog, cat or rabbit -- vs. one that does not qualify, like reptiles, fish, insects or spiders.
It also explains the PETS Act, which was signed into law in October 2006. Under the act, FEMA can rescue, care, shelter and help those with pets and service animals after an emergency or disaster. It also covers the pets themselves.
The University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine said that there will be emergency shelters that will accept pets and their owners, and Gov. Rick Scott has asked hotels that normally say no to animals to lift their ban, USAToday reported.
In a statement from the UFC’s Veterinary Medicine program, officials reminded that, “If it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for your pet. There are many pet-friendly sheltering options allow the whole family to stay together.”
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