The Sunshine State is no stranger to natural disasters. Last year, Hurricane Ian devastated Florida’s west coast, and everyone remembers the impacts of Dorian and Irma. Our community has to be prepared for the catastrophes that could devastate our coasts.
No one wants to leave a member of their family behind in an emergency situation, and this also applies to our pets. However, during evacuations, many people are forced to make a choice between their own safety and that of their pets.
That is why I helped introduce the bipartisan PETSAFE Act, which would establish a pilot grant program for mobile pet shelters for use during emergencies and major disasters so that pet owners could temporarily shelter their pets during evacuations. Moreover, it would provide pets with transportation to safe locations and reunification with their owners when the emergency has passed.
This bill can help make sure no one feels forced to put their own safety on the line in order to protect their pet. It will help ensure the wellbeing of countless animals if - or when - the next hurricane hits the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches.
You can read the bill here: