finalize their personal and family
evacuation plans for hurricanes
and severe weather, owners of pets
are reminded to include them in
their personal evacuation
director of Health Information
Services and Patient Placement,
volunteers with other employees to
operate the on-campus emergency
pet care center. The program is
open only as a final alternative
to designated employees working
during a hurricane or natural
disaster (response team A). It is
offered only on a first-come
first-served basis and by
reservation. There is a $10 fee
per pet to enroll in the center,
which accepts dogs and cats only.
There is a three-pet limit per
Sue Pletcher, along
with other employees, operates
the emergency pet care center.
"Pets can be as
vulnerable as their owners when it
comes to hurricanes, floods, fire
and other disasters. The key is
for owners to be prepared and plan
ahead," said Pletcher, herself a
cat and dog owner.
years, the medical center provided
an emergency pet care center for
designated employees who were
unable to make other arrangements.
The pet care center will be in a
designated area of the
Parking Garage. Employees will be
able to drive up to the designated
pet drop-off area.
Charleston Coliseum serves as an
SPCA-sponsored emergency pet
shelter. It, as well as several
private boarding facilities and
kennels, are available to support
Tri-county area residents.
for dogs and cats should be
current: dogs — rabies, DHLPP/C,
and ITT (Bordetella), which must
be given five days prior to
boarding the animal for it to be
effective; and cats — rabies,
FVRCP and feline leukemia.
Owners should be prepared to
provide their pets' immunization
record; any pet medications
(two-week supply); a labeled
crate; ID tag and collar; bowls
and a three-day supply of food and
water; plus the employee's work
documentation authorizing them to
work during a weather emergency
(response team A).
emphasized the important bond
shared between pets and family.
"Our pets are
part of our families, so we need
to plan for their well-being just
as we do our two-legged children.
Pre-planning is essential. All pet
owners should make arrangements
for their animals during a weather
emergency and not expect others to
accommodate last minute requests."
about local kennels and boarding
facilities, refer to "boarding
facilities for pets" in MUSC's
Severe Weather Plan (Appendix E).
To make reservations, email