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HSN Preparing for Hurricane Irma

Dear Friends:

This is the time of year when we Floridians need to be alert and prepared, and The Humane Society Naples wants you to know that we have taken all precautionary measures possible for the safety of our animals, volunteers and staff.

We have been monitoring Hurricane Irma closely and the following procedures and protocols have been implemented:

Main Adoption Center

  • We will close at 3pm on Thursday, September 7, until further notice. All animal intakes, including owner surrenders and transfers from other shelters, have already been suspended until further notice.
HSN Veterinary Clinic
  • The clinic will close at 12pm (noon) on Thursday, September 7 and has canceled all appointments through noon on Tuesday, September 12.
Mall Adoption Center
  • The Mall Adoption Center will close at 3pm on Thursday, September 7, until further notice.
Oakes Boarding
  • Reservations have been canceled through Monday, September 11, and all animals already boarded and whose owners are still out of town will be transferred to our main shelter.

Please note that our main shelter was renovated in 2010 and is a safe and secure building with both impact resistant glass, hurricane shutters and an onsite generator.

For animal emergencies, Animal Specialty Hospital and Specialized Veterinary Services plans to remain open, barring extraordinary circumstances.

Please leave feral cat colonies alone. Feral cats are very adept at protecting themselves in disaster situations. For their safety, please leave feral cat colonies alone so that they can seek shelter and higher ground according to their instincts.

Please take every precaution for your own safety and that of your pet. Do not evacuate without them and make sure you bring provisions for your pets such as water, food, medications, collars and leashes, vet records, microchip numbers, photographs of your pet, emergency contact info, cat litter and litter box and food and water bowls.

Remember that pets can be highly sensitive to barometric fluctuations as well as to the stress levels of their owners; keep a firm grip on them when transporting or walking them.

We will reopen as soon as we determine that it is safe to do so and will post that information on our websiteFacebook and Twitter. We don’t anticipate opening to the public before mid-week of next week.

Please stay safe,
The Humane Society Naples Staff

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