The Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha reminds pet owners to make housing arrangements for your animals if you are forced into evacuating your home. Spokesperson Pam Wiese says their animal shelter is just that, a shelter and not a sanctuary and they are not set up for animal boarding. She says they have made a few exceptions and have kept pets for some who had to evacuate while other plans were being made but they can not do this on a long-term basis.
Wiese says they also received calls from horse owners near Ft. Calhoun who needed help in finding a place to pasture their horses during an evacuation. She says they do have a horse foster care program and they were able to find space for these animals.
Wiese says they are also working with disaster officials in the event there is a large evacuation and shelters will be set up for homeowners. They will then set up a shelter nearby to house the pets of those evacuated.
Wiese reminds all pet owners to get your animal micro chipped now in case there is confusion during an evacuation and the animal runs away or becomes lost. She says this is the best way to reunite an owner with his or her animal.