Richland County opening pet-friendly shelter to house animals during hurricane

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In an effort to assist Hurricane Florence evacuees with pets, Richland County Government will be opening a pet-friendly shelter to house dogs and cats during the weather emergency.

The Richland County Emergency Pet Facility, at 3216 Broad River Road, is scheduled to open at 5 p.m. Friday. The site is across the street from the Widewater Shopping Center.  Cats and dogs are the only types of animals the shelter can accommodate.

Cats must be in a carrier, and dogs must be on a leash.  Owners must bring their animal’s vaccination records along with food and water.

Only pets up-to-date on their rabies vaccination will be accepted, according to the announcement.  Owners bringing their cats/dogs will need to bring the following:
-food and water for several days
-food and water dishes
-leashes (owners responsible for walking their pets)
-toys or other comfort care items

According to the county’s announcement, owners will be expected to provide daily care for their animals during their stay at the shelter.  Only one family member will be allowed in the facility.  Pet owners must come in the morning and evening to clean cages, feed/water and exercise their pets.

Categories: Columbia, Richland County, Weather