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Lake County Animal Shelter wants pet owners to plan for hurricane emergencies

The Lake County Animal Shelter is inviting residents to participate in the 2022 Cat-Egory 5 Hurricane Expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at the shelter, located at 12280 County Road 448 in Tavares.

The Lake County Animal Shelter will host a hurricane expo on June 18.

The event is being held in cooperation with the Lake County Office of Emergency Management, Lake County Fire Rescue, Lake EMS, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, and the Florida Department of Health in Lake County. It’s an opportunity to prepare for weather emergencies and includes resources for pet safety.

Participants who attend can register for a free pet microchip, rabies and combo vaccines, adoptions, and pet ID tags. Pre-registration for free pet services is required online by visiting https://bit.ly/LCCategory5Expo.

“We are hoping to help residents include the entire family, including their pets, in emergency planning and preparedness,” said Whitney Boylston, director of the shelter. “Should you become separated during a storm, a microchip and ID tag is the best way to safeguard your pet and quickly be reunited after the danger has passed.”

The expo will also include information about family preparedness plans and primary risk shelters, opportunities to interact with first responders and emergency personnel, a Kids Corner offering family-friendly hurricane preparedness activities, food trucks, and more.

“Residents are encouraged to seize this opportunity during blue skies to learn about personal and family emergency preparedness, flooding dangers, recognizing weather hazards, preparing a go-kit and using their knowledge to safely execute their plan during a hurricane,” said Megan Milanese, director of the Lake County Office of Emergency Management.

For more information about the Cat-Egory 5 Hurricane Expo, follow the Lake County Animal Shelter and Lake County Emergency Management on Facebook. For details on preparing for an emergency, visit https://bit.ly/LCPreparedness.

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