/Lake County to Host Hurricane Expo with Free Pet Services

Lake County to Host Hurricane Expo with Free Pet Services

Lake– Lake County Animal Shelter, Office of Emergency Management and UF/IFAS extension office have joined forces to host 2019 Hurricane Expo for Lake County residents.

The event will include information, tools, and how-to presentations for preparing for the hurricane season. Family preparedness and shelter information will be shared, along with emergency crews and first responders on site to talk with and answer questions regarding storm safety protocols.

Lake County Animal Shelters contribution to the event is new this year, featuring free vaccinations, micro-chipping, de-worming for cats and dogs and disbursement of free animal ID tags.

“It’s very important for pet owners to be proactive about getting their pets vaccinated before hurricane season, should they ever find themselves needing to take their pets with them to an emergency shelter during a storm,” said Lake County Animal Shelter Director Whitney Boylston. “Should families ever become separated from their pet during a disaster, a microchip and ID tag is the best way to ensure that pet owners can quickly be reunited with their pet.”

Director of Lake County Emergency Management, Tommy Carpenter, urges residents to take advantage of this event to learn about preparedness, flood dangers, weather hazards, and go kits in addition to the pet services offered in preparation of storm season.

The event will be held on Saturday, June 1st from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at the UF/IFAS extension office located at 1951 Woodlea Rd. in Tavares. There will also be a Kids Corner with related activities.

Pre-registration for pet services is required at http://bit.ly/HurricaneExpo.  More Emergency Management contacts and info can be found at www.lakecountyfl.gov/emergency and via the free weather alert program alertlake.com.

Katy Like is a local freelance writer, nature lover and mom. As an Ocala native, her goal is to share important news and events with central Florida families.