Nonprofit Animal Clinic Urges Pet Owners to Take Precautions to Ensure Pets are Safe During Storm
ORANGE PARK, Fla. – (Sept. 6, 2017) — As Hurricane Irma approaches Florida, Clay Humane, a nonprofit animal clinic located in Orange Park, is urging pet owners to take precautions to ensure pets are safe during the storm.
“It is vital that all pet owners take precautions to ensure their pets’ safety as Hurricane Irma approaches Florida,” said Dr. Christian Broadhurst, senior staff veterinarian at Clay Humane. “Many pets went missing during Hurricane Harvey last week in Texas. Taking precautions ahead of the storm will help keep your pets safe.”
Dr. Broadhurst recommends the following tips to prepare pets for Hurricane Irma:
- Update Your Information: Ensure your pets’ tags and microchips include updated addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.
- Stock Up on Pet Essentials: Remember to buy fresh water and food for your pets while shopping for hurricane supplies.
- Create an Emergency Kit: Pack a pet first-aid kit, a three or four-day supply of your pets’ foods and medications, bottled water, feeding dishes, litter and / or disposable garbage bags and extra leashes and harnesses. Also remember to pack photocopies of your pets’ medical records and pictures of your pet(s) in case you are separated. For birds, pack a spray bottle filled with water for their wings. Make sure to pack a sturdy bowl for reptiles to soak in and ample bedding for small animals like hamsters or guinea pigs. Keep this kit in a safe place in case you have to evacuate or shelter in place.
- Ensure You Have Proper Crates and Carriers: Place or identify which crates and / or carriers you will take if you have to evacuate. Make sure they are labeled with your name and your pets’ names. If your bird’s carrier does not have a perch, line it with paper towels for easy cleaning.
- Know Your Local Pet-Friendly Shelters: Many areas offer emergency shelters open to animals.
- Information about pet-friendly shelters in Duval County is available at http://www.coj.net/departments/fire-and-rescue/emergency-preparedness/be-jaxready/shelter-information/pet-friendly-shelters.
- Registration for pet-friendly shelters in Clay County is available at http://www.claycountygov.com/departments/animal-care-control/pet-friendly-shelter-registry.
- St Johns County pet-friendly shelters include: South Woods Elementary School, 4750 SR-206 West and Timberlin Creek Elementary School, 555 Pine Tree Lane
- Nassau County pet-friendly shelters include: Yulee Elementary School, 86063 Felmore Rd., Yulee, FL 32097, Callahan Middle School, 450121 Old Dixie Hwy, Callahan, FL 32011 and Hilliard Middle/Senior School, 1 Flashes Ave, Hilliard, FL 32046
- Keep Pets Indoors: If you aren’t evacuating, ensure your pets are inside away from rain and hurricane-force winds.
- Keep Pets Calm: Give pets blankets and towels and plenty of fresh water to keep them comfortable. Offer pets safe toys to play with to keep them from getting bored or anxious.
“It is crucial to prepare in advance for pets just like you would for other members of your family,” said Broadhurst. “Now is the time to buy supplies and create plans to ensure your entire family, including the furry family members, stay safe through the storm.”
About Clay Humane
Clay Humane is a nonprofit animal welfare organization offering spay / neuter surgeries and other veterinary care at substantially reduced rates. Located in Orange Park, Fla., the clinic also offers humane education, pet behavioral counseling, pet therapy, wildlife protection and disaster preparation and response. Established in 1978, Clay Humane relies on grants, donations and fundraisers to operate and is committed to providing care to animals throughout Florida’s First Coast. For more information about Clay Humane, please visit www.clayhumane.org.
Editor’s Note: Dr. Christian Broadhurst is available for interviews about Hurricane Irma preparedness for pets.
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Professional Educators Network of Florida Awards Boca Raton Reading Teacher a $1,000 Room Revamp to Inspire Students to Learn
WEST PALM BEACH, FL – (Aug. 16, 2017) – Professional Educators Network of Florida (PEN), a professional organization providing development opportunities and legal support to teachers throughout the state of Florida, has awarded a free classroom makeover to a Palm Beach County teacher. Kelly Kayle-Gallon of Spanish River Community High School is the recipient of the makeover, worth $1,000.
“I was delighted when PEN told me I had won the classroom makeover. I teach students who struggle with reading comprehension, so I want to offer them the most engaging and fun learning environment possible,” said Kayle-Gallon. “I moved into a classroom that had undergone some construction this summer, and there was drywall and dust everywhere. PEN helped me clean up the room, creating a new look and comfortable reading areas. PEN has energized me, and the classroom makeover will inspire my students to learn.”
PEN asked members to explain in a few sentences why they deserved a makeover of their classroom at the end of June. In July, PEN board members selected a winner based on the teacher’s needs, experience and commitment to education. PEN notified Kayle-Gallon she won the makeover in mid-July and renovations were completed by the first week of August.
“Many people don’t realize it, but the average teacher spends $500 per year of his or her own money on classroom supplies,” said Cathy DeMoisey, executive director of PEN. “In addition to online classes, legal support and networking opportunities, PEN has given away thousands of dollars in makeovers and gift cards to our members. Our goal is to make Florida a better place for teachers to teach and students to learn.”
The makeover of Kayle-Gallon’s classroom gave her students flexible seating options, the 2017 Florida Teen Reads set, new library shelving, lighting, rugs and organization systems throughout the classroom. PEN sponsored the classroom makeover, with Home Depot donating paint and wood for storage and seating. Home Depot also cut the wood to project dimensions at no cost. The school’s principal donated a large wall stencil of the school’s mascot, the shark. Volunteers helped paint and assemble items for the classroom.
Last summer, PEN updated the books in a classroom library in Hernando County. PEN plans to offer the classroom makeover contest in other Florida counties in the future.
“At PEN, we want to support our teachers in as many ways as possible,” said DeMoisey. “We value each of our members and are proud to support educators across the state of Florida. Our goal is to give back to the teachers who give so much to their students. Our children are the future of the Sunshine State.”
PEN has been supporting Florida teachers for more than 20 years. PEN offers professional development, legal support and protection and networking opportunities via online groups and in-person meetings. PEN membership costs $18 per month for teachers and $13 per month for support personnel, teacher aides and some other school staff members. Student and retired teachers can join PEN for $20 per year. To become a PEN member, visit penfl.org.
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About Professional Educators Network of Florida
Professional Educators Network of Florida (PEN) is a professional organization providing professional development opportunities and legal support to teachers in the state of Florida since 1995. PEN offers teachers a wide variety of benefits but does not have as many members as the union in the state of Florida. PEN’s dues are lower than union dues and PEN does not endorse political candidates. For more information about PEN, visit www.penfl.org.
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