Local animal hospital offering free ID tags in midst of Isaac

Southside Animal Hospital
When dealing with tropical storms or hurricanes, it's important for pet owners not to forget about their animals.

A local animal clinic offered a helping hand for pet owners today in the form of free identification.

Isaac is closing in on the gulf coast, causing residents to prepare for the worst all across Louisiana's coast, but pet owners can't forget about their animals. Southside Animal Hospital in Lake Charles hosted a free identification tag day on Tuesday.

"With the storm coming, we just wanted people to be aware that their pets needed to be identified if there was ever an event where we needed to evacuate," said Dr. Michelle Traylor.

They started at 10 a.m. and engraved tags most of the day.

"The name tag was a just a way for us to give back to the community and improve awareness that your pets do need to be collared and tagged," said Dr. Traylor.

Dr. Traylor said she was overwhelmed with the pet owners who turned out, especially those getting tags for their cats.

"It's great to see them come in and care that these dogs and cats need to be identified and have this means of identification. It's been great," said Dr. Traylor.

She says with Isaac in the Gulf, the ID tag day should serve as lesson and warning for owners.

"There have been some bad stories where people evacuate and get out to walk their dog, and their dog gets away," said Dr. Traylor. "If that dog has some form of identification, such as a collar and tag, even a rabies tag, we can hopefully reunite that pet back with its owner."

With the peak of hurricane season still weeks away, evacuations may be something residents of southwest Louisiana deal with before the season is over.

"If you do need to evacuate, be sure to have all of your pets medical information, any medications you would need to bring, plenty of food and water," said Dr. Traylor.

Southside Animal Hospital actually ran out of tags early Tuesday afternoon after making dozens of tags.

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