MONTGOMERY, Ala. – In response to Tropical Storm Zeta, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) has been in contact with its partners to provide temporary shelter for evacuated livestock including horses and cattle. Animals moving in response to Tropical Storm Zeta will be exempt from a certificate of veterinary inspection.
The Alabama A&M Agribition Center located at 4925 Moore’s Mill Rd, Huntsville, AL 35811, will open effective immediately. The shelter is only equipped to shelter livestock, not pets or companion animals such as dogs or cats. This facility will be available at a first come first serve basis. To contact the A&M Agribition Center call (256) 689-0274. Evacuees will need to bring their own shavings, water buckets, feed, etc.
When evacuating, it’s important for livestock owners to be prepared to care for their animals while they are away. They should bring the following items:
° Current list of all animals, including their records of feeding, vaccinations, and tests. Make sure to have proof of ownership for all animals.
° Supplies for temporary identification of animals, such as plastic neckbands and permanent markers to label animals with owner’s name, address, and telephone number.
° Handling equipment such as halters and appropriate tools for each kind of animal.
° Water, feed and buckets plus tools and supplies needed for sanitation.
For questions or concerns about sheltering livestock during a tropical storm evacuation, please contact ADAI Emergency Programs at (334) 240-7279 or email email@example.com.