People aren’t the only ones who have to find other places to stay when floodwater threatens homes.
Their pets also need a safe place to live.
The Sioux Falls Area Humane Society already has already seen more animals come in because of the flood. While officials say pet owners have been proactive so far, they could see more come in.
Humane Officer Andy Oestreich is traveling with extra supplies these days.
“Small, medium, and large kennels,” Oestreich said.
That’s because she and the rest of the staff at the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society are staying ready for any animals that may need temporary homes during flooding.
“We’re trying to get people to be proactive rather than reactive where we have to go out and help in an unfortunate situation or when it’s too late,” executive director Kori Baade said.
Baade says if you need a place for your animal to stay, they can help.
If your pet has nowhere to go, the shelter can house them for at least five days.
“We’ll keep in good contact with the owners the whole time and can extend that as necessary depending on their conditions,” Baade said.
Or you could consider other arrangements such as a family member’s house or a boarding service.
Whatever you do, it’s best to do it sooner rather than later.
“You can’t control water. It comes fast and in a wicked way when it’s like this,” Baade said.
“Having a plan in place is really important,” Oestreich said.
If you need help for you pet and you live in the City of Sioux Falls, call Animal Control at 605-367-7000.
If you’re outside of town, call the Humane Society at 605-254-4058.
There are some animals the shelter can’t take, such as horses, but they can point you in the right direction.