Nola's Notes

June 1, 2024 at 5:07 p.m.

Stock Up on Pet Supplies for Hurricane Season
The Hurricane Sales Tax Exemption Holiday runs Saturday, June 1st through Friday, June 14th. Some pet supplies are tax exempt during this time period so take advantage of this “holiday” to make sure you have all the supplies you need for your pet in the event of a hurricane. Items that are tax-exempt include dry cat and dog food weighing 50 pounds or less; wet dog and cat food cans/pouches; portable kennels or pet carriers; pet beds, cat litter weighing 25 pounds or less; leashes, collars and muzzles, pet pads, collapsible or travel-sized food and water bowls, cat litter pans, pet waste disposal bags and hamster and rabbit substrate. There are price caps on items, so for the complete list showing price limits, go to

Is Your Pet Prepared for a Hurricane?

Here are some tips on what to pack for your pets if a hurricane threatens this area and you are forced to leave your home.

• Sturdy leashes, harnesses and/or carriers to transport pets safely and ensure that they can’t escape. Make sure you have a well-secured collar on the pet with tags. An extra leash, harness and collar are wise. Include a muzzle, if necessary.

• Secure carrier or collapsible cage for each pet with bedding. Make sure your pet has room to stand comfortably and turn around & house a litter box if appropriate. Have your pet comfortable with the cage/carrier beforehand, in case they have to live in it for several days.

• Food, drinking water, bowls, cat litter/pan and a manual can opener if your pet eats canned food. Have at least a 2-week supply stored in a watertight container with a label and your name.

• Medications and copies of medical records stored in a waterproof container. Keep extra medication during hurricane season or have a copy of the prescription. Make sure you have a copy of their current vaccinations, as public shelters & boarding facilities will not admit animals without current vaccines.

• A first aid kit.

• Current photos of you with your pet(s) in case they get lost. Since many pets look alike, this will help to eliminate mistaken identity and confusion.

• Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to foster or board your pets.

• Pet beds and toys, if easily transportable.

• Newspaper, paper towels, cleaning disinfectant and plastic trash bags for waste. Cat litter, liners & a pan for cats.

• Out of area contact name and phone number.

• Make sure that your pet’s vaccinations are current and that all dogs and cats are wearing collars with securely fastened, up-to-date identification. Many pet shelters require proof of current vaccinations to reduce the spread of disease.

• Consider having your pet micro-chipped by your veterinarian. 

• Label all supplies with your name and phone.