CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control shelter is providing a safe haven for pets as flooding looms.

The Des Moines Register reports that officials hope the offer of shelter will help persuade people to leave their flood-prone homes. The officials say some people might remain in their homes because they can’t find places to stay that will allow pets.

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More than 50 pets have already been taken to the shelter for temporary refuge.

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The shelter also has compiled a list of hotels and other places that will accept pets.

Shelter manager Diane Webber says the shelter handled more than 1,000 dogs, cats and other stranded animals during the record 2008 flooding.

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