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Pet Evacuation, Pet Friendly Emergency Shelters, and Disaster Preparedness for Pets
TIPS AND INFORMATION FOR HELPING YOU AND YOUR PET IN AN EMERGENCY
Do Not Leave Your Pets Behind
If you evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! Pets most likely cannot survive on their own; and if by some remote chance they do, you may not be able to find them when you return. If you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets; consider loved ones or friends outside of your immediate area who would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency.
Be Prepared and Plan Ahead
The key to survival during a disaster, crisis or emergency is to be as prepared as possible before the storm hits. Take the time to make a plan and assemble an emergency kit for you and your pet and you will greatly increase your pet's chances of survival.
Local and state health and safety regulations do not permit the Red Cross to allow pets in disaster shelters. (Service animals are allowed in Red Cross shelters.). It may be difficult, if not impossible, to find shelter for your animals in the midst of a disaster, so plan ahead. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL DISASTER STRIKES TO DO YOUR RESEARCH.
* The best option is to get a friend or relative outside the evacuation area to take your pets, and preferably you, too. If that's not possible, try locating a pet friendly hotel or motel on PetFriendlyTravel.com or one that waives animal prohibitions during evacuations.
* Prepare a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians who could shelter animals in an emergency; include 24-hour phone numbers.
* You may not be home when the evacuation order comes; find out if a trusted neighbor would be willing to take your pets and meet you at a prearranged location.
What is Pet Friendly Evacuation Sheltering?
Pet-friendly evacuation sheltering can be planned and executed in a multitude of ways. In some communities, the human evacuation shelter is within the same room, facility, or campus as accommodations for pets. This allows the animals' owners to have a large role in caring for the pet. In other communities, the human shelter and pet shelter may be in separate locations. In this case, evacuees are told where to bring their pets, while they will be staying at a shelter for people.
If you will need to go to a pet friendly shelter during an evacuation, make sure you have the following items ready to go for your pet: a leash and collar, a crate, a two-week supply of food and water, your pets' vaccination records, medications, and written instructions for feeding and administering medication. If your favorite four-legged friend is feline, be sure you bring kitty-litter and an appropriate container, too.
NOT ALL COMMUNITIES OFFER PET FRIENDLY EMERGENCY/EVACUATION SHELTERS. TO FIND OUT IF THERE IS A PET FRIENDLY SHELTER IN YOUR AREA, CALL YOUR COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE OR LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTER.
Animals in Public Evacuation Centers
Click on the links below to find designated pet friendly emergency/evacuation shelters in the U.S..
Alabama Emergency Animal Shelters
The state shelters will accept "any" animals, including snakes and unvaccinated animals. The state will provide the medical equipment and testing necessary to give rabies shots and will provide medication for any animals with a communicable disease. Owners will not be able to stay with their pets, although there will be some "limited" room elsewhere on the property for owners to stay. Animals are housed at the following facilities:
Houston County Farm Center, 1701 East Cottonwood Road, Dothan, AL (can house 400 domestic animals, 150 large animals).
Garrett Coliseum, 1555 Federal Drive, Montgomery, AL (can house 2,500-5,000 domestic animals, 700-900 large animals).
California Emergency Management Agency: Disaster Preparedness for Your Pets
Evacuation shelters that are pet friendly and other locations to care for family pets are now part of California’s Emergency Planning.
Lompoc, City of: Disaster Preparedness for Your Pet
Be sure to have an emergency plan for the care of your pet.
Monterey County: The SPCA for Monterey County Disaster Preparedness
The SPCA for Monterey County was the very first animal welfare agency in the United States to partner with the American Red Cross and shelter pets adjacent to human evacuation shelters during disasters.
Thank you, Beth!
Lewes, City of: Taking Care of Pets in Disasters
Advice to pet owners and pet caregivers for protecting your pets in a disaster.
Pet Friendly Shelters will be available for residents to shelter with and care for their pets at the following locations:
Port St. John Community Center, 6650 Corto Road, Port St. John, FL 32927
Viera Regional Park, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Melbourne, FL 32940
Palm Bay Regional Park, 1951 Malabar Road NW, Palm Bay, FL 32908
These shelters will be open to people and pets in mandatory evacuation areas only. Shelter openings are incident-specific. Never go to a shelter unless local officials have announced it is open.
Broward County Emergency Management
Currently only one emergency shelter is in existence in Broward County and has limited capacity. Space is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis to those living in a designated emergency evacuation zone, which includes all mobile home parks. The location of the shelter is: Millennium Middle School, 5803 N.W. 94 tth Avenue, Tamarac, Florida 33321.
The pet friendly shelter will be located at the Lecanto Primary School. Dogs (80 pounds or less), cats and birds are welcome. Caging is available for dogs and cats; however if you have an bird, you must provide caging.
Collier County Domestic Animal Services in conjunction with the Collier County Bureau of Emergency Services is offering a pet-friendly shelter to be located at North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Road, Naples, FL. Pre-registration is required. Only cats and dogs are accepted at the shelter.
Pre-registration is required for those people and pets who anticipate they will be evacuating with their pet to the pet shelter.
Pet Friendly Shelter located at DS Parrott Middle School, 19220 Youth Drive, Brooksville, FL 34601. Residents with pets are encouraged to make prior arrangements or call 352-796-5062. Hernando County Animal Services for assistance.
Hillsborough County currently has four designated public pet-friendly shelters:
Bartels Middle School, 9020 Imperial Oak Blvd., Tampa, FL 33647
Burnett Middle School; 1010 N. Kingsway Rd., Seffner, FL 33584
Sgt. Smith Middle School, 14303 Citrus Pointe Dr., Tampa, FL 33625
Shields Middle School, 15732 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin, FL 33573
The owner must be registered at the public shelter in order to utilize the services of the pet-friendly shelter. Space is limited and you must remain at the shelter to provide care for your pet(s). Bring proof of current rabies vaccination, a sturdy carrier, and supplies for your pet. No reservations will be accepted and space is first come, first served.
Indian River County
Indian River County has designated Liberty Magnet School at 6850 81st Street to be the county’s first pet-friendly evacuation shelter. An advance registration application is required from those who plan to use this facility.
Jacksonville, City of
Pet friendly shelters locations will be identified by local emergency management officials in response to the incident at hand and will be relayed to the public through known information thoroughfares such as TV, Radio, JaxReady.com, and social media. The following animal species will be accepted into the shelters: dogs, cats, rodents (such as hamsters, gerbils, etc.), birds, and rabbits. No reptiles will be allowed in shelters.
Lake County has eight primary shelters, and additional shelters are available if necessary. In most circumstances, the primary shelters will be the first to open. In addition to being general population risk shelters, all primary shelters are pet friendly and many serve those residents who have registered with the County's special-needs program. All pets accepted by authorities at shelters must be crated and have documentation of up-to-date rabies vaccinations. The shelters are located at:
Astatula Elementary, 13925 Florida Ave., Astatula
Leesburg Elementary, 2229 South St., Leesburg — special needs and pet friendly
Lost Lake Elementary, 1901 Johns Lake Road, Clermont — special needs and pet friendly
Mascotte Elementary, 460 Midway Ave., Mascotte
Round Lake Elementary, 31333 Round Lake Road, Mount Dora — pet friendly
Spring Creek Elementary, 44440 Spring Creek Road, Paisley
Treadway Elementary, 10619 Treadway School Road, Leesburg — pet friendly
Umatilla Elementary, 401 Lake St., Umatilla — special needs and pet friendly
Villages Elementary, 695 Rolling Acres Road, Lady Lake — special needs and pet friendly
To register for the special-needs program or the public-shelter registry, call the Lake County Emergency Management Division at 352-343-9420.
The shelter(s) may be located at South Fort Myers High School, 14020 Plantation Road, Fort Myers; East Lee County High School, 715 Thomas Sherwin Avenue, Lehigh Acres; or potentially another location(s) depending on the nature and direction of the storm. Only cats and dogs will be admitted. The shelter(s) are to be used only by people affected by mandatory evacuation orders that are unable to seek alternative shelter. More information is available online at Lee County Animal Services
Levy County Animal Services and the Humane Society of Levy County, Inc. have partnered up for Disaster Preparedness. Those that need to evacuate during a Disaster may bring their pets to the Levy County Animal Services Shelter, 12055 NE 69th Lane ( Levy County Landfill Compound ). The Emergency Pet Shelter will open only when the Emergency Management Office opens up the shelters for people. When bringing your pet to the Emergency Pet Shelter you should have a kennel or crate big enough for the animal to turn a round and stand up. A current vaccination record with rabies, pet food, bottled water, strong leashes, medication, food dishes, mechanical can opener, favorite toy or blanket, and cat litter and a pan.
Shelter openings vary with each emergency. Stay tuned to local media for a listing of shelters, to include the pet-friendly shelters, which will be opened for an event. Do not go to the shelter until local officials announce, through the media, that the shelter is open.
Marion County Animal Services hosts a pet-friendly shelter at Vanguard High School, the only county shelter that accepts pets. Owners must provide proof of rabies vaccinations and county licenses for their pets. Birds must have and be in secure cages. Owners must stay at Vanguard but will not be housed in the same building as their pets. Exotic animals, aggressive dogs or animals weighing more than 80 pounds are not accepted.
Martin County Emergency Management, in conjunction with the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast has planned for a Domestic Pet Friendly Sheltering Program for the citizens of Martin County. The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast will house your pet at their facility for residents who are recommended or ordered to evacuate. Pre-Registration is required due to limited capacity.
Pet friendly evacuation centers accept cats and dogs, birds, ferrets, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats and rabbits (small-sized, under 10 pounds, such as California or Dutch breeds). There are currently two centers that accept families with their pets during emergencies:E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion, 10901 SW 24th St., Miami, FL 33165; and Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High, 1410 County Line Road, Miami, FL 33179. Pet owners residing in hurricane evacuation zones, unsafe structures or trailers can participate. Pre-registration for the two shelters is required and space is limited. Residents must provide proof of residency within an evacuation zone and present medical and current vaccination records for each pet. Pet owners must bring supplies for themselves and their pet(s). Limit of four (4) pets per household. Family member must remain in the PHEC with the pet(s).
The following pets are accepted at pet friendly shelters: Dog, Cats, Gerbils, Hamsters, Mice, Rats, Guinea pigs, Small Rabbits (small sized, under 10 pounds), Ferrets, Birds. Pet Friendly Shelters for Category 1 and 2 in Monroe County:
Key West High School, 2100 Flagler Ave.- #4-124 &4-125
Sugarloaf School, 225 Crane Blvd, MM19 - #3-123 & 1-123
Coral Shores High School, 89591 O/S Hwy, MM89.9 - # 2-004A, 2-110A & 2-1108
Stanley Switlik, 3400 O/S Hwy., Marathon - Pets sheltered at Marathon High School. Owners will be responsible to drop their pets off at the Marathon High School for sheltering BEFORE seeking shelter at Stanley Switlik.
Pet Friendly Shelter for Category 3 or higher out of Monroe County: E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion, 10901SW 24th St.
Only special needs residents who pre-register their pets are able to bring their pets with them to a shelter, and only if a pet-friendly sheltering is available at the time, they provide the required supplies (including a cage, food, etc.), and make arrangements in advance of their pickup.
Pet friendly evacuation shelters are located at the Yulee Elementary School, 86063 Felmore Road, Yulee, FL 32097 and Callahan Middle School, 450121 Old Dixie Hwy, Callahan, FL 32011. All pets must have proof of vaccination and Nassau County license, be properly crated or caged and be maintained by their owners. The pet owners must remain in the co-located general population shelter while their pets are in the pet shelter.
Pets are not currently allowed in Okeechobee shelters.
Orange County has four shelters to bring your pet with you in the event of an emergency evacuation: Barnett Park, 4801 W. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32808; Bithlo Community Center, 18801 Washington Ave., Orlando, FL 32820; Ft. Gatlin Recreation Complex, 2009 Lake Margaret Dr., Orlando, FL 32806; and Orlo Vista Park, 1 N. Powers Dr., Orlando, FL 32835. All shelters will not be open at once. Call 311 to find out which shelter is open and accepting pets and their families.
Only certain shelter facilities are designated as "pet friendly". As with all shelters, specific locations are announced prior to an event. However, in an effort to better people plan and prepare for an emergency, the 3 "pet friendly" shelters are Harmony, Kissimmee Middle, and Liberty High. If you intend to evacuate during a hurricane or other situation, please contact the Office of Emergency Management for specific details regarding pet friendly shelters at (407) 742-9000.
General population shelters will not allow pets; however there will be some pet friendly shelters open during the storm for both you and your pet.
Palm Beach County
The county-owned gymnasium at West Boynton Recreation Center (east of high school), 6000 Northtree Blvd. in Lake Worth (between Hypoluxo Road and Gateway Boulevard off the east side of Jog Road) will be available as a pet friendly shelter. Dogs, cats and birds are accepted. No reptiles or livestock. The shelter is restricted to Palm Beach County residents residing in a mandatory evacuation zones or in mobile homes. Proof of residency is required. Space is limited and restrictions apply. Pet owners are required to stay at the shelter. Pets will be housed in separate area from people; pet owners will be given a schedule to attend to their animals' needs. For more information and to pre-register call the Palm Beach Animal Care and Control at 561-233-1266 or Pre-register for the Hurricane Pet Friendly Shelter
The pet friendly shelter is for citizens that reside in evacuation zone A, B, C, and/or a mobile home. Dogs and cats only, no other type of pet will not be accepted.
Three public shelters in Pinellas County will accept pets, with priority given to people who are evacuating manufactured homes and flood zones:
Dunedin Highland Middle School, 70 Patricia Ave., Dunedin
Oak Grove Middle School, 1370 S. Belcher Rd., Clearwater
Thurgood Marshall Middle School, 3901 22 Ave. S., St. Petersburg
Pre-registration is required: online, at Pinellas County Animal Services; or call 727-582-2150.
Dogs, cats, and birds are accepted in pet shelters. No reptiles, exotic animals, pot belly pigs or farm animals.Three shelters in Polk County will accept pets:
Philip O’Brien Elementary School, 1225 East Lime Street, Lakeland, FL 33801
Lake Region High School, 1995 Thunder Road, Eagle Lake, FL 33839
Alta Vista Elementary School, 801 Scenic Highway, Haines City, FL 33844
Pet Shelters are primarily for pet owners who live in mobile or manufactured housing, substandard housing or in an area prone to flooding. All pets must be in an airline approved carrier. Proof of all required vaccinations, food, a leash, a collar and supplies for proper waste disposal must be brought to the shelter.
Pet friendly evacuation shelters are only activated during emergencies. Putnam County only has one PFS. The PFSs must be set up in co-location with American Red Cross shelters. Only those pets whose owner(s) are registered and staying at the Red Cross Shelter will be allowed into the PFS. Any pets left after the owner checks out and leaves the Red Cross Shelter will be turned over to the Putnam Co. Animal Control Shelter. Pets accepted at the PFS are: Dogs - Friendly, No Aggressive Dogs; Cats - Friendly (no feral) Domestic Breeds; Birds; Ferrets, Rabbits, and Pocket Pets. No exotics and no reptiles will be accepted.
Santa Rosa County
The pet friendly shelter is located at Avalon Middle School, 5445 King Arthur's Way, Milton, FL 3258. To utilize the pet friendly shelter, all pets must have proof of current vaccinations. The only pets allowed in the shelter are cats and dogs. Pet owners must stay at the shelter, and will be responsible for caring for their pet and bringing a pet disaster kit. Pet registration is required.
Sarasota County offers six dog and cat-friendly shelters:
North Port High School, 6400 W. Price Blvd., North Port, FL 34291
Pine View School, 501 Old Venice Road, Osprey, FL, 34229
Heron Creek Middle School, 6501 W. Price Blvd., North Port, FL 34291
Brookside Middle School, 3636 S. Shade Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239
Riverview High School, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota, FL 34231
Woodland Middle School, 2700 Panacea Blvd., North Port, FL 34289
These shelters accept dogs and cats only. Pet owners must provide proof of updated license and vaccination and contain their pet in an "airline-approved" pet carrier.
Only two emergency shelters accept pets:
Lyman High, 865 South C.R. 427, Longwood, FL 32750
Bentley Elementary, 2190 Oregon Ave., Sanford, FL 32771
St. Johns County
The following two schools are designated as Pet Friendly Shelters:
South Woods Elementary School, 4750 SR-206 West, Elkton, FL 32033
Timberlin Creek Elementary School, 555 Pine Tree Lane, St Augustine, FL 32092
Pre-registration is not required to go to a Public Pet Friendly Shelter. You only need to register if you need transportation assistance during an evacuation. Pet owners are required to shelter with their pets and care for them. Farm animals and exotics (primates, snakes, spiders, insects, etc.) are not permitted at Pet Friendly Shelters.
In the event of a disaster, owners and their animals will be provided shelter at the Volusia County Fairgrounds on S.R. 44, one-quarter mile east of I-4, or other Volusia County designated pet friendly shelters. All companion animals must have a current license, vaccinations, identification and rabies tags. They must be confined in pet carriers or crates and must be under control at the facility at all times. Some shelters in Volusia County have been designated “pet friendly.” Pet friendly means the owners and their animals can stay at the same shelter, but will be housed separately.
Animal/Pet Friendly Shelters Located in 11 Georgia Counties
The Georgia Department of Agriculture, in coordination with OHS-GEMA and veterinarians across the state, has identified 11 sites across the state for evacuees with animals and/or pets.
Georgia Emergency Management Agency - Shelters
Georgia's emergency shelters are opened on an as-needed basis.
A pet friendly shelter for dogs, cats, birds, livestock, and horses is located at Augusta Exchange Club Fairgrounds, 301 Hale Street, Augusta, GA 30901.
Hawaii State Civil Defense
The State of Hawaii’s Civil Defense program in partnership with island humane societies has developed a list of designated shelters that will welcome pets. Pet shelters are in separate rooms or buildings on public school campuses where emergency shelters for people are. The animals will be cared for by Humane Society volunteers. In the event of a disaster, listen to radio and television broadcasts to find out if your nearest shelter will be open. Depending on the nature of the emergency, not all shelters may open.
The Kauai Humane Society provides a pets only evacuation shelter for dogs, cats and small animals. There are requirements for each pet and space is limited. Public emergency sheltering services are available on a first come, first serve basis; no reservations are taken.
Louisiana Animal Evacuation
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry is the lead agency charged with the evacuation and sheltering of household pets during a declared disaster in Louisiana. Parish governments and animal/pet facilities must file an emergency plan with the local parish office of emergency preparedness and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry by March 1st on an annual basis.
Louisiana State Animal Response Team
For people who do not have any transportation during an evacuation event, Parish OEP will be setting up Parish Pick-Up points for assisted transportation and there may be transportation available there for the pets of those families seeking evacuation assistance but NOT for self-evacuators.
Pet-friendly shelters may be opened during an evacuation. This information will be available at shelter information points.
New Orleans, City of - Pet Evacuation
If you require City Assisted Evacuation to leave town and you have a pet, please note: Small pets (about 15 pounds) that can be held on your lap or can fit in a lap carrier can ride with you on the bus. Larger animals, aggressive animals, pets that are hard to control, or multiple animals cannot all ride with you to the train station. If you have a pet that cannot ride the bus, provisions will be made to get your pet to the Union Passenger Terminal. You will stay at the pick-up location with your animal until it is picked up.
During a large-scale disaster, Baltimore County does not have the resources to care for thousands of animals. During certain small-scale emergencies, Baltimore County emergency managers do have the capability to open a "pet friendly" shelter at Eastern Technical High School in Essex. This shelter allows pet owners to bring leashed and crated dogs, cats and other pets weighing less than 80 pounds (excluding exotic pets). The animals are not allowed to intermingle with human evacuees in order to protect citizens with pet allergies or a fear of animals. They will be housed elsewhere on the school site, and pet owners will be able to visit and care for them.
Special needs clients are able to bring their pet(s) with them to shelter providing that Pet-Friendly sheltering is available at the time.
Cape Cod Disaster Animal Response Team
A key element of the full-service regional shelter includes being able to provide shelter for pets, which is organized by the Cape Cod Disaster Animal Response Team (CCDART). Pet-friendly shelters put animals and their owners in close-enough proximity that the owners can provide the majority of care for their pets.
Mississippi Board of Animal Health
Mississippi Board of Animal Health (MBAH) will direct and control all activities related to animal protection and control during an emergency. Pet-friendly shelter locations will be those designated by Mississippi Board of Animal Health/Emergency Management Team as meeting the safety standards for humans and/or animals. The pet-friendly shelter area should be large enough to separate species and, if necessary, quarantine for health and safety of animals, owners, and volunteers. Separate areas should be designated for dogs, cats, and other small animals; Owners will be required to bring records of recent vaccinations, identification tags or collars, documentation of animal work status, i.e. seeing eye, disability assistance, NASAR certification, etc.
The Humane Society of South Mississippi and the Emergency Management Agency have teamed up to provide a pet friendly evacuation shelter of last resort. Harrison Central High School, 15600 School Rd, Gulfport, MS will be a safe place of refuge for those pet owners with nowhere else to go. You must pre-register if you think you will need space at the shelter in the event of a mandatory evacuation.
Ocean City Natural Disaster Shelters
Animal shelter officials will be present at each shelter to transport animals to the animal shelter in Gautier. The Jackson County Pet Shelter (228-497-6350) will be at 4400 Audubon Dr Gautier, MS 39553.
Cape May County Animal Response Team (CART)
The goal is for the CART to have the basic capability of providing shelter for approximately 250 animals now and as many as 500 animals in the future. Also, for the county to have the ability to independently operate these shelters for 72 hours and maintain shelter operations for at least 5 days with proper requested assistance.
New York City Office of Emergency Management
The NYC emergency sheltering system is friendly to all pets but you will be responsible for their care so please bring your pet’s food, leashes, cage, and medication. Ideally, you should arrange to shelter other pets at a kennel or with friends or relatives outside the evacuation area. Legal pets with proper identification will be admitted into shelters with their owners. Owners should bring cleaning and food supplies with them, as well as containers and leashes.
A Pet Shelter is open at Nassau County Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale and in the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter in Port Washington.
Suffolk County, Long Island
Suffolk County will provide Pet Friendly shelters where you and your pet can go in the event of of an Evacuation or Emergency. The following facilities, for dogs, cats and birds only, will serve as Pet Friendly Shelters during times of emergency: Suffolk County Fire Academy, Maple Avenue, Yaphank, NY 11980; The Islip/Brentwood Recreation Center, 99 3rd Avenue, Brentwood, NY 11751; and Suffolk County Community College-Eastern Campus, Woodlands and Corchaug Buildings, 121 Speonk-Riverhead Road, Riverhead, NY 11901. Not every emergency requires opening a pet friendly shelter, therefore, residents should check this for announcements as to which Pet Friendly Shelters are open.
North Carolina State Animal Response Team
The State Animal Response Team, an organization formed by representatives of state agencies and animal groups, will help with equipment and staff that can be dispatched to a particular site during an emergency.
Pets are not allowed in shelters. There will be a designated Pet Shelter at Newport Middle School that will accept pets during an emergency. Companion Hurricane Shelter Pre-Registration Form
Pets are not allowed in shelters. However, Chowan County may have a pet shelter available, check local resources for information or the Animal Control Department.
Cumberland County - Pet Planning
For health and space reasons, pets will not be allowed in public emergency shelters.
There are designated Pet Friendly Shelters in Forsyth County. Each of these locations will house evacuated citizens in one area and their owned pets in separate but co-located facilities. Each of the Pet Friendly evacuation shelters will have a veterinarian volunteer on the premises to evaluate the pets of evacuated citizens. Pets with significant injuries or illnesses will be transported to an animal hospital designated for the medical treatment of animals.
Mecklenburg County -
Animal Care & Control works with Emergency Management and American Red Cross to ensure that emergency sheltering for pets is available for anyone who needs to evacuate their home. Animal Care & Control may set up temporary pet shelters at various Red Cross Evacuation Shelters to house pets. Stay tuned to your local news stations for information on the locations of Evacuation Shelters.
New Hanover County
New Hanover County Animal Control Services will shelter your pet at no cost. Noble Middle School is a Co-location Shelter where you can seek shelter with your pet. You and your pet will be housed in separate locations of the school.
There will be an emergency pet shelter located with the American Red Cross shelter at Jacksonville Commons Middle School, 315 Commons Drive South, Jacksonville, NC 28546. Dogs, cats and caged birds which are accompanied by their owners staying in the shelter will be accepted. No other types of animals will be accepted. Only individuals who have checked in to stay at the emergency shelter themselves will be allowed to bring pets. Pets will be housed in an area separate from people, but owners are expected to provide care (feeding & exercising) for their own pets. C.A.R.T. volunteers will provide overnight for the emergency pet shelter and will provide care for the pets of the elderly and disabled.
Pet owners may bring their pets with them to the shelter. However, pets are not allowed to stay in human shelters. Arrangements are made for Animal Protection or Animal Control to receive the pet and carry it to a pet shelter.
Local emergency shelters for people will not accept pets, but when such shelters open the Pitt County Animal Response Team will open a shelter to board pets.
Three Red Cross shelters in Forsyth County have been designated as pet friendly shelters where pets and their owners may reside in the same building–but not the same room. These may not be open for each disaster; therefore, you should make arrangements for your pet(s) before disaster strikes.
County Animals Rescue and Evacuation (CARE)
The County Animals Rescue and Evacuation (CARE) of Lorain, Medina and Summit counties provide emergency asistance for all animals during a disaster. CARE is recognized by the Ohio Emergency Management Agency as the official disaster response team for animals in northeast Ohio (Regions 2 & 5).
Rhode Island Animal Response Team (RIDART)
RIDART provides humane care and handling of animals before, during, and after disasters by staffing emergency animal care centers.
Some counties are planning temporary emergency animal shelter facilities, but not all are in place and should only be used as a last resort. Call your local emergency management office, animal shelter or veterinarian to get advice and information on boarding your pet. Many of these facilities require your pet’s medical records to make sure all vaccinations are current.
A Pet Shelter is located at the North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston, SC. Only one person per per allowed. If you relocate to the pet shelter, remember to bring pet supplies, medical records, and pet identification information.
Virginia - Pet Sheltering in an Emergency Evacuation
Virginia now offers pet sheltering and a few designated shelters. These shelters will be located throughout the state. Please tune into radio, television, and internet for information regarding which shelters have opened. Information will also be provided concerning transportation to the state shelters. When you arrive at a shelter with your pet, you will need the following: photo i.d. for the pet owner, shot records for all pets, notes about any medications or special dietary needs, food, leashes for dogs and carriers for cats or birds. Owners will be expected to care for their own pets based on a schedule. This involves feeding, walking, cleaning, and medicating. Volunteers will be available to assist you. Transportation will be provided to pet shelters that are not within walking distance of the people shelters.
In case of emergency two shelters can be designated as pet friendly.
Humane Evacuation Animal Rescue Team (H.E.A.R.T) and the American Red Cross are working to provide shelter for owners and their animals. In the event of a disaster, owners and their animals will be provided shelter. All companion animals must have current license, vaccinations, ID and rabies tags. They will need to be confined to pet carriers or crates and be under control at the facility at ALL times.
Wyoming - Pets and Disasters
Tips for keeping your pet safe during a disaster.