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Pet Evacuation and Pet Friendly Emergency Shelters

Find information on pet evacuation in a disaster, pet friendly evacuation shelters, pet friendly emergency shelters, hurricane shelters with pets

Since Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, major changes have been made to federal and state emergency planning laws with respect to animals. At the time, there were no laws that required that animals be evacuated, rescued or sheltered in an emergency. The lack of provisions for pets put human health and safety in jeopardy because some pet owners chose to weather the storm at home for fear of what would happen to their animals. As a result, federal and state laws have been passed to include provisions for evacuation of animals, rescue and recovery, shelters and tracking in disaster plans.

Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act
In 2006, the federal Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) was passed. PETS directs the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop emergency preparedness plans and ensure that state and local emergency plans take into account the needs of individuals with pets and service animals during a major disaster or emergency. Since then, over 30 states have adopted either a law that deals with disaster planning and pets or have made known administrative plans on the subject. PETS Act FAQ

AKC Pet Disaster Relief
After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, local Emergency Management teams are now required by Federal Law to have readiness plans and resources available to help citizens and their pets in the event of a disaster. AKC Pet Disaster Relief helps local Emergency Management provide animal care services immediately following a disaster. AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers are stocked with essential, nonperishable necessities for sheltering pets. The supplies can be used to create a safe, temporary home-base for displaced animals and can be used to create one of two types of animal shelters. Co-location Shelters: A shelter that houses both humans and their animal companions. The people housed at the shelter are responsible for their animal’s general care. Lost and Found Pet Shelters: Displaced animals are housed in what often becomes a pop-up reunion center as people and animals are reunited. Approved volunteers and shelter staff provide animal care.

Take Your Pets With You in an Emergency
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. Never leave a pet chained outdoors. 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 family 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, locate a pet friendly hotel or motel on 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 and a current rabies vaccination tag, 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, contact your county emergency management office or local animal shelter

Further Information and Resources
American Kennel Club (AKC) - Do You Have a Disaster Plan for Your Dog?
From fires and floods to hurricanes and earthquakes, the worst can and does happen to dog owners all over the country. Just like you should have a plan in place for the humans in your family, you also need a disaster plan for your dog.

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) - Pets and Disasters
AVMA has developed a Pet Evacuation Kit to help those in a storm's path safely account for their pets as they prepare to leave the area.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Animals in public evacuation centers
Know the risks of housing animals and people in one location; and how to minimize the health risks of pets in human evacuation centers.

ASPCA Disaster Preparedness
Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe, so the best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared.

American Red Cross: Pet Disaster Preparedness
Learn how to prepare your pets for an emergency evacuation and help them recover afterward.

Department of Homeland Security: Pets and Animals
Know what disasters could affect your area, which could call for an evacuation and when to shelter in place. Have a plan that includes your pets.

Florida Emergency Management - Have a Pet Plan
The best way to protect your family from the effects of a disaster is to have a disaster plan. If you are a pet owner, that plan must include your pets.

Click on the links below to find designated pet friendly emergency/evacuation shelters in the U.S..

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Baldwin County Emergency Management - Hurricane Nate
Check for updates on Hurricane Nate.

Baldwin County - Pet Shelter Contacts and Locations
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. For more information on Alabama Regional Emergency Animal Shelters, call ADAI at 334.240.7278.
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).

Lee County Emergency Management

Mobile County Emergency Management

Mobile County - Mobile SPCA
Mobile County Emergency Management has asked the Mobile SPCA to once again run the emergency pet shelter in the event of a hurricane or other disaster. The shelter will be set up in the now Boys and Girls Club (old Semmes school) on Wulff Road. The "pet" shelter will be opened anytime a "people" shelter is opened. If you are staying in a "people" shelter, your pet will be able to ride out the storm in the "pet" shelter. Unless you are a Mobile SPCA volunteer, you cannot stay with your pet. If you are leaving the area, however, you must take your pet with you or make arrangements with a veterinarian or boarding facility. You can not leave your pet at the "pet" shelter if you are leaving town.

Mobile County Emergency Management - Evacuating Pets
Most local shelters will not allow pets so you must make other arrangements so you and your pet will not be stranded in the face of an emergency. While Mobile County operates a pet shelter during a large scale evacuation, space is extremely limited.


Tucson, City of
The City of Tucson has a comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan that accommodates keeping families together and that includes pets. Every effort will be made to provide pet shelters. Generally, pets are not allowed in emergency shelters, with the exception of service animals.


California Animal Response Emergency System (CARES)
The California Animal Response Emergency System (CARES) is committed to helping individuals and families plan for their pets during emergencies. CARES is an operational guidance to assist with all aspects of animal care and control in the event of a disaster or emergency. In addition, CARES provides resources for the public, for animal businesses, for shelters, and for emergency planners.

Lompoc, City of: Disaster Preparedness for Your Pet
Find local Pet Shelter Resources.

Los Angeles, City of - Department of Animal Services - Emergency Preparedness for Your Pets

Los Angeles, City of - Department of Animal Services - Emergency Preparedness/Large Animal Evacuation
In the event of an emergency where evacuations are ordered by emergency personnel, Los Angeles Animal Services will activate evacuation sites for equines and other large animals. Various locations may be used, depending on the location of the emergency and the area to be evacuated. If there is an emergency in your area and you believe evacuation is likely, or if you have been ordered to evacuate, please contact one of the animal Shelters below to get current information on large animal evacuation sites for your area.
West Valley Center : (818) 756-9325 from 8 a.m. to midnight
East Valley Center : (818) 756-9323 24 hours a day

Los Angeles, County of - County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Control and Care - Emergency Response
The Department is prepared to respond to most disasters within Los Angeles County. To help ease the anxiety (of both the pet and pet owner) during these times, the Department utilizes rescue trailers that can house displaced animals near their owners at Red Cross centers.

Los Angeles, County of - County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Control and Care - Emergency Preparedness/Horses and Livestock
Equine Response Team (ERT) is a team of specially trained volunteers that provide emergency evacuation and temporary sheltering for horses and livestock in need of evacuation and care. Situations requiring ERT include wildfires; mudslides or other natural disasters; manmade disasters; and the rescue of large numbers of animals from inhumane conditions.

Los Angeles County: Office of Emergency Management Pet Preparedness

Madera County Office of Emergency Services Pet Care Plan

Monterey County: The SPCA for Monterey County Disaster Preparedness
The SPCA for Monterey County was the very first animal welfare agency in the U.S. to partner with the American Red Cross and shelter pets adjacent to human evacuation shelters during disasters.
Thank you, Beth!

Santa Cruz County - Emergency Preparedness Planning for Your Pets


Connecticut Emergency Management

Connecticut State Animal Response Team (STSART)
The Connecticut State Animal Response Team (CTSART) program is a collaboration among government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, industry, and volunteers for preparing and responding to animal needs in disasters. It is a public-private partnership, organized to prepare our state for any disaster that involves domestic animals in Connecticut.

Ellington, Town of - Pet Preparedness
Emergency Management has chosen two locations in town to set up shelters, the High School and Middle School. In the event of a disaster, residents will be advised as to which shelter will be opened. If you decide to come to the shelter, there are items you will need to bring for your pets. You should have one crate per animal, big enough for them to stand up, lay down and turn around in. You must also bring food, medications, proof of vaccinations, cat litter, toys, leashes, collars, and muzzles (if needed). Your pets must be up to date on their Rabies vaccination. A photo i.d. must be presented by the pet owner, along with any identification for the pet, such as licenses or microchip information. If your pet is not microchipped, it is highly recommended that you consider this.

Fairfield, Town of - Emergency Preparedness Resources


Delaware Emergency Management

Lewes, City of: Taking Care of Pets in Disasters
Tips for pet owners and pet caregivers for protecting pets in a disaster.


Florida Division of Emergency Management: Get a Pet Plan

Hurricane Preparedness for Horse Owners: Florida
Includes information on horse evacuations and disaster preparedness tips.

Alachua County Emergency Management

Bay County Emergency Services

Bradford County Emergency Management

Brevard County Emergency Management Shelters

Brevard County Emergency Management

Broward County Emergency Management

Calhoun County Emergency Management

Charlotte County Emergency Management

Citrus County
The pet friendly shelter will be located at the Lecanto Primary School, 3790 W Educational Path, Lecanto, FL 34461. 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. All animals must be up-to-date with their county license and rabies vaccination. DHPP is recommended for dogs and FVRCP for cats. You must bring this information with you. You can pre-register your pet(s) to stay at the shelter. Animal Control will be in charge of this shelter.

Clay County Emergency Management

Collier County Emergency Management

Columbia County Emergency Management

Destin, City of (Okaloosa County) - Hurricane Information
There are NO shelters in Destin. Currently, Okaloosa County has two pet friendly shelters located north of Destin in or near Crestview:
Davidson Middle School - 6261 Old Bethel Rd., Crestview, FL (Special Needs Shelter)
Northwest Florida State College - Raider Arena, 90 College Blvd., Niceville, FL
Antioch Elementary - 4700 Whitehurst Lane Crestview, FL
Pets are not kept with the populace. They are kept separately.

DeSoto County Emergency Management

Dixie County Emergency Services

Duval County/JaxReady

Escambia County Emergency Management

Escambia County - Horse Evacuation
The Escambia County Equestrian Center, in times of severe weather in surrounding areas, can be opened by Escambia County to serve as a host shelter for horses. If opened for evacuees, stalls and RV sites are available at a nominal cost on a first come, first serve basis. Currently, the Equestrian Center, 7750 Mobile Hwy, Pensacola, FL 32526, is open as a host shelter for Hurricane Irma evacuees from south Florida or Hurricane Harvey evacuees from Texas or Louisiana. The Equestrian Center is located at 7750 Mobile Hwy, Pensacola, FL 32526/

Flagler County Emergency Services

Florida Keys (Monroe County)
No shelters will be open anywhere in the Florida Keys for a Category 3-5 hurricane. Main shelter: Monroe County residents and their pets can seek public shelter at the E Darwin Fuchs Pavilion located at the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition, 10901 SW 24th St., Miami, FL 33165. Category 1-2 hurricane shelter located at Key West High School, 2100 Flagler Ave.

Fort Lauderdale, City of (Broward County) - Hurricane Preparedness: Planning for Your Pets

Franklin County Florida Emergency Management

Gilchrist County Emergency Management

Glades County Emergency Management

Gulf County Emergency Management

Hardee County Emergency Management

Hendry County Emergency Management

Hernando County Emergency Management

Hillsborough County Emergency Management

Hollywood, City of (Broward County) - Hurricane Season Preparedness

Holmes County Emergency Management

Indian River County Emergency Management

Indian River County - Pet Evacuation Shelter
Indian River County has designated Liberty Magnet School at 6850 81st Street in Vero Beach as the county’s pet-friendly evacuation shelter. The Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County has accepted the responsibility of helping manage this shelter. To qualify for using the pet-friendly shelter, evacuees must meet certain requirements. First, they must reside in a mandatory evacuation area. Next, they must bring with them an animal crate large enough to comfortably accommodate bedding, a litter pan, and food/water. Finally, they are required to show proof of a current rabies vaccination and a county license for their pet, if applicable. Indian River County Pet Friendly Shelter Registration Form

Lake County - Where Lake County Shelters are Located
As of September 7, 2017, all Lake County shelters also accept pets with up-to-date rabies vaccinations. Pets brought to the shelters must be crated, and owners must bring the required paperwork, along with food and water for their pets.

Lake County Emergency Management

Lee County Emergency Management

Leon County Emergency Management

Levy County Emergency Management

Liberty County Emergency Management

Madison County Emergency Management

Manatee County - Emergency Shelters

Manatee County Emergency Management

Martin County - Shelter Info

Martin County - Humane Society of the Treasure Coast
Martin County has an agreement with the Treasure Coast Humane Society at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, to house PETS ONLY of families living in mandatory evacuation zones. For more information and to pre-register, call 772-223-8822. Pre-Registration is required due to limited capacity. Pets must have written proof of current vaccinations, identification and rabies tag. No sick animals will be accepted.
Find out what you need to bring when you board your pets at the HSTC

Miami-Dade Country - Disaster Preparedness
Pet owners residing in qualified evacuation zones, unsafe structures or mobile homes can participate in the Pet-Friendly Evacuation Centers (PEC). Pet friendly evacuation centers accept more than just cats and dogs. They also accept birds, ferrets, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats and rabbits (small-sized, under 10 pounds, such as California or Dutch breeds). There is currently one center that accepts families with their pets during emergencies:
E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds and Exposition, 10901 SW 24th St., Miami, FL 33165.
Requirements for admittance to Pet Friendly Evacuation Centers: Provide proof of residency within an evacuation zone
Present medical and current vaccination records for each pet. Annual rabies vaccinations and a visible Miami-Dade County dog license are required by Miami-Dade County Code. Strict enforcement concerning these violations is essential to ensure a rabies-free community. Cats are also required to have annual rabies vaccinations.
Pet owners must bring supplies for themselves and their pet(s)
Limit four pets per household
Family member must remain in the PEC with the pet(s)
Animal Services does not board animals during emergencies. The Pet Adoption and Protection Center will be crowded due to displaced animals immediately after a storm, and it is not possible to kennel owned animals prior to an emergency event.

Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management

Monroe County Emergency Management

Monroe County- Pets
Monroe County Shelters will not open in a Category 3, 4, or 5 Hurricane; you will need to evacuate to the mainland out-of-county shelter. For a Category 3 or higher Hurricane, Monroe County residents and their pets can seek public shelter at the E Darwin Fuchs Pavilion located at the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition, 10901 SW 24th St., Miami, FL 33165.
Monroe County Pet Friendly Shelters for Category 1 & 2 (In-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
Marathon High School, 350 Sombrero Rd.
Pre-register pet(s) for Monroe County shelters

Nassau County Emergency Management

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

Okeechobee County
Pets are not currently allowed in Okeechobee shelters. Contact local pet shelters before an event to determine if that shelter will suit you and your animal's needs.

Okeechobee County Emergency Management

Orange County - Shelters

Orange County, Florida Government

Osceola County - Pet Friendly Shelters

Osceola County Emergency Management.

Palm Beach County - Animal officials seek 4 or 5 hurricane pet shelters in Palm Beach County
Next time a monster storm comes knocking, Palm Beach County’s animal authorities aim to have four or five pet-friendly shelters instead of just one. With Hurricane Irma still one day away, Palm Beach County’s only pet-friendly public shelter filled and authorities had to get permission to send the overflow to the neighboring high school where only humans were supposed to be bunked.

Palm Beach County Emergency Management

Palm Beach County - Pets Plan
There is currently one shelter in Palm Beach County which take both pets and their owners. However, there is limited space available for housing pets during a disaster. For this reason, it's very important that you plan ahead, and decide what you're going to do with your pet when disaster strikes. Your choices include either boarding your pet in a Pet Shelter, or evacuating to a hotel or motel taking your pet with you.

Pasco County, Florida Government

Pinellas County Government

Polk County Emergency Management

Port St. Lucie, City of (St. Lucie County) - Pet safety and emergency readiness
Do not leave your pets home alone. If you need to evacuate, and for some reason are not able to take your pets with you, please contact a Boarding Facility or your Veterinarian to see if they have any availability for your pet(s). Port St. Lucie Animal Control does not board animals at their Facility. The St. Lucie County Humane Society website has a list of boarding facilities and pet-friendly hotels in the area. If your pet is lost during a storm, call Port St. Lucie Animal Control at (772) 871-5042.

Putnam County - Pet Friendly Evacuation Shelter Information
At this time, Putnam County has TWO Pet-Friendly Evacuation Shelters located at Ochwilla Elementary in Hawthorne and 7220 PRC Way in Palatka (Old Sykes/PRC/Alorica Building). For additional information on Evacuation Shelters in your area, please contact the Putnam County Emergency Operations Center at (386) 329-0379.

Santa Rosa County Emergency Management

Sarasota County Emergency Services

Seminole County FL Emergency Management

St. Johns County Emergency Management

St. Lucie County/Port of St. Lucie

Suwanee County Emergency Management

Taylor County Emergency Management

Volusia County - Pet Planning
The members of Volusia Animal Prepardness are working to provide shelter for owners and their animals. 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.

Volusia County Emergency Management

Wakulla County Sheriff's Office

Walton County Emergency Management

Washington County Emergency Management


Georgia Emergency Management

Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management

Bryan County Emergency Services.

Camden County Emergency Management

Chatham County Emergency Management

Chatham County - Emergency Sheltering
There will be no local shelters for pets during any category of hurricane. Most if not all veterinary clinics and kennels as well as the Humane Society and Chatham County Animal Control will not accept them prior to a storm. Many hotels and motels along the I-16 corridor and within host counties will accept pets with guests during hurricane emergencies. Public shelters will not. However, there will be designated pet shelters nearby in each of the host counties where there are public shelters. Owners will be informed of these locations upon reporting to the reception centers. They will be expected to sign Waivers and properly register their pet. Exotic pets (e.g., reptiles) will not be accepted. Evacuees who need public transportation to reach host county shelters (i.e., Category 3-5 storms) will be allowed to bring the pets on buses if they are in travel carriers. Evacuees using public transportation to local shelters (i.e., Category 1-2 storms) will have to leave the pets behind or make other arrangements. In all cases when pets are evacuated the owners will be instructed to bring carriers, identification tags, food, immunization records and medicines with them.

Glynn County Emergency Management

Jones County Emergency Management


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. Animals will not be admitted to a pet-friendly emergency shelter without a crate or carrier that’s large enough to accommodate the pet comfortably. Pets need an ID tag, collar and a leash, as well as a week supply of the following: food, medications and litter for cats. 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. The following locations also offer human and pet emergency sheltering in the event of a disaster: Waimea High School, Waimea Canyon School, Ele`lee School, Kalaheo School, Kauai High School, Kapaa High School, Kapaa Middle School.


Madison County
Madison County Emergency Management Agency & Department of Homeland Security Office has obtained its own AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer. The Pet Disaster Relief trailer is equipped with cages, pet food, first-aid supplies and cleaning supplies and will create a safe, temporary home-base for at least 65 pets. The Anderson-housed trailer can be dispatched to anywhere in the county within 48 hours. It also can be used in other counties.


Louisiana Emergency - Preparing Your Pets
Pet-friendly shelters may be opened during an evacuation. This information will be available at shelter information points.

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.

Humane Society of Louisiana: Hurricane Preparedness Guidelines

Lafourche Parish Government

New Orleans - NOLA Ready

New Orleans, City of - Pet Owners Plan for Emergencies
If you require City Assisted Evacuation to leave town and you have a pet, please note: Small pets that are 20 lbs or less can ride with you on the bus. Larger pets will be taken to the Union Passenger Terminal by LSPCA. When you register at the evacuspot, you'll register your pet’s information too. The city tracks where everyone in your family is going, including your pet. ​Your pet will be taken to an animal shelter near where you're sheltered. You'll care for your pet at the animal shelter.

Plaquemines Parish - Emergency Planning for Pets
Once a mandatory evacuation is called for, you and your pet are to go to the designated evacuation checkpoint, the Belle Chasse Auditorium, 8398 LA-23, Belle Chasse. Your pet will be registered and identified with a temporary collar bearing your initials and your driver’s license or LA ID number. Pets will be transported to a pet evacuation shelter via animal transport.

Plaquemines Parish Emergency Preparedness

St. Bernard Parish Government

Terrebone Parish Emergency Preparedness


Cumberland County
In the event of an emergency, Cumberland County Animal Response Team (CART) can be mobilized to provide pet friendly emergency sheltering in conjunction with the American Red Cross human shelters. The pet shelter will be located within walking distance of the American Red Cross Human shelter. You will be notified via television, radio and Maine 2-1-1, where the “pet-friendly” co-shelters are located.


Baltimore County
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.

Talbot County
In the event the Social Services Shelter at Easton High School is opened, the Talbot Animal Disaster Services shelter will also open to house pets for those residing in the shelter. Please be advised this shelter IS NOT a drop off for your pets- it is only for those residents living in the shelter.


In 2014 Massachusetts passed a law that will protect people and their pets when severe storms strike the area. The new law will require cities and towns to create an emergency evacuation and shelter plan for pets and service animals.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
Ordinarily, only service animals are allowed inside public shelters, although in Massachusetts, the State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team (SMART) has made great strides in creating ‘pet-friendly’ sheltering options. Contact your Local Emergency Management Office regarding community animal policies at shelters, as well as other options you may have for sheltering your pets during an emergency.

Cape Cod Disaster Animal Response Team
In the event of a declared emergency, Cape Cod Disaster Animal Response Team (CCDART) may provide for rescue, triage, temporary sheltering and/or transport of animals to veterinary clinics or alternate boarding facilities, CCDART strictly adheres to the Incident Command System as put for by FEMA.

Eastham, Town of
Nauset Regional Shelter at Nauset High School, 100 Cable Rd, Eastham, MA 02642, takes pets and will be open in an emergency.

Palmer, Town of
The primary emergency shelter for the Town of Palmer is located at the Converse Middle School, 24 Converse Street, Palmer, MA 01069. Pets should not be brought in until the evacuee is registered.

Yarmouth, Town of
The Cape Cod and the Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross has taken part in a dialogue with local emergency managers and encouraged them to establish rooms or areas in the facilities which house both Red Cross shelters and where pet owners and their pets can stay separately. These pet-friendly facilities are located alongside, but are not under the control of Red Cross shelters. At the present time, emergency animal care during a declared emergency/disaster will be limited to three proposed Regional shelters with animal care components – Dennis-Yarmouth High School (DY) in Yarmouth, Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Harwich and the Oak Ridge School in Sandwich. Animals admitted to these shelters will be limited to dogs, cats, ferrets and other small mammals (gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, mice, rabbits, potbelly pigs) brought to the shelters by owners or rescuers.


Mississippi Emergency Management

Mississippi Board of Animal Health - Evacuation, Transportation & Sheltering
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.

Hancock County MS Emergency Operations

Harrison County - Emergency Shelters
Check for shelter openings and closings.

Ocean Springs, City of - Emergency Management
Individual shelters will be opened according to needs and circumstances. 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.


Montana Disaster and Emergency Services

Missoula County: How to prepare pets and livestock for fire evacuations
In Missoula County, the Animal Control shelter will take animals during evacuations, but they only have so much capacity.


New Jersey Emergency Management - Pet and Animal Emergency Planning
Public shelters cannot accept pets unless they are ADA service animals, so you must plan accordingly.

New Jersey Dept. of Agriculture Animal Emergency - CART
A County Animal Response Team (CART) is a group of volunteers and other entities, such as government agencies and the private sector, with resources and personnel to respond to animal issues in disasters. The CART is organized under each County Office of Emergency Management and is based on the principles for the Incident Command System developed by FEMA. The CART plans, collaborates, and trains with other responder entities to provide a coordinated disaster response. Check this site for New Jersey CARTs.

Atlantic County - Disaster Planning For Your Pet
Emergency public shelters are not permitted to accept pets due to health and safety concerns. Your local veterinarian and the Atlantic County Office of Emergency Preparedness may help you find other options for your pet. For more information about helping your pet survive a disaster, please contact the Atlantic County Animal Shelter at (609) 485-2345.

Cape May County Emergency Management

Cape May County - CART (County Animal Response Team)
Cape May County offers two portable, self-sustaining tractor trailers to house pets during an emergency. The first of their kind, at 52 feet each, the trailers can each house nearly 120 animals. Fully equipped with heat, air conditioning, running water and food supplies, these animal shelters provide peace-of-mind to residents, who can be reassured that their pets are safe from harm during an emergency situation. These trailers are placed at designated evacuation shelters; during the emergency, pet owners are then able to care for and comfort their own animals with the assistance of shelter operators.

Hunterdon County - CART (County Animal Response Team)
The Hunterdon County Division of Emergency Management has an animal disaster response trailer containing necessary resources to quickly establish a temporary animal shelter in times of emergency. This trailer will enable Hunterdon County’s Animal Response Team (CART) to train and exercise and be ready to respond in times of disaster.


New York State Emergency Management

New York State Emergency Management - Keeping Your Pets Safe in an Emergency

Nassau County
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.

Nassau County SPCA - Pet Safe Disaster Planning

New York City Emergency Management
If you cannot shelter your pet at a kennel or with friends or relatives outside the evacuation area, pets are allowed at all City evacuation centers. Please bring supplies to care for your pet or service animal, including food, leashes, a carrier, and medication.

New York City Emergency Management - Emergency Preparedness for Pets

Stillwater, Town of
Emergency pet sheltering, also referred to as pet-accessible shelters, is designed to meet the needs of people and their animals during emergencies and disasters. Animal owners are responsible for their animals, and should have a disaster plan prepared for their animals in case of evacuations or emergencies. Still, there will sometime situations where emergency animal sheltering is needed such as rapid-onset disasters, massive evacuations where hotels and boarders/vet clinics are full and evacuees who bring their pets with them.

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
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.

Ulster County Animal Response Team
The Ulster County Animal Response Team is a mobile emergency animal shelter in Ulster County New York that will be set up next to the county emergency shelter to care for pets. The Ulster County Animal Response Team (UCART) is a collaboration between The Ulster County Office of Emergency Management, the UCSPCA, the American Red Cross of Northeastern NY and UlsterCorps. Recent extreme weather events in Ulster County, like Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, have underscored the need for a coordinated approach to caring for companion animals as well as people in the event of a disaster or emergency. County Animal Response Teams serve as a specialized resource to assist local emergency management officials, as needed, in all phases of an emergency (mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery) or disaster that impacts animals to ensure the humane care and treatment of animals in case of a disaster, or other situations that cause animal suffering by rescuing, relocating, fostering, etc.; and to assist in protecting public health concerns where humans and animals interact.
Thank you, Cathie King, Ulster County Animal Response Team


Beaufort County NC Emergency Management

Bladen County Emergency Services

Brunswick County Emergency Services

Carteret County
If you have a pet be ready to use the shelter if necessary: Newport Middle School, 500 E. Chatham Street, Newport, NC 28577. Companion Hurricane Shelter pet area manned by PAWS Volunteers. You can pre-register you and your pets.

Catawba County - Shelter and Evacuation Information
In the event of an emergency, Catawba County may recommend residents to evacuate from dangerous areas and may choose to open shelters. The type of emergency and area affected determines evacuation areas as well as where and how many shelters will be opened. will have evacuation and shelter information on the main page when a disaster occurs.

Charlotte-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. AC&C 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.

Chowan County
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 - Disaster Plan For Pets

Forsyth County
Should severe weather or a disaster strike in Forsyth County, the Forsyth County Animal Response Plan will be implemented. That plan, which calls for the activation of a number of pet-friendly and emergency animal shelters, was developed by Animal Control Director Barbara Cassidy and a citizen task force. The Forsyth County Animal Response Plan, which is incorporated in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Emergency Operations Plan for Multi-Hazards, has been recognized by the North Carolina State Animal Response Team as the top animal response plan in North Carolina. A county animal-response team (CART) is responsible for implementing the animal response plan. This team consists of citizen volunteers and veterinarians committed to helping animals in case of disaster by working at temporary pet 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.

Onslow County
There is a designated pet friendly shelter at Jacksonville Commons Middle School, 315 Commons Drive South, Jacksonville, NC 28546. If a citizen elects to use the pet friendly shelter they will not be able to drop off their pet and leave. Citizens are required to remain at the shelter with their pet. Citizens will need to bring appropriate and adequate supplies for their pet for the duration of their stay at the pet friendly shelter.

Onslow County - Disaster Preparedness for Pets

Orange County
Service animals for the hearing and visually impaired will be allowed in the shelter. All other animals are welcome at the shelter and Animal Services Staff will be on hand to board pets in the best manner possible. Owners of large animals and livestock should make preparations for their animals as very limited support will be provided in a disaster.

Pender County Emergency Management

Pitt County Emergency Management

Wake County
Public shelters for people will not accept pets. A written DISASTER PLAN will help you and your pets survive. If you must evacuate without time to prepare your pet, Animal Control will house your pet. This space is limited and should be ONLY a last resort.

Wayne County - Hurricane Irma
Tryon International Equestion Center, 25 International Blvd, Mill Spring, NC 28756 is opening its doors to hundreds of larger animals. The equestrian center has opened 400 stalls on its property for animals whose caretakers were forced to evacuate Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Winston-Salem, City of
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).


Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management - Prepare OKC
Include all pets in your household's disaster plan.


Josephine County - Pet & Livestock Preparedness

Josephine County Emergency Preparedness


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.


South Carolina Emergency Management

South Carolina Emergency Management Division - Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies

Aiken County Emergency Services

Beaufort County Sheriff's Office

Berkeley County Emergency Management
Make arrangements for pets. Pets are not allowed in emergency shelters for health and space reasons. Contact the Berkeley County Animal Shelter for more information.

Charleston County Emergency Management - Hurricane Irma
Charleston County opened a shelter at Coastal Pre-release Center, 3765 Leads Avenue, Charleston on Oct. 10. It will accommodate pets, but you will have to bring supplies. Transportation to the shelter in Charleston will be available until 8 p.m. Sunday and will resume Monday morning unless wind speeds determine otherwise. Please bring a crate, food, and any other pet needs.

Charleston County Animal Society - Disaster Preparedness

Charleston County & City of North Charleston Hurricane Preparedness Guide

Colleton County Hurricane Evacuation Shelters
There are currently two locations in Colleton County that serve as Hurricane Evacuation Shelters but they do not accept pets.

Hilton Head Island, Town of
If you intend to go to a shelter and have a pet, please make alternate plans for the safety and survival of your pet. Most, if not all, shelters do not accommodate pets and leaving them unattended during an evacuation often leads to the animal being homeless, injured or killed.

Horry County Emergency Management - Hurricane Irma
Check for updates on Hurricane Irma.

Kiawah Island - Emergency Preparedness

Spartanburg County Emergency Management

Spartanburg County - Pets in a Disaster


Bexar County - Caring for Animals in an Emergency

Brazoria County - Animal Evacuations
The inland shelter locations will be equipped to shelter most animals of all types. You may be restricted to the number and type of animals that will be sheltered. If you have questions, please contact your local emergency manager (pages 11 - 13). As a general rule, pets will be sheltered separately, with the exception of service animals that must stay with their owners. All animals must be housed in a sturdy plastic or metal cage. All food/medication must be provided by owner.

Brazoria County/Bell County - Evacuating Livestock
The assigned public shelter at the Bell County Expo in Belton, Texas can accommodate shelter for 150 cattle, 179 horses, and 300 head of sheep, swine and goats combined (high value livestock—horses, show animals, youth animal projects, etc.). The Expo is located on I-35 at exit #292 in Belton, Texas. When evacuating, contact Mr. Lyle Zoeller as a courtesy at (254) 933-5305 before leaving home to let Bell County know you’re coming.

Calhoun County - Hurricane Preparedness
While official service animals are welcome in all public shelters, pet friendly and "comfort/support animal" shelters are not available in Calhoun County.

Houston: Harvey Volunteer Vets
This site has been established to allow volunteer vets to connect with the Harvey Volunteer Vet effort and select working shifts. If you are an animal lover who would like to help, you can use this site to donate funds to quality organizations that will be used to provide the care needed by displaced Houston animals.

Matagorda County - Evacuation Tips
Even though pets and other animals are not allowed in public reception centers for public health reasons, help will be available to you at the Matagorda County Reception Center to care for your pet. And since there are few shelters that accept pets, it is important for you to make evacuation plans that include your pets as you put together your family plan.


Vermont Emergency Management Agency - Evacuation and Pets


Virginia - Pet Sheltering in an Emergency Evacuation
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management are working with communities across the Commonwealth to help ensure that evacuation and sheltering plans for both people and their pets are ready in the event of a disaster. Sheltering plans for people and their pets are being developed across the state to help ensure that no Virginian will have to choose between staying with their pets and evacuating to a safe shelter. These shelters, which may be at a college or university, a local school, fairgrounds or community center, will allow all member s of the family (including their pets) to be sheltered together or in close proximity to one another. Each pet shelter will have trained animal care personnel to assist in the care of your pets, but it will be your responsibility to walk, feed and care for your pets daily.

Arlington County
The Animal Welfare League of Arlington and Arlington County’s Office of Emergency Management have included pets in their disaster plans with a 20-foot long trailer, stocked with everything needed to set up a temporary pet-friendly shelter in the event of an emergency, including animal crates, food and water dishes, litter pans, identification bands, pet food, and cleaning supplies.

Fairfax County
In case of emergency two shelters can be designated as pet friendly.


Spokane County Emergenc Management - Pet Preparedness

Spokane: Humane Evacuation Animal Rescue Team (H.E.A.R.T)
The mission of the Humane Evacuation Animal Rescue Team (HEART) is to provide assistance in times of emergency/disasters, whether man-made or natural, rescuing animals, setting up and operating emergency animal shelters.


Wyoming - Pets and Disasters
Tips for keeping your pet safe during a disaster.