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Pet Evacuation and Pet Friendly Emergency Shelters

Find information on pet and animal 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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Alabama 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).

Baldwin County Emergency Management

Houston County
The Houston County Farm Center is located at 1701 East Cottonwood Road, Dothan AL 36303. The facilities of the Houston County Farm Center include over 8 buildings ranging from 6 livestock barns, 2 exhibit buildings and a full hookup RV site. In an emergency, the Houston County Farm Center can house 400 domestic animals, 150 large animals.

Lee County Emergency Management

Mobile County Emergency Management

Mobile County - Mobile SPCA
Mobile County Emergency Management has asked the Mobile SPCA to 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.

Montgomery County
Garrett Coliseum is located at 1555 Federal Drive, Montgomery, AL 36107. The facility can house 2,500-5,000 domestic animals, 700-900 large animals.


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

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.

Santa Cruz County - Emergency Preparedness Planning for Your Pets


Connecticut Emergency Animal Response Service - EARS

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 Agency


Hurricane Florence - Florida Emergency Stable Site Options for Horses
Call the stable site in advance to check availability, make reservations, get directions. All require CURRENT NEGATIVE COGGINS TEST.

Florida Division of Emergency Management: Have a Pet Plan

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

Alachua County Emergency Management

Bay County Emergency Services

Bradford County Emergency Management

Brevard County
There are three types of evacuation shelters available to the public: Primary Evacuation Shelters, Special Needs Shelters, and Pet-Friendly Shelters. Never go to a shelter unless local officials have announced it is open. Shelter opening will be announced through local television, radio stations, social media, and the Brevard County Emergency Management Website.

Brevard County Emergency Management

Broward County Emergency Management

Calhoun County FL Emergency Management

Charlotte County
Report to your designated shelter as soon as the shelter has been opened. Animals allowed are dogs and cats (domestic breeds only in cages; birds (domestic in cages only; rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, and gerbils (domestic in cages only). Pets are not permitted in “resident” areas. There are separate “living areas” for pets and for people.

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
Collier County Domestic Animal Services, in conjunction with the Collier County Bureau of Emergency Services, is offering a pet-friendly shelter, located at North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Road, Naples, FL in the event of a disaster. The pet's current Collier County license replaces the need to pre-register for the Pet Friendly Shelter. Admission is first-come, first-serve for Collier County residents. Capacity for the shelter is 75 animals. Only cats and dogs accepted at this time.

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 three 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 School - 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 - Farm and Equine Animals Evacuation>
James C. Robinson Escambia County Equestrian Center, 7750 Mobile Highway in Pensacola, may accept equine animals during an evacuation as a result of hurricanes, based on the severity of the approaching storm. Once the stalls have been filled, people may bring their animals and keep them in their animal travel trailers if desired. All care of the animals will be at the responsibility of the animal owners. No feeding or care services will be provided by the county or pet shelter managers.

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/

Escambia County Emergency Management

Flagler County Emergency Services

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
A pet-friendly shelter is located at D.S. Parrott Middle School, 19220 Youth Drive, Brooksville, 34601.

Hernando County Emergency Management

Hillsborough County
If you have pets and will need to evacuate to a shelter during an emergency, please plan ahead as spaces at designated pet-friendly emergency shelters are very limited. Pet-friendly shelters are located at: Burnett Middle School, 1010 N. Kingsway Road, Seffner; Sgt. Smith Middle School, 14303 Citrus Pointe Drive, Tampa; Bartels Middle School, 9020 Imperial Oak Blvd., Tampa; and Shields Middle School, 15732 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin.

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

Holmes County Emergency Management

Indian River County Emergency Management

Indian River County
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
All Lake County shelters are pet-friendly; all shelters 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. There are nine primary shelters in Lake County, and additional safe shelters are available if necessary. In most circumstances, the primary shelters open first.

Lake County Emergency Management

Lee County Emergency Management

Leon County Emergency Management

Levy County
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, which is located at 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.

Levy County Emergency Management

Liberty County Emergency Management

Madison County Emergency Management

Manatee County
Pet-friendly shelters are located at: Braden River High, 6545 SR 70 East, Bradenton; Manatee High School, 902 33rd St Ct W, Bradenton; and Mills Elementary School, 7200 69th Street East, Palmetto.

Manatee County Emergency Management

Marion County
The only pet friendly shelter in Marion County is Vanguard High School, 7 NW 28th Street, Ocala, FL 34475. You can board your pet in a kennel in a safe location. You should keep paperwork documenting your pet’s immunizations because many kennels will not accept pets that are behind on their shots. Bring your pet in a carrier with sufficient food. If you don’t go to a public shelter, bring your pet with you in a carrying cage. Bring along a familiar toy, a leash and any medication. Have current identification for each pet in case of separation.

Marion County Sheriff's Office

Martin County
Pets are not allowed in shelters. Martin County Emergency Management, in conjunction with the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC), has a Domestic Pet-Friendly Sheltering Program in place for the citizens of Martin County. The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast will house your pet(s) at their facility for residents who are recommended or ordered to evacuate. Pre-registration for domestic pet sheltering is required due to limited capacity; select the "Pet Sheltering Program" button for application and more information.

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
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). Evacuation centers will be announced as needed.

Miami-Dade County Emergency Management

Monroe County (Florida Keys)
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. Pet-Friendly shelters for Category 1-2 hurricane are located at: Key West High School, 2100 Flagler Ave.; Sugarloaf School, 225 Crane Boulevard; Coral Shores High School, 89591 O/S Highway, MM89.9; and Marathon High School, 350 Sombrero Rd. Pets accepted at pet-friendly shelters are: Dogs; Cats; Gerbils, hamsters, mice, and rats; Guinea pigs and small rabbits (small sized, under 10 pounds); Ferrets; and Birds.

Monroe County Emergency Management

Nassau County
Pet-friendly shelters are located at: Yulee Elementary School, 86063 Felmore Road, Yulee; Callahan Middle School, 450121 Old Dixie Highway, Callahan; and Hilliard Middle/Senior School, 1 Flashes Avenue, Hilliard. All pets must have proof of vaccination and Nassau County license, be properly crated or caged and be maintained by their owners. Animals may be housed in a separate room from their owners. The pet owners must remain in the co-located general population shelter while their pets are in the pet shelter.

Nassau County Emergency Management

Okaloosa County
Pet-friendly shelters are located at: Antioch Elementary, 4700 Whitehurst Lane, Crestview; Davidson Middle, 6261 Old Bethel Road, Crestview; and Northwest Florida State College Raider Stadium, 90 College Boulevard East, Niceville. Pets are not kept with populace and are kept separately.

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

Okeechobee County Emergency Management

Orange County
Pets are welcomed at all "Pet-Friendly" shelters. It is important to bring shot records, food, and a crate. Pets are not allowed in General Public Shelters unless they are service animals. For pet-friendly shelters, individuals are asked to bring a carrier, copy of medical records to ensure pets are current on vaccines, food, water and any necessary medications and identification for the pet.

Orange County, Florida Government

Osceola County
Osceola County Emergency Management in partnership with Osceola Animal Services, the American Red Cross, and the School District of Osceola County offers pet friendly sheltering. 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 help our citizen's plan and prepare for an emergency, the 3 "pet friendly" shelters are Harmony, Kissimmee Middle, and Liberty High. Emergency managers will still determine resource requirements based on the actual threat. 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.

Osceola County Emergency Management.

Palm Beach County
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.

Palm Beach County Emergency Management

Pasco County
A pet-friendly shelter is located at Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter, 11611 Denton Avenue, Hudson, FL.

Pasco County, Florida Government

Pinellas County
Pinellas County government provides three pet-friendly shelter locations: Palm Harbor University High School, 1900 Omaha St., Palm Harbor; Largo High School, 410 Missouri Ave. N., Largo; and Gibbs High School, 850 34th St. S., St. Petersburg. Animal shelters, such as Pinellas County Animal Services, the Humane Society, and the SPCA, cannot accept your pets.

Pinellas County Government

Polk County
Polk County has three pet-friendly shelters that allow residents who own pets to shelter with their pets. Pre-registration is strongly suggested to ensure you have a spot at the shelter and some limitations apply. ONLY dogs, cats and birds and their owners will be allowed to shelter in Polk’s pet-friendly shelters. Pet-friendly shelters are located at: Lake Region High School, 1995 Thunder Road, Eagle Lake; Alta Vista Elementary School, 801 Scenic Hwy, Haines City; and Philip O'Brien Elementary School, 1225 E. Lime Street, Lakeland.

Polk County Emergency Management

Putnam County
Pets are only allowed in pet-friendly shelters with prior registration. If you are registered for a special needs shelter and you have no other options for your pet, call Putnam County Animal Services at (386) 326-2793 to register your pet. Animal Services will make arrangements for your pet to be taken to a host home

Santa Rosa County
A pet-friendly shelter is available for residents who wish to shelter with their cat or dog at Avalon Middle School, 5445 King Arthurs Way in Milton. Pre-registration for the pet-friendly shelter is required each year. To utilize the shelter, all pets must have proof of current vaccinations. Upon arrival at the shelter, pictures will be taken of pets with their owners. Pet owners must stay at the shelter and will be responsible for caring for their pet and bringing a pet disaster kit.

Santa Rosa County Emergency Management

Sarasota County
Starting the 2018 hurricane season, Sarasota County officials will open all shelters at once and they will all be pet-friendly. Residents must bring their own bedding, food and water.

Sarasota County Emergency Services

Seminole County FL Emergency Management

St. Johns County
St. Johns County has two pet friendly shelters: South Woods Elementary School, 4750 SR-206 West, Elkton; and Timberlin Creek Elementary School, 555 Pine Tree Lane, St Augustine. 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. You may not drop off your pets and leave. Farm animals and exotics (primates, snakes, spiders, insects, etc.) are not permitted at Pet Friendly Shelters.

St. Johns County Emergency Management

St. Lucie County/Port of St. Lucie

Suwanee County Emergency Management

Taylor County Emergency Management

Venice, City of: 2018 Hurricane Guide
In the event of a hurricane watch, Sarasota County will open all identified evacuation centers (hurricane shelters) at the same time. All evacuation centers will be pet friendly. Your dog or cat must be kept in a carrier.

Volusia County
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


Hurricane Florence - Pet Friendly Evacuation Shelters in Georgia
Pet friendly sheltering is now available at Georgia State Parks, where "dry camping" will be available free of charge. Evacuees are encouraged to contact park offices directly for assistance. A map of all Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites Division - Georgia DNR is available at

Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management

Bryan County Emergency Services.

Camden County Emergency Management

Chatham County Emergency Management

Chatham County
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

McIntosh County Emergency Management


Hawaii - Disaster Readiness
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
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 Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

St. Bernard Parish Government

Terrebone Parish Office of Homeland Security and 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. In the event of an emergency, you will be notified via television, radio, and Maine 2-1-1, which is Maine’s new emergency information hotline. You will be advised where the pet-friendly co-shelters are located.


Hurricane Florence - Pet Friendly Evacuation Shelters in Maryland

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 may open a "pet-friendly" shelter for leashed or crated dogs, cats and other pets (excluding exotic pets) weighing less than 80 pounds. Animals housed at county-run shelters 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 site, and pet owners will be able to visit and care for them.

Prince George's County Office of Emergency Management

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.

Barnstable County
Red Cross people shelters cannot accept pets (though service animals are always welcome). The Cape Cod and the Islands Chapter 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. 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). Currently three out of the six regional shelters can accommodate pets but the plan calls for all six shelters to have this capability. 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, 210 Station Ave, South Yarmouth, MA 02664
Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, 351 Pleasant Lake Ave, Harwich, MA 02645
Oak Ridge School, 260 Quaker Meeting House Rd, East Sandwich, MA 02537
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. Birds, reptiles, fish, arachnids, wild or feral animals, endangered or threatened species, and exotic pets are excluded. Other animal care shelters will be staffed as locations become available.

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
L.C.A.S.T. [Lower Cape Animal Shelter Team] operates the pet component of the local BCREPC Emergency Shelter. In event of a regional emergency the Nauset High School, 100 Cable Rd, Eastham, MA 02642, will host services for you and your pets.

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. Animals, other than service animals, will be placed in an alternate location, not in evacuees areas. All animals, other than service animals, shall be caged.


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
In the event that the storm shelters are opened, the Community Center at the Necaise Shelter, 30360 Highway 603, Perkinston, MS will be available to house small domesticated animals. Family pets such as cats and dogs, gerbils, iguanas and other small reptiles are welcome.

Hancock County MS Emergency Operations

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

Jackson County
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
In 2012 the County unveiled one of the 1st ever pet evacuation trailer. This trailer is a comprehensive public safety initiative including almost 30 installed cages that can be utilized in an evacuation or emergency. The trailer is equipped to fit cats and dogs of numerous sizes and is fully prepared and customized for the comfort and safety of pets with climate control, running water, a veterinary work station, and a generator hook up. In the event of an evacuation, pet owners of dogs and cats are instructed to travel with their pets to the County’s designated shelter. The trailer will be stationed next to the shelter for pet owners to place their dogs or cats in during an emergency. Pet Friendly Shelters are located at:
Upper Township Middle School, 525 Perry Road, Petersburg, NJ 08270
Woodbine Developmental, 1175 DeHirsh Ave., Woodbine, NJ 08270

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 - 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
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.


Hurricane Florence - Pet Friendly Evacuation Shelters in North Carolina
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Hurricane Florence - North Carolina Emergency Stable Site Options for Horses
Call the stable site in advance to check availability, make reservations, get directions. All require CURRENT NEGATIVE COGGINS TEST.

Beaufort County - Hurricane Florence
Beaufort County will open a shelter at Washington High School, 400 Slatestone Rd, Washington, NC 27889 beginning at noon on Wednesday, September 12th. The shelter does not accept pets. However, AS LONG AS SPACE IS AVAILABLE AT ANIMAL CONTROL:
- At check in at the shelter you will be given a voucher.
- You will then take that voucher along with your pet to Beaufort County Animal Control.
- Once your pet has been safely delivered you will return to the shelter.
- You are asked to please bring any extra pet food that you can donate as well.
- There will be no additional cost for pet boarding.
To participate in this process YOU MUST be registered at a Red Cross Shelter in Beaufort County.
If you are checking into the shelter at Washington High School and boarding your pet at Beaufort County Animal Control you will need the form you received when your pet was vaccinated for rabies. If you do not have this form you will need to pay $10 (cash or check) for your pet to be vaccinated.

Bertie County - Hurricane Florence
Sept. 13: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the BERTIE MIDDLE SCHOOL STORM SHELTER has been moved to BERTIE HIGH SCHOOL.
Shelters in Bertie County will open Thursday, Sept. 13th at 10 am. The pet friendly shelter is located at Bertie Middle School, 652 US Highway 13 N, Windsor, NC 27983.

Bladen County - Hurricane Florence
Sept. 13: The West Bladen shelter is near capacity. Only Special Needs Patients and Evacuees with animals are being accepted at this time.
The pet friendly shelter is located at West Bladen High School, 1600 NC-410, Bladenboro, NC 28320.

Brunswick County - Hurricane Florence
Sept. 12: West Brunswick High School is full for pets. If you are evacuating with pets to a shelter in Brunswick Co, please go to South or North Brunswick High. Call 910-253-5383 if you need help evacuating.
Sept. 11: Pet Friendly Shelters are open at: West Brunswick High School (550 Whiteville Rd., Shallotte) – pet friendly; North Brunswick High School (114 Scorpion Drive, Leland) – pet friendly; and South Brunswick High School (100 Cougar Road, Boiling Spring Lakes) – pet friendly. Dogs and cats are accepted at all Brunswick County shelters. Owners must stay at the shelter as well, and should bring documentation of rabies vaccines, food, any medicines, and any other items necessary for your pets. Residents seeking to evacuate who do not have transportation should call 910-253-5383.

Brunswick County Emergency Services

Carteret County - Hurricane Florence
Sept. 12: The Carteret County shelter location at Knightdale High School in Knightdale, NC is at capacity. No additional citizens will be accepted at this time. The in-county shelter located at Newport Middle School, 500 E Chatham Street, Newport, NC is pet friendly.
Sept. 11: People who evacuate can seek shelter at Knightdale High School at 100 Bryan Chalk Lane in Knightdale. The shelter is pet friendly. There are no shelters open in the county due to the mandatory evacuation.
Hadnot Creek Kennel, 310 Hadnot Farm Rd., Swansboro, NC 28584, PH. 252-393-2855 is a evacuation location for pets. If you need to evacuate and can’t take you dogs with you bring them to us. Our facility is built to withstand strong hurricanes and has lasted through some of the worst hurricanes that have hit the east Coast.

Catawba County Emergency Services

Charlotte-Mecklenburg County - Hurricane Florence
Pet Friendly Shelters are located at: Ardrey Kell High School, 10220 Ardrey Kell Rd., Charlotte, NC 28277 (Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 4 p.m.) and East Mecklenburg High School, 6800 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28212 (Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 8 a.m.)

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. In the event that an Evacuation Shelter closes before an owner can find permanent housing for the pet, Animal Care & Control will make every effort to accommodate the pet at their facility at 8315 Byrum Drive Charlotte, NC until permanent housing is found. The Disaster Boarding Agreement states that Animal Care & Control will provide housing for a pet for up to 6 weeks.

Chatham County - Hurricane Florence
Chatham County will open two shelters starting 7 PM on Thursday, Sept. 13th: Northwood High School: 310 Northwood High School Rd, Pittsboro, NC 27312 and Chatham Middle School: 2025 S 2nd Avenue Ext, Siler City, NC 27344. PET OWNERS PLEASE BE ADVISED: It is important that you make arrangements for sheltering of your pets in advance of the storm. You can’t depend on space being available for pets in county shelters. Shelter space for pets is VERY LIMITED. Only Northwood High School has any pet sheltering capability for cats and dogs only, but very limited capacity. For this reason, it is important to call ahead to see if pet space is available. Call 919-545-8162. If you are told space is available, you must have pets on leash or in a crate when you arrive and also bring their food and medications. If you arrive and no space is available for pets, you may be turned away.

Chowan County - Hurricane Florence
The pet friendly shelter is located at Chowan Middle School, 2845 Virginia Road, Tyner, NC 27980. Opening on Wednesday, Sept. 12th at 6pm.

Craven County - Hurricane Florence
Sept. 13: The Benn Quinn Elementary School Emergency Shelter operated by Craven County is at capacity and is no longer able to accept additional residents or pets. All residents in the greater New Bern area seeking shelter will need to report to the Brinson Elementary Emergency Shelter. Pets are not accepted at the Brinson Elementary Emergency Shelter.
The pet friendly shelter is located at Benn Quinn Elementary, 4275 Martin Luther King Blvd, New Bern, NC 28562. No other emergency shelters will allow pets. Benn Quinn Elementary accepts cats and dogs only, no exotic pets. All pets must be crated. Pet owners need to bring bowls for food and water, food and medications for their pets, and rabies certificates (not the tags). Pet owners will be expected to remain at the shelter with their pet and are responsible for caring for and cleaning up after their pet.

Cumberland County - Hurricane Florence
Pet Friendly Shelters are located at: South View High School, 4184 Elk Rd., Hope Mills, NC and Pine Forest High School, 525 Andrews Rd., Fayetteville, NC.

Currituck County - Hurricane Florence
Currituck County does not have any pre-storm shelters. If you evacuate from the area, take your pets with you. Currituck Animal Services does not board pets at the animal shelter during a storm. If you feel your residence is not safe, contact Emergency Management at 252-232-2115.

Dare County - Hurricane Florence
No shelters are available in Dare County due to the mandatory evacuation. The location of the inland host shelter in Halifax County is: Halifax Community College, 100 College Drive, Weldon, NC 27890. This is a pet friendly shelter. Pets will be kept in a separate area, with crates provided for the animals. Pet owners will have to care for their pets and must bring pet food, blankets, and any other pet needs. Currituck Social Services will provide transportation for county residents. Call 252-619-4421.

Duplin County - Hurricane Florence
The pet friendly shelter is located at James Kenan High School, 1241 NC 24 and 50 Hwy, Warsaw, NC 28398. Space for pets is limited. Pet owners should bring a kennel for their pet, along with pet food, medications, and other necessary pet supplies. Pets will be housed indoors, but in a separate location from shelter occupants.

Edgecombe County - Hurricane Florence
Shelters in Edgecombe County will be operated by the Red Cross and do not accept animals. Edgecombe County will be opening an Animal Shelter at 2906 Anaconda Rd. in Tarboro. The shelter will only accept cats and dogs. The Shelter will begin taking animals at 6:00pm tonight September 12th and stop at 9:00pm September 12th. It will start taking animals again tomorrow as soon as it is safe to do so. You MUST bring your Identification and vaccination records for your pet. Call the Edgecombe County EOC st 824-0108 for details.

Forsyth County/Winston-Salem - Hurricane Florence
Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 2825 University Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NC 27105 has been opened as a mega shelter for anyone still needing a place to go. Pets are allowed at the shelter.

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.

Greene County - Hurricane Florence
The Greene County emergency shelter will open at 9:00am Thursday morning. It is located at Greene Central High School at 140 School Dr., Snow Hill, NC 28580. The shelter at Greene Central High School is pet friendly.

Hertford County - Hurricane Florence
The designated pet friendly shelter is located at Hertford County High School, 1326 W. First Street, Ahoskie, NC 27910. Hertford County High School Shelter will open on Sept. 12th at 6pm. Pets will be housed at this shelter but in a location separate from the owner. Caretaker is responsible for feeding and cleaning of their pet under the control of the Pet Shelter Manager. No pets are allowed in the general population area unless they are a service dog.

Hoke County - Hurricane Florence
An emergency shelter will be opened at the following location on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6pm: Don Steed Elementary School, 800 Phillipi Church Road, Raeford, NC 28376. Animals are not allowed at general populations shelters. For those going to a shelter and needing emergency pet sheltering for dogs or cats, pet sheltering is available at Don Steed Elementary School. The pet shelter will have cages, food and water. You must provide leashed and any medication needed for you animal.

Hyde County - Hurricane Florence
Sept. 12: The Knightdale High School Shelter is full. If you have not evacuated yet and need a shelter to go to, Hyde County residents can use Southeast Raleigh High School located at 2600 Rock Quarry Rd, Raleigh, NC 27610. Southeast Raleigh High School is pet friendly.
Sept. 11: The designated evacuation shelter for Hyde County residents is Knightdale High School, 100 Bryan Chalk Ln, Knightdale, NC 27545. This shelter is open to all Hyde County residents that wish to utilize it. The shelter is pet friendly and equipped to handle animals. Hyde County Transit will be providing transportation assistance from Hyde County to the evacuation shelter located in Knightdale, NC on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. The bus will leave from Davis Ventures and multiple stops on the way out of the county. Please call Hyde Transit to reserve a spot on the bus to the shelter. They can be reached at 252-926-1637. Pets are allowed but need to be in a crate.

Johnston County - Hurricane Florence
The pet friendly shelter is located at West Johnston High, 3935 Raleigh Road, Benson, NC. Those seeking shelter at this location will be able to bring their pets; however, the pets will not be allowed to roam freely throughout the school. There will be a designated location where the pets are housed. Storm shelters will open Wednesday, Sept. 12th at 8pm.

Jones County - Hurricane Florence
Designated facilities for shelters in Jones County are not built to withstand category 4 and greater hurricanes. Jones County has limited resources to include staff and supplies for shelters until post storm and state supplies are available. Transportation to out of County Shelters will be available at Jones Senior High School starting at 10 am Wednesday, Sept. 12th. Registration for citizens who will be utilizing county transportation and evacuating to shelters should be ready to register tomorrow, September 12th by 9:00 a.m. and buses are scheduled to leave by 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. Please plan to be at the pickup site before registration time. If you and your family plan to seek shelter out of county with the Jones County evacuation team please call the Jones County EOC at (252) 397-0007 to register your members.

Lee County - Hurricane Florence
Lee County Government will open a pet-friendly emergency shelter at SanLee Middle School located at 2309 Tramway Road in Sanford at 8:00 PM Sept. 12th. All parties (pets included) must check-in at the shelter registration desk. Pets – dogs, cats, and birds only – will be sheltered separately in a nearby facility. The Emergency Shelter will remain open and available to receive members of the public through the duration of Hurricane Florence. Those requiring transportation to the shelter may contact COLTS at 919-776-7201. Appointments should be scheduled by 7:00 pm Wednesday, September 12th. Transportation via COLTS will be available to the shelter Wednesday evening or Thursday morning before 10:00 AM. People who plan to bring companion animals to the shelter are reminded of the requirements that must be met to accept a companion pet: Crate and/or carrier, Collar and leash, Identification (pet name & address), Rabies Tag, Vet records including up-to-date vaccinations and list of current medications, Food and water bowls, Food and water – enough for several days, Cleaning items to care for their pet (waste bags, etc…).

Lenoir County - Hurricane Florence
PLEASE DO NOT DROP OFF ANY ANIMALS AT THE LENOIR COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER, BECAUSE THERE WILL BE NO ONE THERE TO HELP THEM. The shelter on Rouse Rd Extension has been instructed by Lenoir County Emergency Management to evacuate all animals and personnel due to concerns of structural damage from Hurricane Florence. There will be no one at the shelter after close of day today (Wednesday) until further notice. We can only ask that family members, neighbors, & citizens of Kinston & Lenoir County please help each other and offer your home or other safe shelter to homeless, displaced & abandoned animals. Citizens can seek emergency sheltering with their pets @ Lenoir Community College. You must bring a leash/collar, crate, food, medications, and your pet's rabies vaccine info if available. FMI about sheltering with your pet at LCC, call 252-527-2191 (before Florence) or 919-495-1116 (during Florence).

Martin County - Hurricane Florence
An emergency shelter will open at Riverside Middle School, 2920 US-17, Williamston, NC 27892 on Wednesday, Sept. 12th at 5:00 p.m. Residents who go to the shelter who have domestic animals (dogs and cats) can take their animals to the Martin Community College horse arena (1161 Kehukee Park Rd, Williamston) beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12th. Pet owners will need to bring proof of current rabies vaccinations and pet food. This service is only for residents evacuating to the shelter.

Nash County - Hurricane Florence
The pet friendly shelter is located at Southern Nash High School, 6446 Southern Nash High Road, Bailey, NC 27807. Opening on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6pm.

New Hanover County - Hurricane Florence
The first local evacuation shelter is open at Trask Middle School, 2900 N College Rd, Wilmington, NC 28405. This is a pet co-location shelter and cats and dogs are welcome (no exotic animals), and limited food service will be available for people seeking shelter. Those seeking emergency shelter should bring their own blankets/pillows, prescription medications and other necessary items. No alcohol, illegal drugs, or weapons are permitted. Pet owners should bring their dog or cat in crates, along with pet food.

Onslow County - Hurricane Florence
With the recent decision to activate a mandatory evacuation for the county, shelters within Onslow County will no longer be open to citizens. Transportation to out of county shelters will be available tomorrow, Sept., 12th at the Jacksonville Commons Middle School, 315 Commons Drive South in Jacksonville and Dixon Middle School, 118 Ridge Field Ave. in Sneads Ferry. Registration for citizens who will be utilizing county transportation and evacuating to shelters should be ready to register tomorrow, September 12th by 9:00 a.m. and buses are scheduled to leave by 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. Please plan to be at the pickup site before registration time. If you and your family plan to seek shelter out of county with the Onslow County evacuation team please call the Citizens’ Phone Bank (910) 989-5027 to register your members. UPDATED INFORMATION*** We have been notified by the state that they will allow us to evacuate animals with evacuees to shelters, however the animal must be crated.

Onslow County - Disaster Preparedness for Pets

Orange County - Hurricane Florence
Orange County has opened two emergency shelters: Smith Middle School, 9201 Seawell School Rd, Chapel Hill, and CW Stanford Middle School, 308 Orange High School Rd, Hillsborough. Both shelters are pet friendly. A rabies vaccination for dogs, cats, and ferrets is required. Please bring your pet’s full vaccination record and a photo of yourself with your pet. If possible, please also bring a 3-day supply of your pet’s food.

Orange County - Disaster/Emergency Preparedness
Orange County officials work with the Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross to open Emergency Shelters when the need arises. There are 2 primary Orange County Emergency Shelters: Smith Middle School - 9201 Seawell School Rd, Chapel Hill and CW Stanford Middle School - 308 Orange High School Rd, Hillsborough. 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.

Pamlico County - Hurricane Florence
Located at Pamlico Community College, 5049 NC Hwy 306 S., Grantsboro, NC 28529 the animal friendly county shelter will open on Wednesday September 12th at 5 pm. Registration at Pamlico Community College begins at 3 pm on Tuesday September 11th. The owner must be registered at the shelter for a pet to stay. The pet owner will need to bring the following: Current rabies vaccination records for all pets, Crate or container large enough for pet(s), Bedding for your pet(s), Bowls for your pet(s), Food for your pet(s), Meds for your pet(s), Leashes for your pet(s). When you get to the shelter, leave your pet in your car until you are registered. After you complete registration, you will be directed to the animal shelter where you will register your animal. You must stay at the shelter while your pet is in the animal shelter.

Pender County - Hurricane Florence
Sept. 12: The Burgaw Middle School pet-friendly shelter is now at capacity. Anyone who wants to shelter with their pet should go to West Johnston High School, located at 3935 Raleigh Rd. in Benson, or James Kenan High School in Duplin County, located at the intersection of NC 50 and NC 24.
Sept. 11: The pet friendly shelter is located at Burgaw Middle School, 500 Wright Street, Burgaw, NC 28425. Residents who bring their pets will need to stay in the Burgaw Middle School shelter. Pet owners are required to present rabies vaccination records. A limited supply of vaccinations will be available at a cost of $5 per pet. Residents need to bring pet food and water.

Pitt County - Hurricane Florence
Pets or other non-service animals are not allowed in general population shelters. Emergency animal sheltering options will be available through the Pitt County Animal Shelter located at 4550 County Home Road, Greenville, NC. Pet owners are encouraged to call the Shelter at 252-902-1725 in advance of dropping off animals.

Pitt County Emergency Management

Sampson County - Hurricane Florence
Emergency shelters will be opened at the following locations, effective Wednesday, September 12th at 1:00 pm. Service animals are allowed at general population shelters; however, other pets are not. For those going to a shelter and needing emergency pet sheltering for dogs or cats, pet sheltering is offered at the Sampson County Livestock Arena located at 93 Agriculture Place, Clinton. This shelter is manned by County staff and those familiar with animal handling. Those who wish to have their pet sheltered must have proof that the animal’s rabies vaccinations are current. If they are not, vaccinations will be made available at a cost to the owner, with fees paid at the time the pet is presented for sheltering. The pet shelter will have cages, food and water. Animals will be registered, photographed, and an ID tag placed on the pet before they are placed in a cage for their safety. Pets that become unruly and aggressive or show signs of a contagious condition, may be moved to the adjacent Sampson County Animal Shelter. All pets must be picked up from the pet shelter within three (3) hours after the general population shelters close.

Wake County - Hurricane Florence
Wake County has opened two additional shelters: Southeast Raleigh High School, 2600 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh, and Garner Magnet High School, 2101 Spring Drive, Garner. Knightdale High School has received around 180 evacuees so far. All three shelters are pet-friendly; however, evacuees should bring their own crates. ETA: Garner Magnet will accept pets; however, owners MUST bring everything they need to accommodate them (crates, food, etc.).

Washington County NC - Hurricane Florence
There is a shelter being set up in Martin County to accommodate pets if needed. Contact the Washington County EOC at 252-793-4114 for further details.

Winston-Salem and Forsyth County - Pets in Disaster Information
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.


Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management - Prepare OKC
Include all pets in your household's disaster plan. Know the phone number and address of the local animal shelter so you can find out about temporary evacuation locations for your pet or know where to go if you lost your pet during a disaster.


Josephine County - Pet & Livestock Preparedness

Josephine County Emergency Preparedness


Hurricane Florence - Pet Friendly Evacuation Shelters in South Carolina
As always, check with what ever shelter or location you are planning to head to, if needed, about their pet allowances. Some shelters do allow pets. Check back for more info.

Hurricane Florence - South Carolina Emergency Stable Site Options for Horses
Call the stable site in advance to check availability, make reservations, get directions. All require CURRENT NEGATIVE COGGINS TEST.

Aiken County Department of Emergency Services

Beaufort County SC - Hurricane Florence
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster lifted the evacuation order for Beaufort County that was scheduled to go into effect at 12:00 Sept. 11th.

Berkley County - Hurricane Florence
The pet friendly shelter is located at Cane Bay High School, 1624 State Rd., Summerville, SC. Citizens must stay with their pets during their time at the shelter. Pet owners are not allowed to drop-off their pets here. Berkeley Animal Center stopped accepting animals on Monday, September 10. The shelter will remain closed until further notice.

Charleston County - Hurricane Florence
If Hurricane Florence makes landfall as a Category 4 or higher storm, Charleston County won’t use its own public schools as emergency shelters. Under new governmental agreements signed this year, if a hurricane hits the coast with winds of 130 miles per hour or more — Category 4 or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale — the county will send all residents to seek emergency shelter in Berkeley, Dorchester or Orangeburg counties.

Charleston County Animal Society - Disaster Preparedness

Charleston County & City of North Charleston Hurricane Preparedness Guide

Colleton County
There are currently two locations in Colleton County that serve as Hurricane Evacuation Shelters but they do not accept pets. For university or livestock and horse evacuation procedures, contact Clemson University's Livestock & Poultry Health at 803-788-2260, or go to You can also contact the South Carolina Department of Agriculture at 803-734-2349

Dorchester County - Hurricane Florence
The pet friendly shelter is located at DuBose Middle School (opening Sept. 11 at noon), 1005 DuBose School Rd., Summerville, SC (pet-friendly, opens at noon) (only allows small, crated, domesticated animals).

Georgetown County - Hurricane Florence
A mandatory evacuation order for all evacuation zones in Georgetown County has been ordered as a result of the approach of Hurricane Florence. Georgetown County Emergency Management officials advise all county residents in these zones to heed this order and begin moving their families, including pets, to a safe location inland. The public is reminded that pets, firearms and alcohol are not allowed in public shelters. Individuals can find locations that accept pets at Two of the shelters now open take pets, Cane Bay High School in Berkeley County and Dubose Middle School in Dorchester County.

Horry County - Hurricane Florence
Two of the shelters now open take pets, Cane Bay High School in Berkeley County and Dubose Middle School in Dorchester County. If you need to evacuate and have no other plans for your pets, contact the Horry County Emergency Operations Center Phone Bank at (843) 915-5150.

Horry County - Pet Preparedness and Equine Emergency Evacuation Sites

Kiawah Island - Evacuation & Reentry

Marlboro County - Hurricane Florence
The pet friendly shelter is located at Blenheim Elementary/Middle School, 143 Highland St., Blenheim, SC. Pets will be provided a separate area of the shelter but must be kept in a carrier and the owner must provide food for the pet as well. Volunteers from the Humane Society will be there to assist with this part of the shelter.

Orangeburg County - Hurricane Florence
Sept. 12: The pet friendly shelter is located at Lake Marion High School, 3656 Tee Vee Road, Santee, SC, 29142. Your pets must have up to date vaccinations. 10 slots are open at the County Animal Shelter, Call (803)662-4212 for availability.

Spartanburg County Emergency Management


Brazoria County
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 Texas Emergency Management

Matagorda County
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. Pets may be boarded with local veterinarians and boarding facilities. Pet owners will be responsible for boarding fees.


Hurricane Florence - Pet Friendly Evacuation Shelters in Virginia
Governor Northam orders the coastal evacuation - mandatory - of Zone A, the lowest-lying areas of coastal Virginia, Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore, effective 8 a.m. Sept. 11th. Check back for more info.

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. In the event of an emergency, the Office of Emergency Management will call upon the League to set up a temporary shelter at a selected location. The League will tow the trailer to the chosen site and League staff and volunteers will set up and operate the shelter. Residents who need to evacuate will not have to leave their pets behind.

Chesapeake - Hurricane Florence
City shelters will be opening on Wednesday evening, Sept. 12th. One shelter will be pet-friendly, but it will be a pet-only shelter. So you can bring your animal and they will be provided a crate to stay in. The owner must provide bedding items and food. You will not be able to stay with your pet in this shelter.

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

Gloucester County - Hurricane Florence
Peasley Middle School (pets allowed as long as space is available, opening Sept. 13 at 6 a.m.), 2885 Hickory Fork Road, Gloucester, VA.

Hampton - Hurricane Florence
The pet friendly shelter is located at Bethel High School (opening Sept. 11 at 11 a.m.), 1067 Big Bethel Rd., Hampton, VA.

Newport News - Hurricane Florence
The pet friendly shelter is located at Warwick High School, 51 Copeland Lane, Newport News, VA 23601 – General Population and Residents with Pets. Owners must remain at the shelter with their pets (no drop-offs). Animals must be in cages. Owners will be required to provide food, water are required for all pets. The shelter will open Wednesday, Sept. 12th at 12 p.m.

Norfolk - Hurricane Florence
City shelters will open on Wednesday, September 12 at 1PM. Pet friendly shelters are located at Bayview Community Center (pet friendly) – 8613 Willow Terrace and Berkley Community Center (pet friendly) – 121 Liberty Street. Domestic animals only will be allowed, such as dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, rodents, or turtles that are traditionally kept in the home for pleasure rather than for commercial purposes. Residents who need transportation to the shelter should call (757) 664-6510. Residents who bring pets to the pet friendly shelters must bring food and water and are responsible for pet care while at the shelter with their animal.

Norfolk - Pet Friendly Shelters
The pet-friendly shelters are located at the Bayview Recreation Center and Berkley Community Center. Pets and emotional support animals will not be permitted at other shelters within the Norfolk City limits. Service animals are permitted at all shelters. The Pet Trailer (received through Urban Area Security Initiative / Homeland Security Grant funds) is equipped with supplies to mobilize and manage pet shelter operations. Equipment includes tarps, cages of all sizes, kits and equipment for registration of the pets.

Portsmouth - Hurricane Florence
The pet friendly shelter is located at Churchland Middle School, 4051 River Shore Road, Portsmouth, VA 23703 (dog & cat, limit two animals per household). The shelter will open on Wednesday, Sept. 12th at 1pm.

Suffolk - Hurricane Florence
The pet friendly shelter is located at Nansemond River High School, 3301 Nansemond Parkway, Suffolk, VA 23434 (ADA compliant, pet-friendly, generator power for emergency lighting and to support the kitchen freezers only).

York County - Hurricane Florence
York County is opening a shelter at Tabb High School, 4431 Big Bethel Road, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12th. The shelter at Tabb High School will accept pets; however, evacuees should know that pets will be kept in crates in another part of the facility away from their owners. Pet owners will be permitted to visit and tend to their pet’s needs.

Virginia Beach - Hurricane Florence
Owners will be required to sign liability waiver upon entry, show picture ID with proof of address to utilize shelter. Cats must arrive in a carrier/enclosure and dogs must be securely on a leash. Dog crates and appropriate cat housing will be available on-site. Aggressive animals and those with known medical issues above the capabilities of the emergency shelter will not be accepted. Animals with known contagious diseases will also not be accepted. Landstown Elementary School (2212 Recreation Drive) will accept pets 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thursday & Friday. (Space is limited). Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center (341 S. Birdneck Road) For Zone A evacuees only to open 9 a.m.-6 a.m. Wednesday. (Space is limited).


Spokane County Emergency 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.