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Pet Evacuation and Pet Friendly Emergency Shelters: Tips and Information For Helping You and Your Pet in a Disaster

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. More information on the PETS Act

AKC Pet Disaster Relief
Local Emergency Management is required by law to prepare and care for its citizens – including plans to accommodate people with their pets in the event of a disaster. To successfully meet these newer legal requirements, including the PETS Act of 2006, government organizations cannot alone meet the challenges posed by a catastrophe. AKC Pet Disaster Relief is a grant program that can be a key component local Emergency Management’s disaster planning efforts to help people and their pets.

Take Your Pets With You in an Emergency
IF YOU EVACUATE YOUR HOME, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND!
Pets most likely cannot survive on their own; and if by some remote chance they do, you may not be able to find them when you return. If you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets; consider 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 PetFriendlyTravel.com or one that waives animal prohibitions during evacuations.

* Prepare a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians who could shelter animals in an emergency; include 24-hour phone numbers.

* You may not be home when the evacuation order comes; find out if a trusted neighbor would be willing to take your pets and meet you at a prearranged location.

What is Pet Friendly Evacuation Sheltering?
Pet-friendly evacuation sheltering can be planned and executed in a multitude of ways. In some communities, the human evacuation shelter is within the same room, facility, or campus as accommodations for pets. This allows the animals' owners to have a large role in caring for the pet. In other communities, the human shelter and pet shelter may be in separate locations. In this case, evacuees are told where to bring their pets, while they will be staying at a shelter for people.

If you will need to go to a pet friendly shelter during an evacuation, make sure you have the following items ready to go for your pet: a leash and collar, a crate, a two-week supply of food and water, your pets' vaccination records, medications, and written instructions for feeding and administering medication. If your favorite four-legged friend is feline, be sure you bring kitty-litter and an appropriate container, too.

Not all communities offer pet friendly emergency/evacuation shelters. To find out if there is a pet friendly shelter in your area, contact your county emergency management office or local animal shelter

Further Information and Resources
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) - Pets and Disasters
American Veterinary Medical Association (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) information on animals in public evacuation centers

ASPCA information on disaster preparedness

American Red Cross Pets Disaster Plan

Florida Emergency Management - Get a Pet Plan

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

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Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries (ADAI) - Hurricane Irma
Temporary sheltering facilities for evacuated livestock including horses and cattle are available. Animals moving in response to evacuation orders will be exempt from a certificate of veterinary inspection. There are four sheltering facilities that are equipped to accommodate these animals at this time. If these facilities reach maximum capacity or if additional sheltering facilities become available, updates will be posted at www.agi.alabama.gov. These sheltering facilities are only equipped to shelter livestock, not pets or companion animals such as dogs or cats. Please contact the facility to confirm that space is available prior to your arrival. Available shelters include:
Covington Center Arena, 24000 AL-55, Andalusia, AL 36420
Garrett Coliseum, 1555 Federal Dr., Montgomery, AL 36107
Houston County Farm Center, 1701 E Cottonwood Rd., Dothan, AL 36301
5 County Complex, 1055 E Mckinnon St., New Brockton, AL 36351

Baldwin County - Hurricane Irma
The Baldwin County Coliseum opened for hurricane Irma evacuees on Friday, Sept 8th. Pets are allowed. Coliseum address: 19477 Fairground Road Robertsdale, AL 36567.

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

Baldwin County
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).

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 SPCA Hurricane Irma updates

Mobile County Emergency Management
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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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 - Hurricane Irma
Sept. 9: The Eastside High School (1201 S.E. 43rd Street, Gainesville) shelter is transitioning to a pet friendly only shelter. Evacuees without pets will be guided to other shelters. Evacuees with pets should go to Eastside High School.
Sept. 9: Waldo Community School is no longer able to accept pets.
Sept. 9: Animal Services is accepting pets until 2 p.m. Those with pets can drop off animals for sheltering at Alachua County Animal Services (3400 NE 53rd Ave, Gainesville), or you can shelter with your pet at Eastside High School (1201 SE 43 Street, Gainesville).
The following pet friendly shelter opened on Friday, Sept. 8 :
Waldo Community School, 14450 NE 148th Avenue, Waldo FL
Those needing to shelter with pets must go to the Waldo Community School. The Easton Newberry Sports Complex is no longer accepting animals. It is still accepting people without pets.
The Waldo Pet Friendly Shelter is intended to safely shelter cats, dogs, and their people. Citizens with pets are encouraged to bring basic pet supplies such as collars, leashes, crates, carriers, towels, blankets, pet medications, pet food, etc. Alachua County Animal Services along with Community Support Services staff will be on site to encourage both public and animal safety. Animal Services will have supplemental supplies on hand for those in need. We also encourage citizens to bring veterinary records indicating their pets are properly vaccinated. However to minimize the spread of contagious disease, animals without such records will be vaccinated upon intake. If you have additional storm-related pet needs, such as a large number of animals needing shelter, pot-bellied pigs, horses, or exotic animals, please contact Animal Services immediately at 352-264-6870 or 311.

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

Bay County Emergency Services - Hurricane Irma
Bay County has opened a pet-friendly shelter located at Deane Bozeman School, 13410 Highway 77, Panama City. Pets must be in a kennel and you need to bring food and evidence of vaccinations.

Bradford County - Hurricane Irma
The following pet-friendly shelter opened on Saturday, Sept. 9:
Starke Elementary School, 1000 Weldon Street, Starke (general population, special needs and pets.)
Bring your own crate, food, water and any other supplies your pet may need.

Brevard County - Hurricane Irma
The following pet-friendly shelters opened on Friday, Sept. 8:
Port St. John Community Center, 6650 Corto Road, Port St. John, FL
Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, FL
Wickham Park Community Center, 2815 Leisure Way, Melbourne, FL
Ted Whitlock Community Center at Fred Poppe Regional Park, 1951 Malabar Rd NW, Palm Bay, FL

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

Broward County/Fort Lauderdale - Humane Society of Broward County - Hurricane Irma
Updated for Irma on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 11:10am: IMPORTANT UPDATE! All previously posted shelters are now FULL! A 4th shelter just opened at Lakeside Elementary and will accept people with their pets:
Lakeside Elementary School, 900 NW 136 Ave., Pembroke Pines 33028.
If you have already pre-registered (submitted paperwork and supporting documents), NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE, you can still seek shelter at Millenium Middle School. But PLEASE BRING A CRATE FOR YOUR ANIMAL. We may not be able to let you in without one.
Humane Society of Broward County

Broward County - Hurricane Irma
A pet-friendly shelter, Parkside Elementary, 10257 NW 29 St. Coral Springs opened on Friday, Sept. 8 at 8:30pm (AT FULL CAPACITY)
A pet-friendly shelter opened at 1 p.m on Friday, Sept. 8 at Everglades High School, 17100 SW 48 Court, Miramar (AT FULL CAPACITY)
However, any pet owner who was pre-registered at Millenium Middle School in Tamarac should still take their pet to that shelter. Pet owners are required to have their dog or cat in a crate or carrier. Please remember to pack an emergency supply kit with food, water, pet bowls, toys, cat litter and a pan. It's wise to take photos of your pet in case it gets lost. Pets will be located in a designated area of the shelter.

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

Calhoun County Emergency Management - Hurricane Irma
The shelter in Calhoun County at the Blountstown High School, 18597 NE SR 69, Blountstown, FL 32424, has been designated as a shelter of last resort, which means pets will be allowed in the shelter. It is recommended that you take your pet's vet records, kennel/crate, food, water, any medicines, and any other necessary items that your pet will need.

Charlotte County - Hurricane Irma
As of Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. the following pet-friendly shelter locations are available:
Heron Creek Middle School – 6501 W. Price Blvd., North Port - pet-friendly for cats & dogs
North Port High School – 6400 W. Price Blvd., North Port - pet-friendly for cats & dogs
Riverview High School - 1 Ram Way, Sarasota - pet-friendly for cats & dogs
The following pet-friendly shelters have opened as of Sept. 9 at 12 p.m.:
Heron Creek Middle School – 6501 W. Price Blvd., North Port – pet-friendly for cats & dogs
North Port High School – 6400 W. Price Blvd., North Port – pet-friendly for cats & dogs
Woodland Middle School – 2700 Panacea Blvd., North Port – pet-friendly for cats & dogs
The following pet-friendly shelters opened on Friday, Sept. 8 :
Kingsway Elementary School – 23300 Quasar Boulevard, Port Charlotte (AT FULL CAPACITY)
Liberty Elementary School – 370 Atwater St., Port Charlotte (AT FULL CAPACITY)
At this time Kingsway Elementary School and Liberty Elementary School are pet-friendly shelters for dogs and cats.
If you have a dog or cat, please bring the following in addition to what is shown above:
• Identification for your pet – include a current photo preferably one with you and your pet together.
• A crate and bedding large enough for your animal to move around in when contained in the crate, as well as hold water food and litter.
• A sheet to cover the crate to help relieve stress.
• A collar and leash or if needed a muzzle.
• 7 day supply of litter/food/water, including feeding bowls, & manual can openers if needed, as well as cleaning supplies - paper towels, newspapers, disinfectant, plastic bags.
• Medications & CURRENT MEDICAL RECORDS – be sure to include current vaccinations records, rabies tag and/or micro chip.
• Pet comfort items – toys, blankets, treats.
• Out of the area contact information which includes names addresses and phone numbers.
• You will be required to sign a release of liability at the time of entry into the shelter. Charlotte County reserves the right to deny access to any animal.

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

Citrus County - Hurricane Irma
Sept. 10 at 1:20 p.m.: A last resort pet friendly shelter has been opened at the College of Central Florida at 3800 S. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto. Please make sure you crate your pets if at all possible. Get there as soon as possible if you are planning to seek shelter with your pets.
Sept. 10: The pet friendly shelter at Lecanto Primary School, 3800 W. Educational Path, Lecanto, has room for residents but is out of space for pets. We are doing the best we can to accommodate those with pets, however, for the safety of your pets if at all possible, try to make other arrangements.
Citrus County opened a pet-friendly shelter on Friday, Sept. 8:
Lecanto Primary School located at 3790 West Educational Path, Lecanto
If you are going to a shelter, bring a small bag with clothing, toiletries, medicine, pillow and blanket or sleeping bag.
Update for Pet Friendly Shelters - If you are planning to evacuate with your pet to a Pet Friendly Shelter please bring a crate or pet carrier to house your pet while at the shelter.
More information on what to bring to the pet friendly shelter

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 - Hurricane Irma
The following pet-friendly shelters opened on Saturday, Sept. 9:
Orange Park High School, 2300 Kingsley Road, Orange Park, FL 32073
Keystone Heights Junior/Senior High School, 900 Orchid Ave, Keystone Heights, FL 32656
If you are bringing pets, items to bring: food, water, collar with name, bowls, prescribed medications
You MUST bring carriers/crate for each animal. Animals will not be turned away if they are not UTD on shots because the owner will be the one taking care of their pet.
Each pet must be pre-registered at Clay County Pet Friendly Shelter Registry & Agreement
The following animal species will be accepted into the shelter: dogs; cats; rodents (such as hamsters, gerbils, etc.); rabbits; and birds. No reptiles will be allowed in the shelter.
Clay County Disaster Preparedness

Collier County - Hurricane Irma
The following general population and pet-friendly shelters opened on Saturday, Sept. 9:
Pinecrest Elementary, 313 S 9th St., Immokalee, Florida 34142
Highlands Elementary, 1101 Lake Trafford Road, Immokalee, Florida 34145
Laurel Oak Elementary, 7800 Immokalee Road, Naples, Florida 34119
Vineyards Elementary, 6225 Arbor Boulevard, Naples, Florida 34119
Pet owners must bring their vaccination records, the appropriate size kennel for their animals, food and water for a minimum of three days, bowls and all supplies including waste bags and litter. When taking pets outside, they must remain leashed, and pet owners are responsible for picking up pet waste. There must be a family member or care taker of the pet present in the shelter always.
The following pet-friendly shelters opened on Friday, Sept. 8:
Immokalee Middle School 401 N. 9th St., Immokalee, Florida 34142 (AT FULL CAPACITY)
Cypress Palm Middle School, 4255 18th Ave. NE, Naples, Florida 34120 (pets allowed)
North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Road, Naples, Florida 34109 (pets allowed – please note that due to preregistration, this shelter is full and will not accept anyone who is not already registered)
The shelters at Immokalee Middle, Cypress Palm and North Collier Regional Park will be pet friendly for vaccinated and crated dogs and cats only. Pet owners must bring their vaccination records, the appropriate size kennel for their animals, food and water for a minimum of three days, bowls and all supplies including waste bags and litter. When taking pets outside, they must remain leashed, and pet owners are responsible for picking up pet waste. There must be a family member or care taker of the pet present in the shelter always.

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

Columbia County Emergency Management - Hurricane Irma
Sept. 10 The pet friendly shelter at Winfield Community Center, 1324 N W Winfield St, Lake City, FL 32055, is currently AT CAPACITY.
For the latest sheltering information please call the Citizen Information Hotline at 386-719-7530
Sept. 9 Winfield Community Center will be a pet friendly shelter. Please note we prefer animals are crated, however, leashed animals will be allowed, too.
Winfield Community Center, 1324 N W Winfield St, Lake City, FL 32055 - Opening Saturday, September 9 at 2:00 p.m.

Daytona Beach (Volusia County): Halifax Humane Society - Hurricane Irma
If you are traveling North and have yet to pass LPGA and you have room in your vehicle for a dog or cat, please consider stopping at Halifax Humane Society and pick up an animal to take with you as a temporary foster parent! Crates available! HHS is open until 6:00 pm Friday Sept. 8. Closed Sat-Mon.

Destin, City of (Okaloosa County)
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 - Hurricane Irma
Saturday Sept. 9, 7pm: DeSoto County has opened a pet friendly shelter at the DeSoto County Turner Agri-Civic Center in Arcadia. The address is 2250 N.E. Roan Street, Arcadia, FL 34266
Pets need to have a crate, food, leash and stay with the pet.
The pet shelter will be open late to accommodate anyone needing time to gather their supplies.

Dixie County Emergency Services - Hurricane Irma
Check for updates on Hurricane Irma.

Duval County/Jacksonville - Hurricane Irma
The following pet-friendly shelters opened on Friday, Sept. 8:
Landmark Middle School, 101 Kernan Blvd N (32225)
Chimney Lakes Elementary, 9353 Staples Mill Drive (32244)
Mandarin Middle School, 5100 Hood Road (32257)
Legends Center, 5130 Soutel Drive (32208) (AT FULL CAPACITY)
Atlantic Coast High School, 9735 R.G. Skinner Pkwy (32256) (Primary Special Needs Shelter - Limited to Special Needs Citizens ONLY)
The following animals permitted at designated pet-friendly shelters. Each family is authorized to bring up to three pets which include: Dogs, Cats, Ferrets, Pocket pets (hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs), Rabbits and Birds. No reptiles or other exotic animals are allowed in the shelters.
All pets must have proof of vaccination and registration, be properly crated or caged and maintained by the owner. NO PETS MAY BE DROPPED OFF.
Although animals are kept separate from people, families must provide for their pets while at the shelter.

Duval County/JaxReady - Hurricane Irma
Check for updates on Hurricane Irma.

Escambia County Emergency Management - Hurricane Irma
Escambia County opened a host shelter on Friday, Sept. 8:
Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E Gregory St, Pensacola, FL 32502
The Bay Center Shelter is a host shelter for south Florida evacuees, not Escambia County residents. There are currently NO EVACUATIONS ordered for Escambia County. Evacuees with pets and special needs will be accommodated at the Bay Center. Additional shelters will be opened as needed and directed by the state of Florida.

Escambia County - Horse Evacuation - Hurricane Irma
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 - Hurricane Irma
The following pet-friendly shelter opened on Saturday, Sept. 9:
Bunnell Elementary, 305 N. Palmetto Street, Bunnell, FL - for residents with crated, domestic pets.
REMINDER: Bunnell Elementary is ONLY accepting people with PETS.
Please give Flagler County Emergency Services a call at 386-586-5111 for assistance.

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

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

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

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

Gulf County Emergency Management - Hurricane Irma
The shelter in Calhoun County at the Blountstown High School, 18597 NE SR 69, Blountstown, FL 32424, has been designated as a shelter of last resort, which means pets will be allowed in the shelter. It is recommended that you take your pet's vet records, kennel/crate, food, water, any medicines, and any other necessary items that your pet will need.

Hardee County Emergency Management - Hurricane Irma
At 1:00 pm Sept. 10, all shelters will be on lock-down status due to sustained winds of 40+ mph.
All General Population hurricane shelters in Hardee County will be accepting pets. If you are bringing a pet, please bring a pet carrier if you own one, pet food, a collar and a leash.
Hardee County Evacuation Shelters

Hendry County - Hurricane Irma
East Hendry County will be opening a refuge of LAST RESORT at the Clewiston High School, located at 1501 S. Francisco Street at 1pm, Saturday Sept. 9. This shelter is NOT for people from the mandatory evacuation zone who are already in a shelter. This is a LAST RESORT shelter for those who have not already sought shelter. No services will be available at this site. If you are already in a shelter, do NOT leave and relocate. Pets are allowed in the Clewiston High School Shelter but MUST be crated.

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

Hernando County - Hurricane Irma
Sept. 10: Nature Coast Technical High School is at full capacity for PETS ONLY. General Public is still being accepted.
West Hernando Middle School, 14325 Ken Austin Pkwy, Brooksville, FL 34614, is open as a pet shelter.
Sept. 9: Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., Spring Hill, 34604, is open to general population and pet friendly. You must bring a carrier/kennel.
Pet Friendly Shelter, Nature Coast High School is at Capacity.
D.S. Parrott Middle School is at capacity and CLOSED! Nature Coast Technical High School at 4057 California St, Brooksville 34604 is now open as a pet shelter. Please bring your own crates and carriers.
The following pet-friendly shelter opened Friday, September 8 at 2 p.m.:
D.S. Parrott Middle School, 19220 Youth Dr., Brooksville, FL 34601 (designated pet-friendly shelter)
Shelter Updates Hernando County

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

Hillsborough County - Hurricane Irma
Wharton High School, 20150 Bruce B. Downs in Tampa, has been added as a pet-friendly shelter.
The following pet-friendly shelters opened on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 8 a.m.:
Shields Middle School, 15732 Beth Shields Ways in Ruskin (FULL CAPACITY)
Bartels Middle School, 9020 Imperial Oak Blvd in Tampa (FULL CAPACITY)
Smith, Sgt. Paul Middle School, 14303 Citrus Pointe Drive in Tampa (FULL CAPACITY)
Burnett Middle School, 1010 N Kingsway Road in Seffner (FULL CAPACITY)
Residents bringing pets to a pet-friendly shelter must bring a sturdy carrier for each pet that allows room for the pet to stand up and move around, as well as a collar with a leash, and supplies for each pet to last seven days.
Shelter Updates Hillsborough County

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

Holmes County Emergency Management - Hurricane Irma
If you have any questions concerning shelters please contact Emergency Management at 850-547-1112.

Indian River County - Hurricane Irma
The following pet-friendly shelter opened on Saturday, Sept. 9:
Liberty Magnet School, 6850 81st Street, Vero Beach
No registration required. (772) 388-4592 . Residents need to bring crates for their pets, as well as food, water and litter. All pets must have up-to-date vaccinations. Pets, along with their owners, will be taken by a first come, first serve basis.

Indian River County Emergency Management - Hurricane Irma
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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

Jackson County Emergency Management - Hurricane Irma
Jackson County has opened General Population Shelter and People with Special Needs Shelters (PSN).
The Shelters are located at Marianna High School, 3546 Caverns Road, Marianna, FL.
Evacuees MUST bring identification with them to the Shelter. No animals are allowed in the PSN shelter. Pets are allowed in the general shelter as long as they are in a carrier, and the owner supplies the food and water. The stalls at the Jackson County Agriculture Center on U.S. 90 will be the area horse shelter. It can hold 250 horses. The building adjacent to the stalls may be put to use as a Red Cross staging area, as well. It is located at 3631 U.S. 90, Marianna.

Jacksonville, City of (Duval County)
Pet friendly shelters locations will be identified by local emergency management officials in response to the incident at hand and will be relayed to the public through known information thoroughfares such as TV, Radio, JaxReady.com, and social media. The following animal species will be accepted into the shelters: dogs, cats, rodents (such as hamsters, gerbils, etc.), birds, and rabbits. No reptiles will be allowed in shelters.

Lake County - Hurricane Irma
All nine Lake County general public and special needs shelters are pet friendly. Lake County opened all shelters on Saturday, Sept. 9:
Astatula Elementary, 13925 Florida Ave., Astatula
Leesburg Elementary, 2229 South St., Leesburg
Lost Lake Elementary, 1901 Johns Lake Road, Clermont
Mascotte Elementary, 460 Midway Ave., Mascotte
Round Lake Elementary, 31333 Round Lake Road, Mount Dora
Spring Creek Elementary, 44440 Spring Creek Road, Paisley
Treadway Elementary, 10619 Treadway School Road, Leesburg
Umatilla Elementary, 401 Lake St., Umatilla
Villages Elementary, 695 Rolling Acres Road, Lady Lake (FULL CAPACITY)
Pets must be brought to shelters in a carrier or crate that is marked with the owner’s name, address and two phone numbers. Owners must have documentation of up-to-date rabies vaccinations for their pets. Owners are responsible for taking care of their pets. It is recommended pet owners bring all pet supplies, such as food and water, litter and litter box and leash.
Pet friendly emergency shelters are open only to domestic pets only. No livestock will be admitted. For livestock, it is recommended to safely mark animals and leave them in pastures.
For shelter information call 352-253-9999 or check Shelter Updates

Lake County Emergency Management - Hurricane Irma
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Lafayette County Emergency Management - Hurricane irma
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Lee County - Hurricane Irma
The primary pet shelters are South Fort Myers High School and East Lee County High School, but thanks to Lee County Domestic Animal Services every shelter is available to take in pets if needed.
Sept. 11: Lee County Emergency Management is providing shelter at four locations tonight (Monday, Sept. 11) for people who remained in shelters today post-Irma and for people who may have incurred Hurricane Irma damage to their homes and need a place to stay temporarily.
Open shelters tonight include:
Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero
Alico Arena, Florida Gulf Coast University campus
North Fort Myers Rec Center (new), 2000 N. Recreation Way, North Fort Myers
Dunbar Middle School (new), 4750 Winkler Ave. Extension, Fort Myers
All shelters are pet friendly. Please bring a crate for your animal or a leash.
Sept. 11 Shelters for Evacuees and Newly Displaced Residents
As of 12 p.m. Sept. 10 three shelters in Lee County have availability:
Harns Marsh Elementary School, 1800 Unice Ave N, Lehigh Acres
Mirror Lakes Elementary School, 525 Charwood Ave. South, Lehigh Acres
Veterans Park Recreation Center, 49 Homestead Road, Lehigh Acres.
The following shelters opened on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m.:
Mirror Lakes Elementary School, 525 Charwood Ave. South, Lehigh Acres
Harns Marsh Elementary School, 1800 Unice Ave N, Lehigh Acres
North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts, 1856 Arts Way, North Fort Myers
Veterans Park Recreation Center, 49 Homestead Road South, Lehigh Acres
The following shelters opened on Saturday, Sept. 9:
Ray V. Pottorf Elementary School, 4600 Challenger Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33966 (
Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero, FL 33928 (FULL CAPACITY)
Alico Arena at Florida Gulf Coast University, 12181 Fgcu Lake Pkwy E, Fort Myers, FL 33913
Pets are welcome at all shelters.
Please try to take a crate if you are evacuating with your pet. The shelters are out of crates. Make sure you have leashes and food for several days. ***IMPORTANT*** Please bring food and water to the shelter with you!
The following shelters opened on Friday, Sept. 8:
East Lee County High School, 715 Thomas Sherwin Ave., Lehigh Acres (FULL CAPACITY
Varsity Lakes Middle School, 801 Gunnery Road., Lehigh Acres (FULL CAPACITY)
Harns Marsh Middle School, 1820 Unice Ave. N., Lehigh Acres (FULL CAPACITY)
Oak Hammock Middle School, 5321 Tice St., Fort Myers (FULL CAPACITY)
Island Coast High School, 2125 De Navarra Pkwy., Cape Coral (FULL CAPACITY)
South Ft. Myers High School, 14020 Plantation Road., Fort Myers (FULL CAPACITY)
Estero Rec Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Road., Estero (FULL CAPACITY)
If possible, please bring crates for your pets. And, if you'd like to donate any pet crates for animals in shelters, please drop the crates off at any of the seven shelter locations.
Lee County Shelters Updates

Lee County Emergency Management - Hurricane Irma
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Leon County - Hurricane Irma
All the shelters in Leon County allow pets. Additional shelters opened Sept. 10:
Fort Braden Elementary School, 15100 Blountstown Hwy, Tallahassee
R. Frank Nims Middle School, 723 W Orange Ave., Tallahassee Leon High School, 550 E. Tennessee Street, Tallahassee
For those sheltering with pets, bring pet food and any other supplies necessary for the comfort of your animal.
Shelters in Leon County

Leon County Emergency Management - Hurricane Irma
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Levy County - Hurricane Irma
No shelters in Levy County are pet friendly.
Citizens with dogs or cats that need to be sheltered have to bring a crate, food for the pet and a current rabies certification. All dogs and cats will be sheltered in a separate facility at Levy County Animal Services in Bronson. Pets will not be accepted if a current rabies vaccination certificate does not accompany the animal. Animal Control personnel can vaccinate your animal on arrival for $10 if current vaccination records are not available.
Citizens who do not have transportation and need to evacuate to a shelter should call 352-486-5427. For all other questions, please call 352-486-5155 or 352-486-5576.
Shelter Locations:
Bronson Elementary School, 400 Ishie Avenue, Bronson, Fl 32621
Bronson Middle High School, 351 Ishie Avenue, Bronson, Fl 32621
Williston Middle High School, 350 Robert Philpot Way, Williston, Fl 32696
Williston Elementary School, 801 South Main Street, Williston, Fl 32696
Levy County Animal Services (Animal Control Facility), 12055 NE 69th Lane, Bronson, FL 32621 (352) 486-5138
Call 352-486-5155 Or 352-486-5576 if you need any information.

Liberty County Emergency Management - Hurricane Irma
Pet Friendly Shelter is available in Leon County:
Lawton Chiles High School, 7200 Lawton Chiles Lane, Tallahassee

Madison County Emergency Management - Hurricane Irma
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Manatee County - Hurricane Irma
ALL shelters are now pet-friendly shelters.
Registration and transportation for the Special Needs Registry is no longer available.
Pet Shelter Requirements:
Pet(s) must arrive with a carrier or cage. Cages will not be available on site.
Pet(s) must remain in carrier (except at scheduled exercise times).
Owners must provide pet food and other pet supplies as needed.
Owners must provide certification that pet(s) are current with rabies vaccination
Owners will not permit other shelter occupants to handle or approach pet(s).
Owners are responsible for the care, feeding and handling of their own pet(s).

Manatee County Emergency Management - Hurricane Irma
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Marion County - Hurricane Irma
Sept. 10: Vanguard High School is currently at full capacity for pet sheltering, but citizens can still bring their pets with them and Marion County Animal Services will accommodate the sheltering of those animals. Vanguard also has room for more people, so citizens can seek shelter there as well.
The only pet friendly shelter in Marion County is Vanguard High School, located at 7 NE 28th St., Ocala, FL 34475.
If you are bringing your pet(s) to the pet-friendly shelter, they must be caged and you will be required to provide recent immunization documentation. Please bring whatever supplies are needed in order for your pets to be self-sufficient, and please pick up after them as well.
Reminder for those going to the pet friendly shelter at Vanguard High School, please remember to bring the following with your pet: Cage or crate to secure your pet, Food, Medicine, Shot records, Water, Any needed comfort items.
Pet Friendly Shelter at Vanguard High School, Marion County, Florida

Marion County Animal Services - Hurricane Irma
MCAS (shelter and control division) is part of the emergency support team during a hurricane. They open and operate the Pet Friendly Shelter at Vanguard High School and respond to priority animal emergencies, weather permitting.

Marion County Sheriff's Office - Hurricane Irma
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Martin County - Hurricane Irma
Pets (other than service animals) are not allowed in emergency shelters. Residents are encouraged to make alternate arrangements for their pets. If additional shelters are opened, they will be announced on local radio and television. Tune to the local news media or call the Public Information Hotline at 772-287-1652.

Martin County - Hurricane Irma
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 - Knowles Animal Clinics - Hurricane Irma
Knowles Animal Clinics is serving as a shelter for your pets as a last resort so long as space remains, said Alyssa Dominguez from its Kendall location on Sunset Drive. But you have to bring your own kennel and you can’t stay at Knowles with your pet.

Miami-Dade Country - Hurricane Irma
Pet Friendly Shelter: Miami Lakes Educational Center and Technical College 5780 NW 158th Street is open.
The pet-friendly shelter at The Fuchs Pavilion at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exhibition (Gate 2), located at 10901 Coral Way in Miami is open. Visitors to the pet-friendly shelter enter Gate 2 on at 10901 Coral Way, Miami. They will accept dogs, cats, and any pets in a cage. (THIS SHELTER IS AT CAPACITY)
There are additional pet-friendly shelters at:
Highland Oaks Middle, 2375 NE 203rd Street, North Miami, 33180 (AT CAPACITY)
Hammocks Middle School, 9889 Hammocks Blvd., Miami, 33196 (PET FRIENDLY AT CAPACITY)

Miami-Dade Country - Hurricane Irma
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 - Hurricane Irma
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Monroe County - Hurricane Irma
There will be no shelters in Monroe County. Monroe County’s pet-friendly shelter, the E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds and Exposition, will open at 5 p.m on Sept. 7 Pet owners should bring the pet’s food, medications and vaccination records. If it is necessary to evacuate to the out-of-county special needs shelter at Florida International University in Miami, people with special needs may bring their pets when they evacuate. Pets will be taken to a separate shelter with 24/7 care.

Monroe County Emergency Management - Hurricane Irma
Florida Emergency Information Hotline: 1-800-342-3557.
Monroe County Emergency Hotline: 1-800-955-5504.
Local Monroe County Emergency Hotline: 305-517-2480
Monroe County is opening four refuges of last resort due to the challenges of evacuating all Keys residents and the life-threatening winds and dangerous storm surge expected from Hurricane Irma.
The following refuges of last resort will open at 7 a.m. on Saturday. No services will be available at those sites. And, they only will be open until tropical storm force winds subside.
These refuges of last resort are only to provide a safe location to ride out the storm rather than to be stuck in a vehicle or structure that is unsafe. They will close again after the unsafe weather conditions have passed. They are not recovery shelters.
The refuges of last resort are:
Coral Shores HS; 89951 Overseas Hwy; Plantation Key FL 33036 (MM89.9 ocean side)
Marathon HS; 350 Sombrero Road; Marathon, FL 33050 (MM 50 ocean side)
Sugarloaf School; 225 Crane Blvd.; Sugarloaf Key, FL (MM 19 gulf side)
Key West HS; 2100 Flagler Ave.; Key West, FL 33040 (MM 2)
You should bring food, any necessary medications, water and bedding that you may need to ride out the storm.

Monroe County
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.
The following pets are accepted at pet friendly shelters: Dog, Cats, Gerbils, Hamsters, Mice, Rats, Guinea pigs, Small Rabbits (small sized, under 10 pounds), Ferrets, and Birds.
To place a pet in a County Pet-Friendly Shelter: Pre-register pet(s); Provide proof of residency within evacuation zone; Present medical and current vaccination records for each pet. Annual rabies vaccinations and visible Monroe County dog license are required by Monroe County Code. Cats are also required to have annual rabies vaccinations. Pre-register pet(s) for Monroe County shelters

Nassau County - Hurricane Irma
Nassau County opened the following pet-friendly shelter on Friday, Sept. 9:
Callahan Middle School, 450121 Old Dixie Hwy, Callahan, FL 32011
Please bring your pet's crate, vaccination record, food and bowls, leash, and hygiene supplies (baggies or litter box) - toys and favorite blanket, too!

Okaloosa County - Hurricane Irma
Shoal River Middle School is a designated emergency shelter and opened on Friday, Sept. 8 for HURRICANE EVACUEES ONLY. The school is located at 3200 East Redstone Avenue in Crestview. As of this moment, it will be the only shelter open in Crestview. If you are an evacuee or have family who are evacuees, they are welcome to stay at the emergency shelter until it is determined to be safe to return home. Once the shelter has reached 75% capacity, the county will open Riverside Elementary School as an additional shelter for HURRICANE EVACUEES ONLY. Riverside Elementary School is located right across from Shoal River Middle School.
Pet are accepted only if they are kenneled as they will have to remain inside the Kennel at all times when inside the shelter. Only exception is ADA certified service animals.

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 - Hurricane Irma
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Orange County - Hurricane Irma
Orange County opened the following pet-friendly shelters on Saturday Sept. 9:
Barnett Park Community Center, 4801 W. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32808
Bithlo Community Center, 18501 Washington Ave., Orlando, FL 32820
Oak Ridge High School, 6000 Winegard Rd., Orlando, FL 32809
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 - Hurricane Irma
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Osceola County - Hurricane Irma
Sept. 10: The pet-friendly shelter with available space is:
Harmony High School, 3601 Arthur J Gallagher Boulevard, St Cloud, FL 34771
The following pet-friendly shelters opened on Friday, Sept. 8:
Harmony High School, 3601 Arthur J Gallagher Blvd, St Cloud, FL 34771
Kissimmee Middle School, 2410 Dyer Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34741
Liberty High School, 4250 Pleasant Hill Rd, Kissimmee, FL 34746
If you plan on evacuating to one of these shelters, please make sure to bring your own crates, leashes, bowls, food, etc. With the uncertainty surrounding this storm, we advise packing enough pet food to last one week. Osceola County Emergency Information Hotline: 407-742-0000

Osceola County Emergency Management - Hurricane Irma
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Palm Beach County - Hurricane Irma
There is one designated pet shelter in Palm Beach County. The Pet Friendly Shelter opened on Friday, Sept. 8 at West Boynton Recreation Center, 6000 Northtree Blvd., Lake Worth. The pet friendly shelter is available to Palm Beach County residents residing in a mandatory evacuation zone or in mobile homes. Proof of residency is required. Space is limited and restrictions apply. Each pet must be accompanied by only one owner who will stay at the shelter. Other family members will need to stay at nearby Park Vista High School due to space restrictions. Livestock and reptiles will not be accepted. Pets will be housed in a separate area from people. Pet owners will be given a schedule to attend to their animal's needs. Please visit www.pbcgov.com/animal to register. Pet owners can register their animals here
Palm Beach County Hurricane Irma Updates and Shelter Openings

Palm Beach County Emergency Management - Hurricane Irma
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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.

Pasco County - Hurricane Irma
As of Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. the following shelters are accepting pets:
Sanders Elementary, 5126 School Road, Land O Lakes
Oakstead Elementary, 19925 Lake Patience Rd., Land O Lakes
Connerton Elementary, 9300 Flourish Dr., Land O Lakes
 Pine View Elementary, 5333 Parkway Blvd., Land O Lakes
 Veterans Elementary, 26940 Progress Parkway, Wesley Chapel
 Seven Oaks Elementary, 27633 Mystic Oak Blvd., Wesley Chapel
 Double Branch Elementary, 31500 Chancey Rd., Wesley Chapel
 Pasco Middle School, 13925 14th St., Dade City
 James W. Mitchell High School, 2323 Little Rd, New Port Richey (FULL)
 Fivay High School, 12115 Chicago Ave., Hudson (FULL)
 River Ridge Middle/High School, 11646 Town Center Rd., New Port Richey
 Longleaf Elementary School, 3253 Town Ave., New Port Richey
 Odessa Elementary School, 12810 Interloken Rd., New Port Richey
 Schrader Elementary School, 11041 Little Rd., New Port Richey
 Trinity Elementary School, 2209 Duck Slough Blvd., New Port Richey
 New River Elementary School, 4710 River Glen Blvd., Wesley Chap
 Thomas E. Weightman Middle School, 30649 Wells Rd., Wesley Chapel
 Raymond B. Stewart Middle School, 38505 10th Ave., Zephyrhills
 Wiregrass Ranch High School, 2909 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel
The following pet-friendly shelter opened on Friday, Sept. 8
Centennial Middle School, 38505 Centennial Rd., Dade City (FULL CAPACITY)
Attention Pet Owners: Please note the shelters are currently out of pet crates. If you bring your dogs you must have them on a leash and stay with your pet the entire time at the shelter. There is no weight/size limit for dogs. If you have an aggressive breed of dog (or has had previous aggression issues), please think twice about using the shelter or make sure the pet has a muzzle. Cats and other small pets must be in secured in a crate.
Please click here for a list of supplies to bring with your pet
Shelter Updates Pasco County

Pasco County, Florida Government - Hurricane Irma
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Pinellas County - Hurricane Irma
Sept. 10 Clearwater Fundamental Middle School is at capacity with pets, however, if you have crates for the pets, they will not turn them away.
Pinellas County has opened the following pet-friendly shelters:
Clearwater Fundamental Middle School, 1660 Palmetto Street, Clearwater
John Hopkins Middle School, 701 16th Street S., St. Petersburg, FL
The facilities are substantially-built, have large indoor gyms and separate air handlers to ensure the comfort and safety of allergic citizens who shelter there. Residents must preregister themselves and their pets for these pet-friendly shelters, as space is limited. Mobile home residents are given first priority.
Prepare for Your Pet

Pinellas County Government - Hurricane Irma
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Polk County - Hurricane Irma
Shelter Updates Polk County
The following pet-friendly shelters opened on Saturday, Sept. 9:
Lake Region High School, 1995 Thunder Road, Eagle Lake
Phillip O’Brien Elementary, 1255 E. Lime Street, Lakeland (Open, but no more pets)
Lake Region High School and Phillip O’Brien Elementary are pet-friendly facilities.
Pet owners must bring shot records for their pets, an airline-approved carrying case or crate and pet food.
Polk County’s Citizen Information Line is available to call with questions at (863) 401-2234.

Polk County Emergency Management - Hurricane Irma
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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 - Hurricane Irma
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 - Hurricane Irma
The Pensacola Bay Center (201 E. Gregory Street, Pensacola) in Escambia County is opened as a host shelter for south Florida evacuees and will accommodate those with pets and special needs. The Santa Rosa County area is NOT being evacuated. Do not drop your pets off in the county's animal shelter night-box if you are leaving the area. The animal shelter is NOT a boarding facility. The June Ates Arena at Santa Rosa County Fairgrounds, 8604 Bobby Brown Road in Milton, will begin accepting horses at 8 a.m. Saturday on a first-come, first-serve basis for evacuees from Central/South Florida. Stalls are limited. Bring your own feed/hay or some will available for purchase. Call 850-390-3227 or 850-623-1115 for more information.

Sarasota County - Hurricane Irma
Sept. 10 three pet-friendly shelters are open:
Woodland Middle School, 2700 Panacea Blvd., North Port
Heron Creek Middle School, 6501 W. Price Blvd., North Port
Gulf Gate Elementary School, 6500 S. Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota
Open Shelters Sarasota County
Manatee County has made all of its open shelters pet friendly
Sarasota County has opened the following general public pet-friendly shelters:
Riverview High School (pet friendly), 1 Ram Way, Sarasota (AT CAPACITY)
Woodland Middle School (pet friendly), 2700 Panacea Blvd., North Port
Brookside Middle School (pet friendly), 3636 S. Shade Ave., Sarasota (AT CAPACITY)
North Port High (pet friendly), 6400 W. Price Blvd., North Port (AT CAPACITY)
Heron Creek Middle (pet friendly), 6501 W. Price Blvd., North Port
Pet friendly shelters require current vaccination records for dogs and cats.
Shelter Updates Sarasota County

Sarasota County Emergency Services - Hurricane Irma
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Seminole County
Seminole County has opened the following pet-friendly shelters:
Lyman High, 865 South C.R. 427, Longwood, FL 32750
Bentley Elementary, 2190 Oregon Ave., Sanford, FL 32771
All animals need to be in carriers. Please provide your own crate/carrier. Bentley Elementary and Lyman High are the only two shelters accepting pets

Seminole County, FL - Hurricane Irma
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St. Johns County - Hurricane Irma
The following pet-friendly shelters opened on Saturday, Sept. 9:
South Wood Elementary School, 4750 SR 206 West (Pet Friendly)
Timberlin Creek Elementary School, 555 Pine Tree Lane (Pet Friendly)

St. Johns County Emergency Management - Hurricane Irma
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St. Lucie County - Hurricane Irma
The ONLY Pet-Friendly Shelter in St. Lucie County during this event is Fort Pierce Westwood High School, located at 1801 Panther Lane, Fort Pierce, FL 34947-7021. This pet-friendly shelter opened on Friday, September 8 and is limited to the first 200 pets (first come –first serve basis).
Residents need to bring crates for their pets, as well as food, water and litter. All pets must have up-to-date vaccinations. Pets, along with their owners, will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Owners must stay with their dog or cat at all times. All pets should be vaccinated and owners must provide for all needs: cages, food, water, litter, etc.

St. Lucie County/Port of St. Lucie - Hurricane Irma
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Sumter County - Hurricane Irma
Sept. 10: Sumter County has established emergency shelters for those who have been unable to seek refuge elsewhere. The shelters of last resort include the existing shelter locations of:
Special Needs: Wildwood Community Center 6500 Powell Road Wildwood, FL 34785
General Public: (Pet-Friendly): Webster Elementary School 349 S Market Blvd. SR 471 Webster, FL 33597
If you evacuate to a shelter you need to bring:
• Bedding, snacks, extra clothes, toiletries, any necessary medications
• For pets, bring food, a crate, medications, leash, and any necessary material
As of 4:00 pm Sept. 9, the Sumter County Fair Grounds (Pet Friendly) is FULL. We anticipate South Sumter High School (Pet Friendly) to reach capacity at 5:30pm; however, Webster Elementary 349 S Market Blvd. SR 471 Webster, FL 33597 will be able to accommodate pets as of 5:30 pm Sept. 9 and become the remaining (Pet Friendly) shelter.
Sumter County opened a pet-friendly general population shelter for evacuees at 2:00 PM Friday, Sept. 8 at the Sumter County Fairgrounds, located at 7620 SR 471, Webster, FL 33513. If you are in need of transportation to the shelter, please call 352-569-3190.

Suwanee County - Hurricane Irma
Suwannee County opened a pet-friendly shelter at the Suwannee County Coliseum, 1302 11th Street/CR136, Live Oak, FL on Friday, Sept. 8. You must have a crate or carrier for your pet.

Taylor County - Hurricane Irma
Sept. 10: The shelter at Taylor County Elementary is at max capacity. A second shelter has opened at the Taylor County High School, 900 Johnson Stripling Rd, Perry, FL 32347
Taylor County Elementary School, 1600 West Green Street, Perry, FL 32347, opened on Friday, Sept. 8 for evacuees and is a pet friendly shelter. All dogs, cats and ferrets need WRITTEN proof of vaccines. Animal Control will have these forms and a camera ready for you to bring your pet and pre-register at 302 W. Maurice Linton Rd.
You are required to stay with your pet at this shelter. This is NOT a drop off for pets.
Animals accepted at the pet-friendly shelter: dogs/puppies, cat/kittens, birds, and ferrets/rodents/rabbits/pocket pet.
Taylor County Animal Control

Vero Beach (Indian River County): Humane Society of Vero Beach & 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 facility. Check the HSVB Facebook page for updates on Hurricane Irma

Volusia County - Hurricane Irma
The following general public pet-friendly shelters opened on Saturday, Sept. 9:
Spirit Elementary School, 1500 Meadowlark Drive, Deltona
Volusia County Fairgrounds, 3150 E. State Road 44, DeLand
Pine Trail Elementary School, 300 Airport Road, Ormond Beach
Champion Elementary School, 921 Tournament Drive, Daytona Beach
The following special needs shelters (these are pet friendly for those with special needs) opened on Saturday, Sept. 9:
Palm Terrace Elementary School, 1825 Dunn Ave, Daytona Beach
Creekside Middle School, 6801 Airport Road, Port Orange
Freedom Elementary School, 1395 S. Blue Lake Ave., DeLand
Heritage Middle School, 1001 Parnell Court, Deltona
All animals (except service animals) brought to a shelter need to be crated.

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 - Hurricane Irma
Check for updates on Hurricane Irma.

Wakulla County Sheriff's Office - Hurricane Irma
Sept. 10: Check Leon County for pet-friendly shelters.
Please be advised the shelter being opened by Red Cross at Crawfordville elementary is not pet friendly at this time. We have asked Red Cross to address this and hope to have some info soon on this matter but at this time it is not pet friendly.

Walton County Emergency Management - Hurricane Irma
Sept. 10: Walton County opened a general population, special needs, pet-friendly shelter at Freeport High School for those who decide to VOLUNTARILY evacuate from their travel trailers, mobile homes, or those who do not feel safe in their homes or have special needs.
Freeport High School Shelter
12165 US Hwy 331 Business
Freeport, FL 32439
Any pets that are brought to the shelter should be domesticated dogs or cats, should be crated and food needs to be provided by the owner.

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

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Georgia - Hurricane Irma - Full List of Georgia Evacuation Shelters, Where to Take Pets
Animal Shelters:
Animal Shelters: Albany Humane Society: OPEN, 1705 West Oakridge Drive, Albany, Georgia 31707
Macon Market Pet Shelter: OPEN, 2055 Eisenhower Parkway, Macon, GA 310206
Muscogee PAWS Humane, Inc.: OPEN, 4900 Milgen Rd, Columbus GA 31907
Okefenokee Fairgrounds: OPEN, 2451 Knight Avenue, Waycross, Georgia 31503
The Pet Lodge: OPEN, 5970 Peach Parkway, Fort Valley, GA 31030
Southern Pines: OPEN, 575 Southern Pines Rd, Dublin, GA 31021
Augusta Animal Shelter: OPEN, 4330 Deans Bridge Road, Blythe, Augusta, Georgia 30805
Good Samaritan Shelters:
Freedom Church: OPEN with space available for pets, 500 Underwood Rd, Milledgeville, GA 31061
Park Avenue United Methodist Church: OPEN with limited room available for those with pets, significant room available for those without pets, 100 E Park Ave Valdosta, GA 31602

Georgia Emergency Management - Hurricane Irma
Check for Open Shelters

Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management - Hurricane Irma
Check for updates on Hurricane Irma.

Bryan County Emergency Services - Hurricane Irma
Check for updates on Hurricane Irma.

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

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

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 - Hurricane Irma
Check for updates on Hurricane Irma.

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

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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.

Kauai
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.

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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.

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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

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

New Orleans - Hurricane Harvey
The SPCA in Algiers has received "100 wire crates from the state to assist with setting up a temporary animal shelter should the need arise." The shelter will pick up and house any pets owned by homeless people who enter a shelter during flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey. Those shelters include New Orleans Mission, Salvation Army, Ozanam Inn and Covenant House. To report an animal emergency call 504.368.5191, ext. 100, or email dispatch@la-spca.org. Pet owners who live in Orleans Parish and need the city's assistance to evacuate should register by calling 311. Registering in advance is critical.

New Orleans, City of
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mississippi Board of Animal Health
Mississippi Board of Animal Health (MBAH) will direct and control all activities related to animal protection and control during an emergency. Pet-friendly shelter locations will be those designated by Mississippi Board of Animal Health/Emergency Management Team as meeting the safety standards for humans and/or animals. The pet-friendly shelter area should be large enough to separate species and, if necessary, quarantine for health and safety of animals, owners, and volunteers. Separate areas should be designated for dogs, cats, and other small animals; Owners will be required to bring records of recent vaccinations, identification tags or collars, documentation of animal work status, i.e. seeing eye, disability assistance, NASAR certification, etc.

Harrison County
The Humane Society of South Mississippi and the Emergency Management Agency have teamed up to provide a pet friendly evacuation shelter for Harrison County at Harrison Central High School, 15600 School Rd, Gulfport, MS. If you intend to utilize the pet-friendly hurricane shelter, you must stay at the shelter as well. Pre-registration is required.

Ocean Springs, City of
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.

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Hamilton - Lolo Peak Fire
The Bitterroot Humane Association is accepting companion pets of people who have been evacuated in the Lolo Peak fire. The office at 262 Fairgrounds Road in Hamilton is open until 5 p.m. PH. 406-363-5311. After 5 p.m. evacuees may call the same number and it will be forwarded to a staff member who can help.

Helena: Alice Creek Fire
Valley Veterinary Hospital at 4880 North Montana Ave. in Helena is taking in animals displaced by area fires. Anyone wanting to shelter an animal should call first, 406-442-0188.

Helena - Alice Creek Fire
Due to the Alice Creek Fire, Valley Veterinary Hospital in Helena is ready to take in their pets and animals. They have enough room to house 25 to 30 horses, about 20 large dogs, and several dozen cats, if the need arises. If you’re in one of the affected areas and want to bring an animal in, you can call Valley Veterinary at (406) 442-0188.

Missoula County Fire Information
Service dogs only at The Red Cross at the University Congregational Church at 405 University Avenue in Missoula.
Missoula Animal Control has identified locations to shelter pets or livestock. For information call their office at 406-541-7387 and leave a message.
The Missoula County Fairgrounds, 1101 South Ave W, Missoula, MT 59801 is also taking animals in. To use this space, read the Fairgrounds Facilities information packet and complete the form on the last page.
Food donations may be made in-person at the Animal Control office, located at 6700 Butler Creek Road in Missoula.

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.

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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.

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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

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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. www.CatawbaCountyNC.gov 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 (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.

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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).

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

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Josephine County - Pet & Livestock Preparedness

Josephine County - Chetco Bar Fire
If you need help evacuating your animals, email jocoanimalevacuation@gmail.com or call 541-474-5390.

Josephine County Emergency Preparedness

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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.

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South Carolina Emergency Management - Hurricane Irma
Check for Open Shelters
Emergency shelters will be available for residents and visitors who are evacuating from southern coastal areas due to Hurricane Irma. The following shelters allow pets:
Anderson Civic Center, 3027 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Anderson
Charleston County Building at 3765 Leeds Ave., 3765 Leeds Avenue, Charleston
Dubose Middle School, 1005 Dubose School Road, Summerville
As a general rule, only service animals are allowed in Red Cross shelters due to health and safety concerns. Pet owners are encouraged to make alternate emergency plans; however, people with pets can go to any open shelter and volunteers will make arrangements for them.

South Carolina Emergency Management - Hurricane Irma
Check for updates on Hurricane Irma.

South Carolina Emergency Management Division - Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies

Aiken County Emergency Services

Beaufort County Emergency Management - Hurricane Irma
Pet/Equine Shelter Information: For those who are evacuating to central Georgia, they can leave their pets at the Georgia State Fairgrounds @ 2055 Eisenhower Parkway in Perry, GA (478-954-0833) which is located minutes from Macon, GA. The center will be staffed by the state’s Animal Welfare Department. This location is a designated equine evacuation site. According to news releases, the Animal Interstate Movement Health Requirements for animals entering Georgia has been waived. The Red Cross opened a shelter on Sept. 8 just 6 miles from the pet shelter at 815 N. Macon Park Drive, Macon, GA (478-477-8526). If you leave your pet at the shelter, you are welcomed to visit with him/her/it throughout the day.

Beaufort County Emergency Management - Hurricane Preparedness
The Beaufort County Animal Services does not board pets during a hurricane evacuation.

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

Colleton County Hurricane Evacuation Shelter
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

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Bexar County - Hurricane Harvey
There are designated shelter facilities around San Antonio. Many of the facilities include large warehouses that have been retrofitted as sleeping quarters and meeting areas. All evacuees should check in at 200 Gembler Road, just northeast of the AT&T Center. Evacuees with pets can also go to the Gembler check-in point, but pets cannot stay in the same facilities as people. All pets, with the exception of service animals, will be kept in separate facilities, however, the city will provide shuttle service so people can visit their animals.

Bexar County - Caring for Animals in an Emergency

Brazoria County/Alvin - Hurricane Harvey
Red Cross Shelter is now open in Alvin in the cafeteria of Living Stones Church, 1407 Victory Lane, for those in need. The Red Cross shelter will not take animals unless they are crated. Those in need of evacuation because of water in their house are urged to call the Alvin Police Department non-emergency number at 281-388-4370.

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.

Corpus Christi - Hurricane Harvey
If you can't evacuate on your own during a hurricane, the city of Corpus Christi will provide transportation to San Antonio. Register at the Cabaniss Athletic Complex, 3601 N Oso Pkwy Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78415. Pets are allowed to accompany you.

Corpus Christi - Hurricane Harvey
The Corpus Christi Natatorium at 3202 Cabaniss Rd, Corpus Christi, TX 78415 is also another option to evacuate. The CCRTA is expected to run buses to the Natatorium on its routes at no charge. Passengers can bring luggage and pets as long as they are on leashes or in carriers. Operations at the Natatorium will resume 8 a.m. on Friday.

Corpus Christi, Nueces County - Hurricane Harvey
The Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority has picked up hundreds of residents from bus stops inside city limits and in the western part Nueces County. The bus rides are free. If people were picked up in Corpus Christi, they were taken to Cabaniss to board buses to San Antonio. In cities such as Driscoll, Petronila, Agua Dulce and Bishop, evacuees were taken to the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown to be taken to further inland to San Antonio. Starting at 8 a.m. Friday, the RTA resumed pickup at bus stops for Cabaniss. Residents with pets can register them with the city's Animal Care Services before registering themselves and their belongings.

Dallas - Hurricane Harvey
The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, located at 650 S Griffin St., Dallas, TX 75202, opened on 8/29 to shelter Hurricane Harvey evacuees. The state of Texas has 250 buses in Houston, waiting to take people out of the city if necessary. The city of Dallas is prepared to receive about 6,000 people — along with as many pets as necessary. Animal evacuees will be housed in the fourth floor of the Reunion Arena parking garage next door to the convention center.

Dallas - Hurricane Harvey
Dallas Animal Services is assisting evacuees with pets. If someone arrives at a Dallas shelter with a pet, a DAS representative will bring it to the SPCA.

Fort Bend County - Pet Friendly Shelters
Shelters are opened in Fort Bend County to help support evacuees as conditions warrant. Shelters Accepting Pets:
Gallery Furniture, 6006 North Freeway, Houston, TX - FULL. Contact Information: 713-694-5570
Gallery Furniture, 7227 W. Grand Parkway South., Richmond, TX - FULL. Contact Information: 281-407-7161
Cinco Ranch High School (CRHS) 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Katy, TX 77494- OPEN
Cinco Ranch Junior High School, 23420 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Katy, TX 77494 - OPEN
Morton Ranch High School (MRHS) 21000 Franz Rd, Katy, TX 77449- OPEN
Sugar Land First United Methodist Church, 431 Eldridge Rd, Sugar Land, TX 77478 - FULL
Red Cross Shelter at George Junior High School- 4601 Airport Ave, Rosenberg, TX 77471 - FULL
Kempner High School, 14777 Voss Rd, Sugar Land, Tx- FULL Red Cross Shelter Fulsher High School, 9302 Bois D’Arc Lane, Fulsher, TX- OPENS AT NOON but expected to be at full capacity shortly after opening
Southwest Calvary Baptist Church, 12910 W. Bellfort Blvd, Houston, TX 77099
Opening as a Relief Center – They will provide food and shelter but they do not have showers.
Red Cross Shelter at Stafford High School – 1625 Staffordshire Rd. Stafford, TX – OPEN
Red Cross Shelter at George Ranch High School – 8181 FM 762 Rd, Richmond, TX – OPEN
Beyond Walls Outreach Center, 11214 Plainsfield St. Houston, TX- OPEN
St. Theresa Catholic Church, 705 St. Theresa Blvd. Sugarland, TX – OPEN
Please bring food, medicine, and crates for your pets.

Fort Bend County Pets - Fort Bend County Animal Services

Fort Worth - Hurricane Harvey
The Wilkerson-Greines Athletic Center at 5201 Ca Roberson Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76119 has been set up as a clearinghouse – meaning all evacuees arriving in Fort Worth will first go to the complex for processing and then be sent to other shelters in the area. The Wilkerson-Greines Center has 300 beds and there is space in Fort Worth to shelter another 750 people. Animal control will be on site at the Fort shelter since pets are being allowed to stay with evacuees.

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.

Houston - George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX 77010
The George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston is currently an Emergency Center for Hurricane Harvey. Pets are welcome and will be placed with their owners in a designated area.

Houston Area - Pet Friendly Shelters around the Houston Area
Shelters accepting pets:
Copperfield Church, 8350 Highway 6 North, Houston, TX - FULL
Gallery Furniture Grand Parkway, 7227 W. Grand Parkway South, Richmond, TX
St. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, 26777 Glen Loch Drive, The Woodlands, TX
Magnolia High School, 14350 FM 1488, Magnolia, TX
First Baptist Church, 401 Oxford St., Tomball, TX
College Park High School, 3701 College Park Drive, The Woodlands, TX
Church Project, 295 Sawdust Road, The Woodlands, TX
Living Stones Church, 1407 Victory Lane, Alvin, TX - FULL (crated pets only)
Spring High School, 19428 Interstate 45, Spring, TX
The Pathways Church, 20802 Rhodes Road, Spring, TX
Thurgood Marshall High School, 1220 Buffalo Run, Missouri City, TX - FULL (crated pets only)
Gallery Furniture, 6006 N. Freeway, Houston, TX
Cinco Ranch High School - FULL, 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy, TX
Morton Ranch High School, 21000 Franz Rd., Katy, TX - CLOSING
Sugar Land First United Methodist Church, 431 Eldridge Road, Sugar Land, TX
George Junior High School, 4601 Airport Ave., Rosenberg, TX
Kempner High School, 1477 Voss Road, Sugar Land, TX (crated pets only)
Alief Taylor High School, 7555 Howell Sugar Land Rd., Houston, TX (crated pets allowed)
City of Friendswood Activity Building, 416 Morningside Dr., Friendswood, TX
Angleton ISD, 1900 North Downing, Angleton, TX
Trinity Klein Lutheran Church, 5201 Spring Cypress Road, Spring, TX
Graceview Church, 25510 SH249, Tomball, TX
NRG Stadium, NRG Parkway, Houston, TX
Bring food for your pets.

Houston - NRG Center, 1 NRG Park, Houston, TX 77054
A shelter at NRG Center will open at 10 p.m. on 8/29. The shelter, which can hold up to 10,000 people and will be jointly run by the city and county, will be complete with a pharmacy, a children's center and an area for pets overseen by the City of Houston's animal shelter.

Katy/Katy Independent School District - Hurricane Harvey
Two Katy ISD schools that opened as shelters for flooding victims Monday have reached capacity, the district announced at 4:19 p.m.

Kerrville County - Hurricane Harvey
Self-evacuees with pets are encouraged to go to the Hill Country Youth Event Center, located at 3785 Highway 27 East in Kerrville. Each pet should arrive at the center with it's own kennel or cage, leash and water bowl.

Matagorda County - Hurricane Harvey - Displaced animals wait to be claimed
Abandoned or stray animals are being collected at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds' open arena either waiting for their owner to claim them or to go to a new home. Residents can call the county’s Animal Control Officer, Max Cruz, at 979-323-4593 to pick up stray animals they see. If you find an animal, you can bring it to the shelter at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds at 4511 Nichols Rd. in Bay City where they will receive food, water and medical care, if needed. County officials say the animals can and will be returned to their owners. More volunteers are also requested.

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.

Montgomery County Animal Shelter - Hurricane Harvey
The Montgomery County Animal Shelter has set up a Rescue and Reunite Center at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 9333 Airport Rd. in Conroe, TX.

Travis County/Austin - Hurricane Harvey
Shelter updates are available by calling 512-974-2000 or 3-1-1 in the local area. To locate shelters take Highway 183 Northbound and look for signs with current shelter information. For people with pets report to the shelter and arrangements for your pets will be made upon arrival.

Waco/Humane Society of Central Texas - Hurricane Harvey
The Humane Society of Central Texas , which is a sanctuary shelter, was on standby on Saturday morning for intake of pets in three counties in the path of Hurricane Harvey. They have 33 kennels available for pets that may be with evacuees but are not accepted at shelters. The Humane Society of Central Texas is located at 2032 Circle Road in Waco, ph. 254-754-1454.

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Vermont Emergency Management Agency - Evacuation and Pets

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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.

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Spokane
Humane Evacuation Animal Rescue Team (H.E.A.R.T) and the American Red Cross are working to provide shelter for owners and their animals. In the event of a disaster, owners and their animals will be provided shelter. All companion animals must have current license, vaccinations, ID and rabies tags. They will need to be confined to pet carriers or crates and be under control at the facility at ALL times.

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