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Pet Evacuation and Pet Friendly Emergency Shelters

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

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

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

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

Take Your Pets With You in an Emergency
Pets most likely cannot survive on their own; and if by some remote chance they do, you may not be able to find them when you return. Never leave a pet chained outdoors. If you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets; consider family or friends outside of your immediate area who would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency.

Be Prepared and Plan Ahead
The key to survival during a disaster, crisis or emergency is to be as prepared as possible before the storm hits. Take the time to make a plan and assemble an emergency kit for you and your pet and you will greatly increase your pet's chances of survival.

Local and state health and safety regulations do not permit the Red Cross to allow pets in disaster shelters. (Service animals are allowed in Red Cross shelters.). It may be difficult, if not impossible, to find shelter for your animals in the midst of a disaster, so plan ahead. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL DISASTER STRIKES TO DO YOUR RESEARCH.

* The best option is to get a friend or relative outside the evacuation area to take your pets, and preferably you, too. If that's not possible, locate a pet friendly hotel or motel on or one that waives animal prohibitions during evacuations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Alabama Pet Shelter Contacts and Locations
The state shelters will accept "any" animals, including snakes and unvaccinated animals. The state will provide the medical equipment and testing necessary to give rabies shots and will provide medication for any animals with a communicable disease. Owners will not be able to stay with their pets, although there will be some "limited" room elsewhere on the property for owners to stay. For more information on Alabama Regional Emergency Animal Shelters, call ADAI at 334.240.7278.
Animals are housed at the following facilities:
Houston County Farm Center, 1701 East Cottonwood Road, Dothan, AL (can house 400 domestic animals, 150 large animals).
Garrett Coliseum, 1555 Federal Drive, Montgomery, AL (can house 2,500-5,000 domestic animals, 700-900 large animals).

Baldwin County Emergency Management

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

Lee County Emergency Management

Mobile County Emergency Management

Mobile County - Mobile SPCA, Pets in Disaster
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 at the Mobile SPCA office. The "pet" shelter will be opened anytime a "people" shelter is opened. If you are staying in a "people" shelter, your pet will be able to ride out the storm in the "pet" shelter. Unless you are a Mobile SPCA volunteer, you cannot stay with your pet. If you are leaving the area, however, you must take your pet with you or make arrangements with a veterinarian or boarding facility. You can not leave your pet at the "pet" shelter if you are leaving town!

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


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


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

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

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

Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management - Pet Preparedness

Monterey County SPCA - 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.


Connecticut Emergency Animal Response Service - EARS

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


Delaware Emergency Management Agency


Florida Division of Emergency Management: Have a Pet Plan

Alachua County Emergency Management

Baker County Sheriff's Office

Bay County Emergency Services

Bradford County Emergency Management

Brevard County - Emergency Management Shelters
There are three types of evacuation shelters available to the public: Primary Evacuation Shelters, Special Needs Shelters, and Pet-Friendly Shelters. Pet-friendly shelters are designed to accommodate household pets. Owners are responsible for the feeding, care, clean-up, and behavior of their pets. Shelter openings are incident-specific. Never go to a shelter unless local officials have announced it is open.

Brevard County Emergency Management

Broward County Emergency Management

Calhoun County FL Emergency Management

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

Charlotte County Emergency Management

Citrus County Emergency Management
The pet friendly shelter will be located at the Lecanto Primary School, 3790 W Educational Path, Lecanto, FL 34461. Dogs (80 pounds or less), cats and birds are welcome. Caging is available for dogs and cats; however if you have an bird, you must provide caging. All animals must be up-to-date with their county license and rabies vaccination. DHPP is recommended for dogs and FVRCP for cats. You must bring this information with you. You can pre-register your pet(s) to stay at the shelter. Animal Control will be in charge of this shelter.

Clay County Emergency Management

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

Collier County Emergency Management

Columbia County Emergency Management

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

DeSoto County Emergency Management

Dixie County Emergency Services

Duval County/JaxReady

Escambia County Emergency Management

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

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

Flagler County Emergency Services

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

Franklin County Emergency Management

Gilchrist County Emergency Management

Glades County Emergency Management

Gulf County FL Emergency Management

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Division of Emergency Management

Hardee County Emergency Management

Hendry County Emergency Management

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

Hernando County Emergency Management

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

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

Holmes County Emergency Management

Indian River County Emergency Management

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

Jefferson County Emergency Management

Lake County - Shelter Information
All Lake County shelters are pet-friendly; all shelters accept pets with up-to-date rabies vaccinations. Pets brought to the shelters must be crated, and owners must bring the required paperwork, along with food and water for their pets. There are nine primary shelters in Lake County, and additional safe shelters are available if necessary. In most circumstances, the primary shelters open first.

Lake County Emergency Management

Lee County Emergency Management

Leon County Emergency Information

Levy County Emergency Management

Liberty County Emergency Management

Madison County Emergency Management

Manatee County Emergency Management

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

Marion County Sheriff's Office

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

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

Miami-Dade Country - Pet Preparedness
Pet owners residing in qualified evacuation zones, unsafe structures or mobile homes can participate in the Pet-Friendly Evacuation Centers (PEC). Pet friendly evacuation centers accept more than just cats and dogs. They also accept birds, ferrets, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats and rabbits (small-sized, under 10 pounds, such as California or Dutch breeds). Evacuation centers will be announced as needed.

Miami-Dade County Emergency Management

Monroe County (Florida Keys) - Pets at Hurricane Shelters
No shelters will be open anywhere in the Florida Keys for a Category 3-5 hurricane. Main shelter: Monroe County residents and their pets can seek public shelter at the E Darwin Fuchs Pavilion located at the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition, 10901 SW 24th St., Miami, FL 33165. Pet-Friendly shelters for Category 1-2 hurricane are located at: Key West High School, 2100 Flagler Ave.; Sugarloaf School, 225 Crane Boulevard; Coral Shores High School, 89591 O/S Highway, MM89.9; and Marathon High School, 350 Sombrero Rd. Pets accepted at pet-friendly shelters are: Dogs; Cats; Gerbils, hamsters, mice, and rats; Guinea pigs and small rabbits (small sized, under 10 pounds); Ferrets; and Birds.

Monroe County Emergency Management

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

Nassau County Emergency Management

Okeechobee County Emergency Management

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

Orange County, Florida Government

Osceola County - Pet Friendly Shelters
Osceola County Emergency Management in partnership with Osceola Animal Services, the American Red Cross, and the School District of Osceola County offers pet friendly sheltering. Only certain shelter facilities are designated as "pet friendly". As with all shelters, specific locations are announced prior to an event. However, in an effort to better help our citizen's plan and prepare for an emergency, the 3 "pet friendly" shelters are: Harmony High School, 3601 Arthur J Gallagher Blvd., St. Cloud, FL 34771; Kissimmee Middle School, 2410 Dyer Blvd., Kissimmee, FL; and Liberty High School, 4250 Pleasant Hill Rd., Kissimmee, FL 34746. Emergency managers will still determine resource requirements based on the actual threat. If you intend to evacuate during a hurricane or other situation, please contact the Office of Emergency Management for specific details regarding pet friendly shelters at (407) 742-9000.

Osceola County Office of Emergency Management.

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

Palm Beach County Emergency Management

Pasco County FL Government

Pasco County - Evacuation Zones & Shelters

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

Pinellas County Government

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

Polk County Emergency Management

Santa Rosa County Emergency Management

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

Sarasota County Emergency Services

Seminole County - Shelter Information
Seminole County provides two (2) different types of evacuation shelters – general population and medically enhanced (special needs). A “pet-friendly” designation is provided to specific shelters which are equipped to allow animals at the facility.

Seminole County FL Emergency Management

St. Johns County - Pet Shelters
St. Johns County has two pet friendly shelters: South Woods Elementary School, 4750 SR-206 West, Elkton; and Timberlin Creek Elementary School, 555 Pine Tree Lane, St Augustine. Pre-registration is not required to go to a Public Pet Friendly Shelter. You only need to register if you need transportation assistance during an evacuation. Pet owners are required to shelter with their pets and care for them. You may not drop off your pets and leave. Farm animals and exotics (primates, snakes, spiders, insects, etc.) are not permitted at Pet Friendly Shelters.

St. Johns County Emergency Management

Suwannee County Sheriff's Office, Division of Emergency Management

Taylor County Sheriff's Office, Division of Emergency Management

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

Volusia County - Pet Planning
The members of Volusia Animal Prepardness are working to provide shelter for owners and their animals. In the event of a disaster, owners and their animals will be provided shelter at the Volusia County Fairgrounds on S.R. 44, one-quarter mile east of I-4, or other Volusia County designated pet friendly shelters. All companion animals must have a current license, vaccinations, identification and rabies tags. They must be confined in pet carriers or crates and must be under control at the facility at all times. Some shelters in Volusia County have been designated “pet friendly.” Pet friendly means the owners and their animals can stay at the same shelter, but will be housed separately.

Volusia County Emergency Management

Walton County Emergency Management

Washington County FL Emergency Management


Georgia Emergency Management

Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency

Bryan County Emergency Services

Camden County Emergency Management

Chatham County Emergency Management

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

Glynn County Emergency Management

Jones County Emergency Management

McIntosh County Emergency Management


Hawaii - Disaster Readiness
The State of Hawaii’s Civil Defense program in partnership with island humane societies has developed a list of designated shelters that will welcome pets. Animals will not be admitted to a pet-friendly emergency shelter without a crate or carrier that’s large enough to accommodate the pet comfortably. Pets need an ID tag, collar and a leash, as well as a week supply of the following: food, medications and litter for cats. Pet shelters are in separate rooms or buildings on public school campuses where emergency shelters for people are. The animals will be cared for by Humane Society volunteers. In the event of a disaster, listen to radio and television broadcasts to find out if your nearest shelter will be open. Depending on the nature of the emergency, not all shelters may open.

Kauai - Emergency Preparedness for Pets
The Kauai Humane Society provides a pets only evacuation shelter for dogs, cats and small animals. There are requirements for each pet and space is limited. Public emergency sheltering services are available on a first come, first serve basis; no reservations are taken. The following locations also offer human and pet emergency sheltering in the event of a disaster: Waimea High School, Waimea Canyon School, Ele`lee School, Kalaheo School, Kauai High School, Kapaa High School, Kapaa Middle School.


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


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

Louisiana Animal Evacuation
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry is the lead agency charged with the evacuation and sheltering of household pets during a declared disaster in Louisiana. Parish governments and animal/pet facilities must file an emergency plan with the local parish office of emergency preparedness and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry by March 1st on an annual basis.

Louisiana State Animal Response Team
For people who do not have any transportation during an evacuation event, Parish OEP will be setting up Parish Pick-Up points for assisted transportation and there may be transportation available there for the pets of those families seeking evacuation assistance but NOT for self-evacuators.

Humane Society of Louisiana: Hurricane Preparedness Guidelines

Lafourche Parish Government

New Orleans - NOLA Ready

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

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

Plaquemines Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

St. Bernard Parish Government

St. Landry Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

Terrebone Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness


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


Maryland Emergency Management

Baltimore County - Emergency Preparedness for Pets
During a large-scale disaster, Baltimore County does not have the resources to care for thousands of animals. During certain small-scale emergencies, Baltimore County emergency managers may open a "pet-friendly" shelter for leashed or crated dogs, cats and other pets (excluding exotic pets) weighing less than 80 pounds. Animals housed at county-run shelters are not allowed to intermingle with human evacuees in order to protect citizens with pet allergies or a fear of animals. They will be housed elsewhere on site, and pet owners will be able to visit and care for them.

Prince George's County Office of Emergency Management

Talbot County - Pets Plan
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.


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

Barnstable County - Emergency Preparedness
Red Cross people shelters cannot accept pets (though service animals are always welcome). The Cape Cod and the Islands Chapter has taken part in a dialogue with local emergency managers and encouraged them to establish rooms or areas in the facilities which house both Red Cross shelters and where pet owners and their pets can stay separately. These pet- friendly facilities are located alongside, but are not under the control of Red Cross shelters. A key element of the full-service regional shelter includes being able to provide shelter for pets, which is organized by the Cape Cod Disaster Animal Response Team (CCDART). Currently three out of the six regional shelters can accommodate pets but the plan calls for all six shelters to have this capability. At the present time, emergency animal care during a declared emergency/disaster will be limited to three proposed Regional shelters with animal care components:
Dennis-Yarmouth High School, 210 Station Ave, South Yarmouth, MA 02664
Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, 351 Pleasant Lake Ave, Harwich, MA 02645
Oak Ridge School, 260 Quaker Meeting House Rd, East Sandwich, MA 02537
Animals admitted to these shelters will be limited to dogs, cats, ferrets and other small mammals (gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, mice, rabbits, potbelly pigs) brought to the shelters by owners or rescuers. Birds, reptiles, fish, arachnids, wild or feral animals, endangered or threatened species, and exotic pets are excluded. Other animal care shelters will be staffed as locations become available.

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

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

Palmer, Town of - Emergency Shelter Information
The primary emergency shelter for the Town of Palmer is located at the Converse Middle School, 24 Converse Street, Palmer, MA 01069. Pets should not be brought in until the evacuee is registered. Animals, other than service animals, will be placed in an alternate location, not in evacuees areas. All animals, other than service animals, shall be caged.


Mississippi Emergency Management

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

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

Hancock County MS Emergency Operations

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


Montana Disaster and Emergency Services

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Nassau County - Pet Shelters
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
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 - Pet Friendly Shelter
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.


North Carolina Emergency Management

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

Beaufort County NC Emergency Services

Bertie County Emergency Services

Bladen County Emergency Services

Brunswick County - Pet Shelter
West Brunswick High School, 550 Whiteville Rd., Shallotte, NC is a Co-Location where you can seek shelter with your pets. You and your pet will be housed in separate locations of the shelter.

Brunswick County Emergency Services

Carteret County - Pet Shelter
Carteret County operates the shelters as a short term location for residents to go to escape the effects of a hurricane. Persons with small domesticated pets can shelter with their pet at the Newport Middle School, 500 E. Chatham Street, Newport, NC 28577. Companion Hurricane Shelter pet area manned by PAWS (Pet Adoption & Welfare Society of Carteret) Volunteers. You can pre-register you and your pets. Pre-register your pet online.

Carteret County Emergency Services

Catawba County Emergency Services

Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Emergency Management

Charlotte-Mecklenburg County - Pet Preparedness
Animal Care & Control works with Emergency Management and American Red Cross to ensure that emergency sheltering for pets is available for anyone who needs to evacuate their home. AC&C may set up temporary pet shelters at various Red Cross Evacuation Shelters to house pets. In the event that an Evacuation Shelter closes before an owner can find permanent housing for the pet, Animal Care & Control will make every effort to accommodate the pet at their facility at 8315 Byrum Drive Charlotte, NC until permanent housing is found. The Disaster Boarding Agreement states that Animal Care & Control will provide housing for a pet for up to 6 weeks.

Chatham County Emergency Management

Chowan County - Disaster Information
Pets are not allowed in shelters (however, Chowan County may have a pet shelter available, check local resources for information or the Animal Control Department).

Cumberland County NC Emergency Services

Currituck County Government

Duplin County Emergency Management

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

Greene County Emergency Services

Hertford County - Pet Shelter Hertford County High School, 1326 W First Street, Ahoskie, NC 2791, is designated as a pet friendly shelter.

Hyde County Emergency Services

Johnston County Emergency Services

Lee County NC Emergency Services

Lenoir County Emergency Services

Martin County Central E911 Emergency Communications Center

Nash County Emergency Management

New Hanover County - Pet Shelter
New Hanover County Animal Control Services will shelter your pet at no cost. Noble Middle School, 6520 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 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.

New Hanover County Emergency Management

Onslow County - Pet Friendly Shelter
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 Emergency Services

Orange County Government

Pamlico County Emergency Management

Pender County - Pet Friendly Shelter
There is a pet-friendly shelter at Burgaw Middle School, 500 Wright Street, Burgaw, NC 28425. Pets will be housed at this shelter but in a location separate from the owners.

Pender County Emergency Management

Pitt County Emergency Management

Wake County - Emergency Preparedness
Public shelters for people will not accept pets. A written disaster plan will help you and your pets survive. If you plan to shelter your pets at a kennel or clinic, call before evacuating to determine if space is available. Some kennels will accept reservations early with prepaid fees.

Wake County Government

Washington County NC

Winston-Salem and Forsyth County - Pets in Disaster Information
Three Red Cross shelters in Forsyth County have been designated as pet friendly shelters where pets and their owners may reside in the same building–but not the same room. These may not be open for each disaster; therefore, you should make arrangements for your pet(s) before disaster strikes.


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


Josephine County - Pet & Livestock Preparedness

Josephine County Emergency Preparedness


South Carolina Emergency Management

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

Aiken County Department of Emergency Services

Charleston County Emergency Management

Charleston County Animal Society - Disaster Preparedness

Dorchester County Emergency Management

Georgetown County Emergency Management

Horry County Emergency Management

Horry County - Pet Preparedness and Equine Emergency Evacuation Sites

Marlboro County Emergency Management

Orangeburg County Emergency Operations Center

Spartanburg County Emergency Management


Brazoria County Emergency Services

Calhoun County Texas Emergency Management

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

Wharton County Emergency Management


Virginia Department of Emergency Management

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 - Disaster Preparedness
The Animal Welfare League of Arlington and Arlington County’s Office of Emergency Management have included pets in their disaster plans with a 20-foot long trailer, stocked with everything needed to set up a temporary pet-friendly shelter in the event of an emergency, including animal crates, food and water dishes, litter pans, identification bands, pet food, and cleaning supplies. In the event of an emergency, the Office of Emergency Management will call upon the League to set up a temporary shelter at a selected location. The League will tow the trailer to the chosen site and League staff and volunteers will set up and operate the shelter. Residents who need to evacuate will not have to leave their pets behind.

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

Gloucester County Emergency Management

Hampton - Pet Friendly Shelter
Bethel High School, 1067 Big Bethel Rd, Hampton, VA 23666, is the designated pet-friendly shelter. Other shelters are not equipped or staffed for pet sheltering.

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

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

Virginia Beach - Emergency Preparedness


Spokane County Emergency Management - Pet Preparedness

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