PET FRIENDLY SHELTERS:
In a hurricane, pets are subjected to the same hazards as people and have many of the same needs. As with your own evacuation plans, the best plan for your pet is to identify a location out of the area that allows pets (e.g. a friend’s home or hotel). There are many websites that can help you locate hotels that accept pets, such as www.petswelcome.com. If that isn't available, you can bring your cat or dog to our Pet-Friendly Shelter. Pet-Friendly shelters will be open in every storm; locations may vary.
- Never leave your pets outside during a storm.
- Never leave a cat with a dog, even if the two are normally friends.
- Confine and keep small pets (birds, hamsters, etc.) away from cats and dogs.
- Dangerous animals should be secured in special crates or cages
At the Public Shelters...... It is first-come, first-served, and there is no pre-registration required. You must shelter at the school with your pet (in other words, you cannot drop your pet at the shelter and leave). Owners are responsible for feeding, exercising and cleaning up after their pets.
Your pet will need a Hurricane Disaster Kit (https://www.ready.gov/animals), too. Include water, non-perishable food, medications and clean-up supplies. You will need a crate or carrier, collar and leash, and up-to-date vaccination records for your pet. Having a recent photo of your pet will be helpful if you get separated.
Prepare a supply kit for your pets, including:
- Non-perishable food and water
- Sturdy cage or carrier to comfortably hold your pet
- Collar and leash
- Up-to-date vaccination records
- Keep several photos of your pet with you to help identify your pet if you become separated.
Place identification on your pet's collar and consider using a microchip to identify your pet. Microchipping will make it easier to locate your pet should you become separated during an emergency event.
All animal facilities in the path of a hurricane are subject to some degree of damage or flooding. Keep in mind boarding kennels may be without electricity or potable water and have limited personnel and supplies for days to weeks following a disaster.
If you have exotic pets, check with your veterinarian for suggestions on shelters for them.
If you plan and prepare early before hurricanes are threatening, you and your pets will be ready when the storms arrive.