More Shelter Info

STATE COUNTIES THAT OPEN TEMPORARY SHELTERS DURING EMERGENCY THREATS

Florida
Brevard

Brevard designates shelters as a weather event unfolds, including designating a pet-friendly shelter. Check the Brevard County Emergency Management Facebook page, website, or call (800)-955-8771 to find out the nearest pet-friendly shelter. Pets must have proper ID, including collar and rabies tag, a carrier/crate, leash, proof of residency in Brevard County, ample supply of food, water, and bowls, any necessary medications, and litter, newspapers or trash bags for clean-up. Also bring a photo of your pet and proof of county residency. Pets will be housed at the shelter but in a location separate from owners.

Broward

Broward designates shelters as a weather event unfolds, including designating pet-friendly shelters. For that information, call the Broward County Emergency Management Info Line at 954-831-4000. Pets must have proper ID, including collar and rabies tag, a carrier/crate, leash, ample supply of food, water, and bowls, any necessary medications, and litter, newspapers or trash bags for clean-up. Also bring a photo of your pet and proof of county residency. Pets will be housed at the shelter but in a location separate from owners.

http://www.broward.org/Hurricane/Pages/EvacuationShelterInformation.aspx

Clay

http://www.claycountygov.com/departments/animal-care-control/pet-friendly-shelter-registry

Allow dogs, cats, rodents (hamsters, gerbils, etc.), rabbits, birds; reptiles not allowed. Must have proof of vaccinations, have county license. Animals may be housed in a room separate from their owners.

904-284-7703

Duval

Pet-friendly shelters will be designated at the time of emergency. These shelters will accept dogs, cats, rodents (hamsters, gerbils, etc.), birds, and rabbit but not reptiles. For more information, call 904-630-2489.

http://www.coj.net/departments/fire-and-rescue/emergency-preparedness/be-jaxready/shelter-information/pet-friendly-shelters.aspx

Flagler

Flagler designates shelters as a weather event unfolds, including designating pet-friendly shelters. For that information, call the Flagler County Emergency Management at 386-313-4200. Pets must have proper ID, including collar and rabies tag, a carrier/crate, leash, ample supply of food, water, and bowls, any necessary medications, and litter, newspapers or trash bags for clean-up. Also bring a photo of your pet and proof of county residency. Dogs, cats, rodents (like hamsters, gerbils, etc.), birds, and rabbits are allowed; reptiles are prohibited.

Miami-Dade

Miami-Dade designates shelters as a weather event unfolds, including designating pet-friendly shelters. For that information, call the Flagler County Emergency Management at 386-313-4200. Pets must have proper ID, including collar and rabies tag (dogs must have visible Miami-Dade County license), a carrier/crate, leash, ample supply of food, water, and bowls, any necessary medications, and litter, newspapers or trash bags for clean-up. Also bring a photo of your pet and proof of county residency. Dogs, cats, rodents (like hamsters, gerbils, etc.), ferrets, birds, and rabbits (small one, 10 pounds and under) are allowed; reptiles are prohibited. There is a limit of four pets per household and one family member must stay on site with the pet(s).

http://www8.miamidade.gov/animals/disaster-preparedness.asp

Louisiana
Terrebonne Parish

http://www.tohsep.com/ShelterInfo.aspx

St. Bernard

https://sbpg.net/165/Homeland-Security-Emergency-Preparedness

504-278-4268

Lafourche

http://www.lafourchegov.org/departments/homeland-security-emergency-preparedness/hurricane-emergency-preparedness/shelters-of-last-resort

985-537-7603

Plaquemines Parish

In the event of a major storm, there will be no shelters open in the parish, as it is too dangerous to remain. For lesser storms, residents will be allowed to bring their pets but it must be crated and you must bring enough supplies to care for it for at least several days. To be apprised of which shelters are open, residents should register with the parish in advance; for more information, call 504-934-6690.

http://plaqueminesparish.com/shelters-transportation-special-needs/

St. Charles

http://www.stcharlesparish-la.gov/departments/animal-control/pet-evacuation-kit-and-advice

985-783-5010

Pet should have ID, license, and current rabies tag, collar, leash, carrier or crate, current vet records, food and water for at least seven days, and medications if necessary for two weeks.

St. James

http://www.stjamesla.com/186/Flood-Warnings-Shelters

225-562-2364

St. Mary

http://stmaryohsep.org/index.php/lepc/pick-up-points.html

337-828-4100 x 135

St. John the Baptist

http://sjbparish.com/pdfs/HurricaneBrochure.pdf

985-652-9569

Orleans

https://ready.nola.gov/plan/pet-owners/

Pet must have ID, rabies, and license tags. Must have leash, carrier, and any necessary medications. Pets 20 pounds or less can ride with owners in bus. Those larger will be taken to the Union Passenger Terminal by the LSPCA. Your pet will be taken to an animal shelter near where you are sheltered, and you will be able to care for your pet at the animal shelter.

Maryland
Baltimore

During an emergency the county may open a pet-friendly shelter for leashed or crated dogs, crated cats and other pets (excluding exotics) under 80 pounds. At such a site, pets will be located in their own area and owners will be able to visit and care for them. Each pet must have an ID, license, and rabies tag and immunization and medical records. Owner must supply at least three days worth of food and water, any necessary medications, sanitation supplies, and a photo of you and your pet. For information, call 410-887-5996.

https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/emergency_prep/petpreparedness.html

North Carolina
Charlotte-Mecklenburg

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 local news stations for information on the locations of evacuation shelters.

http://charlottenc.gov/AnimalsCMPD/PetSafety/Pages/Pet-Preparedness.aspx

South Carolina
Charleston

One shelter is selected to be pet friendly when the need arises (they are all located in North Charleston). Resident pet owners should call 843-746-3800 when there is an emergency to find out which one it is.

Williamsburg

Will designate one of their shelters as pet friendly at the time of the emergency. Check the website or call 843-354-9330.

Texas
Brazos

http://www.bcdem.org

979-821-1010

Cameron

http://www.co.cameron.tx.us/Hurricane%20Preparedness-Brochure-Bilingual-2018.pdf

956-547-7000

Chambers

http://www.co.chambers.tx.us/default.aspx?name=emergency_mgt

409-267-2400

Fort Bend

If you do not feel safe in your home, Fort Bend County OEM strongly encourages you to leave and evacuate to one of the shelter hub communities. There are plans in place to open shelters of last resort in Fort Bend County, mainly for individuals stranded on the evacuation routes. These shelters of last resort will not be announced until approximately 10 hours prior to expected tropical storm-force winds affecting the county. All persons who are utilizing a shelter of last resort are expected to bring their own food, water, blanket, and cots, since these shelters are for weathering the storm only. There are no guarantees that these shelters will be open in the County, so we again encourage you to evacuate if you require a safe place to weather the storm.

Virginia
Arlington

https://www.awla.org/services/disaster-preparedness/

Arlington County’s Department of Emergency Management and the Animal Welfare League of Arlington County have partnered in the purchase and management of a 20-foot-long trailer that will serve as a temporary pet-friendly shelter should the need arise. The League will tow the trailer to a given site and volunteers will operate it and care for the animals left with them. Call 703-931-9241 for more information.

STATE COUNTIES THAT DO NOT ALLOW PETS IN SHELTERS

Alabama

These AL counties that do not allow pets in emergency shelters:

Mobile

http://www.mcema.net/Emergency-Preparedness/Safe-Pets

Florida

These FL counties that do not allow pets in emergency shelters:

Alachua

http://www.alachuacounty.us/depts/em/pages/em.aspx

Columbia

http://em.columbiacountyfla.com/available-shelters

DeSoto

http://desotobocc.com/department/emergency_management/shelters

Hardee

http://www.hardeecounty.net/Site/content/eoc/shelters.htm

Walton

https://www.co.walton.fl.us/449/Emergencies-Storms

Washington

http://www.washingtonfl.com/?DivisionID=21213&DepartmentID=25361

Georgia

These GA counties that do not allow pets in emergency shelters:

Atlanta-Fulton County

Pets are not allowed in shelters but the Georgia Emergency Management Agency will partner with the Atlanta Humane Society as is needed to secure a pets’ only shelter that will be supervised by the AHS. During Hurricane Irma in 2017, pets were sheltered in a former Home Depot location and had separate sections for cats and dogs. In the event you need to evacuate, check with AHS, https://atlantahumane.org

Bryan

http://www.bryancountyga.org/government/departments-a-g/emergency-services/emergency-management/hurricane

Camden

Because Camden is a coastal county, it does not open any shelters during a hurricane as it wants its residents to get out of the county and harm’s way.

Chatham

Again, because Chatham is a coastal county, it does not open shelters during a hurricane as it wants its residents to get out the county and harm’s way.

https://www.chathamemergency.org/DOUBLE%20TAKING%20CARE%20OF%20PETS%20REVISION.pdf

Appling

http://applingema.com

Evans

https://evanscounty.org/departments/ema/

Mississippi

These MS counties that do not allow pets in emergency shelters:

Stone

http://www.stonecountygov.com/emergency-management

North Carolina

These NC counties that do not allow pets in emergency shelters:

Beaufort

https://co.beaufort.nc.us/departments/public-safety/emergency-services/emergency-management

Bladen

http://bladennc.govoffice3.com/index.asp?SEC=2888C1D7-185C-4701-BA8E-08B21932DEBE&Type=B_BASIC

Catawba

https://www.catawbacountync.gov/county-services/emergency-services/

Chowan

http://www.chowancounty-nc.gov/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={30DE37A2-4D75-4A23-83E4-476A5A715C92}&DE={BA44E73A-9C94-4A9B-8A59-8CCF1F1FB7E7}

Pitt

https://www.pittcountync.gov/182/Emergency-Management

Wake

http://www.wakegov.com/pets/health/safety/Pages/preparedness.aspx

Wayne

https://www.waynegov.com/312/Office-of-Emergency-Services

South Carolina

These SC counties do not allow pets in emergency shelters:

Aiken

https://www.aikencountysc.gov/DspSvc.php?qSvcID=41

Berkeley

http://gis.berkeleycountysc.gov/hurricane/FAMPLNX.HTML#pets

Beaufort

http://www.bcso.net/EMD/index.php

Colleton

http://www.colletoncounty.org/faqs-28

Horry

https://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/Emergency-Management/Hurricanes/Shelters

Spartanburg

http://www.scoem.org

Virginia

These VA counties that do not allow pets in emergency shelters:

King George

https://www.king-george.va.us/390/Emergency-Response-Actions

York

https://www.yorkcounty.gov/330/Evacuation-Information