Planning for your pets is important too
"Don't leave your pet and don't use your pet as an excuse not to evacuate.
Don't put yourself, your family and your pet at risk! You are responsible for your pet."
- Sarasota County Emergency Services Hurricane Guide
If you are ordered to evacuate due to a hurricane or man-made disaster, take your Pet Survival Kit when you go to a friend or relative's house, or a hotel. Unless there are pet-friendly shelters in your county, shelters cannot accept pets. As a pet owner, you must plan ahead.
For a list of pet-friendly shelters in you area, click on your county below.
If your county is not listed above, visit floridapets.net to find a pet-friendly shelter in your area.
If your hurricane preparation and evacuation plan is to go to a hotel or motel, plan in advance! Go online to find pet friendly lodging at one of these great sites:
After the storm has passed, be careful in allowing your pet outdoors. Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and your pet could easily be confused and become lost. Downed power lines, other animals and insects brought in with high water could present real dangers to your pet. Take care not to allow your pet to consume food or water which may have been contaminated. Nearly 80 percent of pets displaced by a storm are never reunited with their owners.
If you would like to have more information on how to prepare for a hurricane or other disasters, please visit one of the county government websites listed below:
Traveling with your pets, weather it is to evacuate due to an approaching storm or for leisure, is easier if you plan ahead. This website has a great guide to help you prepare for the journey: The Ultimate Guide to Traveling with Pets.