September 28th, 2022
Our hearts are with all the people and animals impacted by Hurricane Ian. Here is a list of currently available animal emergency shelters and resources for evacuees in Florida.
Know of a resource or shelter to add to this list? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Please note that these resources have been gathered from public sources. If you are planning to shelter at one of these sites with your animals, please verify that it is open and accepting animals as conditions may have changed.
Pet-friendly lodging resources*:
*Contact these resources directly for current availability.
The Red Cross Emergency app can help keep you and your loved ones safe with real-time alerts, shelter locations and safety advice on wildfires. The Red Cross First Aid app provides instant access to information on handling the most common first aid emergencies. Download these apps for free by searching for “American Red Cross” in your app store or at redcross.org/apps.
For those evacuating pets, large and small, the American Red Cross recommends keeping current photos of you with your pet in the event the animal gets lost, and holding onto information about feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior issues and the name and number of a veterinarian.
Resources by state:
All Charlotte County shelters are pet-friendly:
You will need to bring supplies for each family member and pets. Be sure to bring:
Please keep in mind that the only pets allowed are dogs, cats, rodents (such as hamsters and gerbils), rabbits, and birds, and the ADA allows a miniature horse, as long as it provided a service connected to the owner’s disability.
The list of pet friendly shelters changes rapidly, so evacuees are encouraged to call the information help line at 239-252-8444 for the most up to date information.
Available as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, 9/28:
Please arrive at the shelters by 4 pm. Evacuees who need assistance with transportation to a shelter, to please contact (386) 313-4200, immediately.
Updates can be found on the Hernando County website. Currently available shelters are listed below. Animals will be housed in crates in a different location than where general population is located. Remember to bring a crate, vaccination records, collar with name and contact number, food and water:
For people using Special Needs shelters: ***If you are needing the Special Needs Shelter and have a pet, transportation from either your house or shelter location for your pet is done through Animal Control with Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. Please call Hernando County Public Information Center at 352-754-4083 to arrange pick up.***
Please visit the Hillsborough County website to check for updates on available shelter before finalizing your plans. Pet-Friendly shelters and instructions are listed below.
To shelter your pet in case of emergency you must bring:
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY
All Lee County shelters are pet-friendly. A list of currently available shelters from the Lee County website is below.
Please visit the Manatee County website to check for updates on available shelter before finalizing your plans. Pet-Friendly shelters and instructions are listed below.
All Monroe County shelters are pet-friendly.
Fivay, River Ridge, Sunlake, Wiregrass Ranch, and Fasano Regional Hurricane Center allow family pets. Learn what supplies you should bring with your pet: mypas.co/PetHurricanePrep
Please visit the Pinellas County website for a list of evacuation shelters. Pet-Friendly shelters and instructions are listed below.
All of Sarasota County’s general population evacuation centers are pet-friendly. A list is available on the Sarasota County website. Bring a crate for your pet if you plan to stay in a Sarasota County evacuation center. If your pet is not accustomed to being confined, acclimate it to the crate before an emergency to help alleviate stress.
What to bring for your pet to an Evacuation Center:
ST. JOHNS COUNTY
Emergency Management Citizen Information Line is now open for questions about the storm: 904-824-5550. Shelter updates can be found on the county website.
All shelters in Sumter County are pet-friendly; you will need to bring a crate or cage for your animal, bring food, leashes, supplies, etc. More information can be found on the county website:
Shelter updates can be found on the county website.
Campsites and cabins:
The Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter (401 Golden Isles Pkwy, Perry, GA 31069) is opening up to house about 250 horses being moved out of the path of Hurricane Ian.
SOUTHEASTERN SOUTH CAROLINA
(Last updated 9/29/22, 11:05 am Pacific)