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September 6, 2017
Resources for Hurricane Irma pet owners

RedRover Responders stands at the ready to provide animal emergency sheltering assistance for animals displaced by Hurricane Irma. To stay up-to-date on the latest news about our work, sign up to receive email updates from RedRover.

Know of a resource or shelter to add to this list? Email us!

*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:

Veterinary care:

Click here for multi-state resources for Hurricane Irma Pet-Friendly Shelters (American Kennel Club)


Resources for pet owners

Pet friendly shelters

According to CBS Miami: If you plan to use a shelter, you must register ahead of time. Once the storm is approaching, registrations will cease.

From Florida Keys SPCA:

The Florida Keys SPCA is evacuating the animals to foster homes from the Key West and Marathon locations. If you are able to take one animal and keep it safe until Irma passes, please contact the Key West shelter at 305-294-4857 or Marathon at 305-743-4800. The FKSPCA will provide all the supplies. All you need to provide is love and safety until after the storm.  Also, please make sure your own pets are safe! If you evacuate take them with you. Cats, birds, rabbits, reptiles, dogs, small animals….make sure to include them in your supply needs and make sure they have identification on them. (Source:

Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade County has two pet-friendly shelters, according to CBS Miami:

  • Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition grounds (10901 SW 24th Street)
  • Doctor Michael Krop Senior High (1410 NE 215th St.)

If you live in Miami-Dade and want to take your animals to a pet friendly shelter you are encouraged to pre -register online at or call 786-331-5354. (Source: CBS Miami)

Broward County

You can register your pet at the Humane Society on Griffin Road in Dania Beach to register.There you will be given a registration packet asking you to provide a photo of your pet, current rabies certificate and utility bills as proof of residency. You can also call their pet hurricane hotline at 954.266.6871. (Source: CBS Miami)

Monroe County

  • A pet-friendly shelter is located at E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion (10901 SW 24th Street), but due to the city declaring mandatory evacuations, the shelter will not be available.

Owners are responsible for walking and feeding their pet(s). Your pet has to be licensed with current rabies vaccination and you must present proof of residency to be allowed at the shelter. You should also have a photo of each of your pets, your veterinarians contact info and an emergency contact person. (Source: CBS Miami)

Monroe County animal shelters are pet friendly and open during a Category 1 or 2.hurricane, but will evacuate in the event a Category 3 or higher storm is anticipated. You need to pre register your pets. You can register online here: or stop by the Monroe County Emergency Management Center, or our Marathon or Key West Campus’s for a Hurricane Pet Friendly guide.

“Monroe County could issue a mandatory tourist evacuation for Wednesday morning and a (mandatory) resident evacuation for Thursday morning.”

This from Monroe County (Florida Keys) Emergency Operations:  “People with special needs may bring their pets when they evacuate. Pets must be registered. If it is necessary to evacuate to the out-of-county special needs shelter at Florida International University in Miami, pets will be taken to a separate shelter with 24/7 care.”  If your pet can be microchipped, but has not at this point, we urge you to do that today. (Source:

Tampa Bay Area

Most Tampa Bay Area counties have shelters designated as pet-friendly. Space, however, is limited and some counties require pet owners to pre-register their pets. Emergency planners say shelters should be a last resort. They suggest asking damily or friends in non-evacuation zones to keep your pets or arrange with a local veterinarian or pet groomer about boarding pets.

If you plan to bring your pet to a pet-friendly shelter, you must meet certain requirements. Owners must supply proof of any required vaccinations and show that their pets are licensed. Owners must also supply their own pet food, and pets must be crated. Emergency planners suggest bringing pet toys and any other comfort items as well. A leash is required anytime pets are not crated. (Source: Fox 13)

Hillsborough County

There are four pet-friendly shelters in Hillsborough County. Space is limited, so officials say plan ahead, and bring proof of vaccinations and registration. The shelters are located at:

  • Burnett Middle School at 1010 N. Kingsway Road in Seffner
  • Sgt. Smith Middle School at 14303 Citrus Pointe Drive in Tampa
  • Bartels Middle School at 9020 Imperial Oak Blvd in Tampa
  • Shields Middle School at 15732 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin

Pinellas County

Pet owners must pre-register to use one of the three pet-friendly shelters offered in Pinellas County. Space is limited and first priority is given to mobile home residents. The shelters are located at:

  • Oak Grove Middle School at 1370 S. Belcher Road in Clearwater
  • John Hopkins Middle School at 701 16th Street S. in St. Petersburg
  • Dunedin Middle School at 70 Patricia Ave. in Dunedin

Pasco County

The Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter is the only pet-friendly shelter designated for Pasco County.  There is a two pet limit and proof of vaccines is required. The shelter is located at 11611 Denton Ave. in Hudson.

Sarasota County

There are six dog and cat-friendly shelters in Sarasota County, located at:

  • Brookside Middle School at 3636 S. Shade Ave. in Sarasota
  • Riverview High School at 1 Ram Way in Sarasota
  • Pine View School at 501 Old Venice Rd. in Osprey
  • North Port High School at 6400 W. Price Blvd in North Port
  • Heron Creek Middle School at 6501 W. Price Blvd in North Port
  • Woodland Middle School AT 2700 Panacea Blvd. in North Port

Hernando County

  • D.S. Parrott Middle School, located at 19220 Youth Drive in Brooksville, is the only designated pet-friendly shelter for Hernando County.

Citrus County

  • Pet owners in Citrus County can shelter with their pets at Lecanto Primary School, located at 3790 West Educational Path, Lecanto

Hardee County

Hardee County does not currently have a pet-friendly shelter.  Pet owners are advised to contact your local veterinarian or groomer for possible boarding locations.

Manatee County

Pet-friendly shelters:

  • Braden River High, located at 6545 SR 70 East, Bradenton
  • Manatee High School, located at 1000 32nd Street West, Bradenton
  • Mills Elementary School, located at 7200 69th Street East, Palmetto

For a full list of shelters and pet shelter requirements, visit

Social media

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(Last updated 9/7/17 at 3:00 p.m. Pacific)

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