RedRover Responders stands at the ready to provide animal emergency sheltering assistance for animals displaced by Hurricane Florence. Here is a list of currently available animal emergency shelters and resources.

Know of a resource or shelter to add to this list? Email us at info@redrover.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:

Veterinary care:

Please note: Pet owners should bring the appropriate pet supplies such as a crate, litter box, food, medications, collar, leash, medical records, water/food bowls, a photo of you and your pet for identification, and bedding.

Emergency shelters that allow pets aren’t the only option. Some veterinarians may board the animals or they can stay with you at a pet-friendly hotel.

When it comes to hotels, you may have heard the rumor that by law, they must accommodate your pets. That is false. The FEMA website reports, “there are reports all emergency shelters and hotels are required to accommodate pets for people who have evacuated. This is FALSE. The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act (Pub. L. 109-308 (2006)) requires all state, local, tribal, and territorial governments that receive FEMA assistance to make plans to accommodate household pets and service animals during emergencies.”

SOUTH CAROLINA

Resources for pet owners

*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. Sources: https://scemd.org/stay-informed/emergency-shelters, http://www.georgetowncountysc.org/

Pet friendly shelters

  • Blenheim Elementary/Middle School, 143 Highland Street, Blenheim, SC 29516
  • Cane Bay High School, 1624 State Road, Summerville, SC
  • Dubose Middle School, 1005 Dubose School Road, Summerville, SC 29483. Citizens must stay with their pets during their time at the shelter. Pet owners are NOT allowed to drop-off their pets at the shelters. At Dubose Middle School, the shelter will only accept crated, small, domesticated animals. At least one family member must remain on premise. Residents who would like to utilize the pet shelter will be responsible for bringing all pet supplies including, but not limited to a leash, vaccination records, pet food, water and food bowls, a sheet or blanket to cover kennel, litter and litter box, medication (if needed), training pads for kennel.
  • Georgetown County:
    • Georgetown High School, 2500 Anthuan Maybank Drive, Georgetown
    • Waccamaw Middle School, 247 Wildcat Way, Pawleys Island
      • Pets must be crated to be admitted. This goes for dogs, cats and any other animals brought in.
      • Pets must be attended at all times by the person(s) bringing them in. That person will be responsible for all the pet’s care, including feeding, walking, etc.
      • People should bring food, medication and any other items pets will need while being sheltered.
  • Lake Marion High School, 3656 Tee Vee Road, Santee, SC 29142 – call ahead so accommodations can be made (803) 854-9213

NORTH CAROLINA

Resources for pet owners

*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. Sources: https://www.ncdps.gov/florence#shelters, ABC11, American Kennel Club.

Pet friendly shelters

  • Alamance County: Lamb’s Chapel Shelter, 415 Roxboro Rd., Haw River. Those seeking emergency shelter should bring their own blankets/pillows, prescription medication, special dietary foods or supplements, contact information, and other necessary items. No alcohol, illegal drugs, or weapons are permitted. As a reminder, The Lamb’s Chapel Shelter is not pet friendly, but residents can bring pets, and they will be transported to the Burlington Animal Shelter where they will be taken care of during the storm.
  • Beaufort County: Beaufort County Animal Control, 3931 US 264 East, Washington, NC 27889 (open only for pets belonging to individuals sheltering in Beaufort County shelters).
  • Bladen County: West Bladen High (Medical Needs and pet friendly); 1600 NC 410 Hwy., Bladenboro, NC 28320
  • Brunswick County:
    • West Brunswick High School – FULL
    • North Brunswick High School, 114 Scorpion Drive, Leland
    • South Brunswick High School, 100 Cougar Road, Boiling Spring Lakes
  • Carteret County: Newport Middle School, 500 East Chatham Street, Newport, NC 28570
  • Chatham County:
    • Chatham Middle School, 2025 S 2nd Avenue Ext., Siler City, NC 27344. Opens Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.
    • Northwood High, 310 Northwood High School Rd, Pittboro 27312
  • Chowan County: Chowan Middle School, 2845 Virginia Road, Tyner, NC 27980
  • Columbus County: Edgewood Elementary School, 317 E. Calhoun St., Whiteville, NC 28472
  • Craven County: Benn Quinn Elementary School, 4275 Martin Luther King Blvd. New Bern, NC 28562
  • Cumberland County:
    • Pine Forest High School, 525 Andrews Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28311
    • Smith Recreation Center, 1520 Slater Ave., Fayetteville, NC 28301
    • Southview High School, 4184 Elk Rd, Hope Mills, NC 28348
  • Currituck County: Kirkwood Adams Community center, 1100 Hamilton Street, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870. Dogs and cats only. Pets will be kept in a separate area, with crates provided for the animals. Owners will have to care for their animals and must bring food, blankets, and any other pet needs.
  • Duplin County: James Kenan High School, 1241 NC 24 &50 Hwy., Warsaw, NC 28398
  • Durham County: Hillside High School, 3727 Fayetteville Rd, Durham. Bring vaccination records, carriers, leashes, medications, and food.
  • Gates County: Gates County High School, 88 US Highway 158 West, Gatesville, NC 27938
  • Halifax County: The Centre at Halifax Community College, 100 College Drive, Weldon. This is a pet-friendly shelter and is only for pets whose owners will need to stay at the shelter. Pets that are accepted are dogs, cats, and caged birds. Residents who bring their pets to this shelter will be responsible for feeding, walking and bathroom breaks.
  • Hanover County: Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School, 2600 Rock Quarry Rd, Raleigh, NC 27610, is a pet co-location facility and will accept cats and dogs (no exotic animals). Pet owners should bring their dog or cat in crates, along with pet food.
  • Harnett County: Triton High School, 215 Maynard Lake Road, Erwin, NC 28339. Make sure you have prepared for any special dietary needs or medications for your pets. Opening Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.
  • Hertford County: Hertford County High School, 1326 1st St. West, Ahoskie, NC 27910
  • Hoke County: Don Steed Elementary, 800 Phillipi Church Rd., Raeford, NC 28376. Cats and Dogs only. Owners will be allowed to access their pets to feed, clean, water and exercise. You must feed, water, and care for your own pets while sheltered (food will be provided). Please provide leashes, any medications, and any other items your pet requires.
  • Hyde County: No shelters are open in this county due to the mandatory evacuation order. People evacuating from this area are encouraged to seek shelter at Knightdale High School (100 Bryan Chalk Lane, Knightdale, NC).
  • Johnston County:
    • North Johnston Middle School, 435 Oil Company Rd., Micro, NC 27555
    • West Johnston High School, 3935 Raleigh Rd., Benson, NC 27504. Pets can’t roam free.
  • Lee County: SanLee Middle School, 2309 Tramway Road, Sanford, NC
  • Lenoir County: Lenoir County Community College, 231 Hwy 58
  • Martin County: Martin Community College horse arena (pet owners will need to bring proof of current rabies vaccinations and pet food), 1161 Kehukee Park Rd, Williamston, NC
  • Mecklenburg County:
    • Ardrey Kell High School, 10220 Ardrey Kell, Charlotte, North Carolina 28277
    • East Mecklenburg High School, 6800 Monroe Road, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28212
    • Olympic High School, 4301 Sandy Porter Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28273
  • Nash County: Nash Central High School Pet friendly; 4279 Nash Central High Rd.,Rocky Mount, NC 27804.
  • Northampton County: Northampton Cultural and Wellness Center, 9536 NC 305 Highway, Jackson, NC 27845
  • Onslow County: The nearest pet-friendly shelter is located in Jacksonville at Jacksonville Commons Middle School (315 Commons Drive South, Jacksonville, NC).
  • Orange County:
    • Smith Middle School, 9201 Seawell School Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    • CW Stanford Middle School, 308 Orange High School Road, Hillsborough.
      • Service animals for the hearing and visually impaired will be allowed in the shelter. A rabies vaccination for dogs, cats, and ferrets is required. Please bring your pet’s full vaccination record and a photo of yourself with your pet. If possible, please also bring a three-day supply of your pet’s food.
  • Pamlico County: Pamlico Community College (pets with current proof of rabies vaccinations only), 5049 Nc 306 Hwy, Grantsboro, NC.
  • Pender County: Burgaw Middle School, 500 S Wright St., Burgaw, NC 28425.
  • Person County: Clement Baptist Church, 8480 Burlington Road, Hurdle Mills, NC 27541
  • Wake County:
    • Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road, Wake Forest
    • Knightdale High School, 100 Bryan Chalk Lane, Knightdale, NC 27545. All residents must show a valid ID with a Dare County address for entry. While in the shelter, owners are responsible for the feeding, care, clean-up, and behavior of their pets. All pet-friendly shelters require vaccination records for each pet. – FULL
    • Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School, 2600 Rock Quarry Road – FULL
    • Wake County residents who have non-emergency questions should contact officials at (919) 856-7044.

GEORGIA

Resources for pet owners

*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. Source: BringFido.com.

Pet friendly shelters

  • Contact Mark Murrah for updated shelter info: (404) 656-4914 / mark.murrah@agr.georgia.gov.
    As Georgia has limited information online about local pet-friendly shelters, contact Mark Murrah for updated information on shelters being set up depending on severity of the storm.
  • Pet friendly sheltering is now available at Georgia State Parks, where “dry camping” will be available free of charge. Evacuees are encouraged to contact park offices directly for assistance. A map of all Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites Division – Georgia DNR is available at https://gastateparks.org/Map
  • Atlanta Motor Speedway is opening its camping facilities to evacuees seeking refuge from Hurricane Florence. After an overwhelming response in 2017 when the Speedway hosted more than 100 campers during Hurricane Irma, a limited number of camping spaces with water, power and sewer have been made available for a nominal fee of $20 per night in the Premier Campground. Dry camping is free.
    1500 Tara Pl, Hampton, GA 30228
    (770) 946-4211
    http://www.atlantamotorspeedway.com

VIRGINIA

Resources for pet owners

*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. Source: American Kennel Club.

Pet friendly shelters

  • Chesapeake: Indian River Community Center (PET-ONLY shelter. Owners must be staying at the shelter across the street), 2250 Old Greenbrier Rd, Chesapeake, VA
  • Gloucestor: Peasley Middle School (pets allowed as long as space is available, opening Sept. 13 at 6 a.m.), 2885 Hickory Fork Road, Gloucester, VA
  • Hampton: Bethel High School (opening Sept. 11 at 11 a.m.), 1067 Big Bethel Rd, Hampton, VA
  • Newport News:
    • Warwick High School, 51 Copeland Ln, Newport News, VA 23601. Dogs and cats only. Pet owners should bring the appropriate pet supplies such as a crate, litter box, food, medications, collar, leash, medical records, water/food bowls, a photo of you and your pet for identification, and bedding. Owners must remain at the shelter with their pets (no drop-offs). Animals must be in cages.
  • Norfolk:
    • Bayview Rec Center, 8613 Willow Terrace, Norfolk, VA 23503 (Domestic animals only will be allowed, such as dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, rodents, or turtles. All pets must be able to travel in commercial carriers, and be housed in temporary facilities).
    • Berkley Community Center, 121 W Liberty St, Norfolk, VA 23523 (Domestic animals only will be allowed, such as dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, rodents, or turtles. All pets must be able to travel in commercial carriers, and be housed in temporary facilities).
  • Portsmouth:
    • Churchland Middle School, 4051 River Shore Rd, Portsmouth, VA 23703. Cats and dogs are welcome, but are limited to animals per household.
  • Suffolk: Nansemond River High School3301 Nansemond Pkwy, Suffolk, VA
  • Virginia Beach:
    • Virginia Beach residents who are relocating to a shelter can take their dog or cat for boarding to Landstown Elementary School, 2212 Recreation Drive – beginning Thursday, 9/13 at 8 a.m. Animal Care and Adoption Center employees will staff the shelter. Must bring ID with proof of address to utilize shelter. Owners will be required to sign liability waiver upon entry. Cats must arrive in a carrier/enclosure and dogs must be securely on a leash. Dog crates and appropriate cat housing will be available on-site or bring your own. Bring medications, food, bedding/toys.
      Aggressive animals and those with known medical issues above the capabilities of the emergency shelter will not be accepted. Animals with known contagious diseases will also not be accepted. Owners must return to retrieve their pets within 12 hours of the closing of the shelters for humans. Call 385-7460 to discuss further details and ensure space availability. Space is limited (200 pets) and will be first come, first served.
  • York County: Tabb High School, 4431 Big Bethel Road, Yorktown, VA

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  • Popular hashtags: #HurricaneFlorence, #Florence, #FlorenceNC, #FlorenceSC
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How to help/Donations needed

  • From Time.com: The best way to help animals during a disaster relief situation is a financial donation. “We don’t know where the most flooding will occur yet and we don’t know what comes after Florence,” Elmore explains to MONEY. “So we don’t know what we need yet. We got blindsided by Irma, then blindsided by Maria last year.” You can donate directly to the Charleston Animal Society by going to their website and clicking on the “Donate Today” button in the upper right hand corner. To find other reputable animal organizations to donate to you can use other websites that evaluate non-profits like GuideStar or Charity Navigator.
  • From MNN.com: If you want to assist animals displaced by the storm, there are plenty of things you can do. Rescue groups and shelters suggest monetary donations, first and foremost. That way they can buy what they need and don’t have to worry about storage, especially if shelters are damaged by the storm. Many shelters and rescue groups also have online wish lists. If your local shelter is making room for hurricane-displaced animals, you may want to consider adopting or fostering so they can make space in their kennels for more animals in need.
  • Wayne County, NC donation information via ABC11:
    • All donations of personal care kits should be delivered to the Salvation Army, 610 N. William Street, Goldsboro, North Carolina.
    • Donations for areas south of the Neuse River, (Mount Olive, Mar Mac, Dudley, etc.) should be taken to the Train Depot, 110 W. Main Street, Mount Olive.
    • Donations of food from individuals and churches will not be accepted at any shelters.
    • All Donations of clothing and supplies should be delivered to the Train Depot, 110 W. Main Street, Mount Olive for south of the Neuse River, and the Farmers Market at The Maxwell Center, 3114-A Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro.
    • DONATIONS OF ANY KIND WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AT ANY SHELTERS. COUNTY OFFICIALS WILL COORDINATE WITH DROP OFF LOCATIONS FOR NEEDS AT THE SHELTER.
  • East Tennessee info via knox news:
    • Young-Williams is at capacity and asks those interested in fostering or adopting a pet to consider doing so now, to open kennel space for evacuated pets. Those interested in becoming an emergency foster are encouraged to apply online at young-williams.org/get-involved/foster or call 865-661-4575.

      Those interested in adopting or fostering a pet also can go to either of two locations at 3201 Division St. or 6400 Kingston Pike.

      Young-Williams also needs supplies including cat litter, litter boxes and scoopers, canned cat food, Dry Science Diet cat and kitten food, and gallon Ziploc bags.

      All donations can be dropped off at 3201 Division St.

  • The Charleston Animal Society in North Carolina is accepting donations to cover those expenses. Items such as food, leashes, pet carriers, waste bags, litter and litter boxes can also be donated to affected shelters. (via WFMYNEWS2)

 

(Last updated 9/24/18, 11:58 am Pacific)