RedRover Responders stand at the ready to provide animal emergency sheltering assistance for animals displaced by Hurricane Michael. 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.”

ALABAMA

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.

Pet friendly shelters

  • Dale County
    • Daleville Cultural and Convention Center is opening at 5:00 p.m. on October 9th. Pets are welcome but must be leashed and/or kenneled. If you have any questions please call The Department of Public Safety at 334-598-4442.
  • Houston County
    • Dothan Boots and Saddle Club, 1347 E Saunders Rd, Dothan, AL 36301, has 5 water and power hook ups for campers, and about 8 horse stalls available. No charge for Hurricane Evacuees. Call ahead, ‭1 (334) 685-2409.
  • Madison County
    • Alabama A& M University Agribition Center, 4925 Moores Mill Rd, Huntsville, AL 35811. Can hold up to 100 animals – any type welcome.
  • Montgomery County
    • Garrett Coliseum, 1555 Federal Dr, Montgomery, AL 36107 is open for emergency livestock sheltering. Office at 334-356-6866. Due to the fair, only dry comping is available. Owners of animals and livestock evacuating from Florida due to Hurricane Michael are exempt from having entry requirements. However, owners should try to bring any information available with them such as Coggin’s test for horses, rabies certificates for dogs and cats and any medications. Health Certificates will not be required.
  • Pike County
    • Heart of Dixie Trail Ride, 4162 County road 7708, Troy, AL 36081, is open to hurricane evacuees. We have campsites & horse accommodations available. There will be a discount for evacuees. For more information please call the office 334-670-0005.

FLORIDA

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.

For up to date information on open shelters, visit https://www.floridadisaster.org/shelter-status.

Pet friendly shelters

  • Baker County
    • Macclenny Elementary, 1 Wild Kitten Dr, Macclenny, FL 32063, is opening as a general population emergency shelter and will accept pets, but you’re encouraged to call ahead of time to ensure you have everything needed to help with that process. You can get those questions answered at 904-259-6111.
  • Citrus County
    • Lecanto Primary School – Pet Friendly Shelter, Building 2 3790 W. Educational Path, Lecanto, FL
  • Escambia County
    • The Escambia County Equestrian Center, 7750 Mobile Hwy, Pensacola, FL 32526, is open for large animal sheltering. All horses must have a current Coggins test certificate. For more information call (850) 941-6042.
  • Leon County
    • Chiles High School, 7200 Lawton Chiles Lane, Tallahassee, FL 32312
    • Godby High School, 1717 W Tharpe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304
    • Lincoln High School, 3838 Trojan Trail, Tallahassee, FL 32311
    • Sail High School, 2006 Jackson Bluff Road, Tallahassee, FL 32304
    • Fort Braden Elementary School, 15100 Blountstown Highway, Tallahassee, FL 32310
  • Levy County
    • **No shelters in Levy County are pet friendly. The Levy County Department of Emergency Management says that if your dog or cat needs to be sheltered, bring a crate, food for the pet, and a current rabies certification to the Levy County Animal Services building at 12055 NE 69th Lane, Bronson, FL 32621. If you do not provide proof of rabies vaccination, the county veterinarian will administer the vaccination for just $10. Only cash will be accepted.
  • Madison County
    • Madison County Central School, 2093 US-90, Madison, FL 32340,  is a risk shelter and special needs shelter. You MUST BRING pillows, blankets and comfort items with you to the shelter. For those who plan to bring pets, you MUST provide copies of vaccinations, all pet supplies and understand that pets are housed AWAY from the general shelter.
  • Okaloosa County
    • Baker Area Recreation Association, 5503 FL-4, Baker, FL 32531,  will be accepting horses that need shelter. Contact Tracy Rogers (850) 537-4744 or Tim Ross (850) 259-1284 for more information.
    • PAWS shelter is at full capacity at this time. Owners must now waive 24-hour rights when surrendering their pets, and PAWS takes immediate ownership of the animal(s).
  • Santa Rosa County
    • Milton Community Center, 5629 Byrom St, Milton, FL 32570 is pet-friendly and also equipped to accommodate those with special needs. Pet owners must stay with their pets. Those with special needs must come with their own caregiver. Pet owners and special needs residents should be registered with Santa Rosa County.
  • Walton County 
    • Freeport High School, 12615 U.S. 331 Bus, Freeport, FL 32439 is a pet-friendly shelter and can accommodate those with special needs.

Social media

Note: Always use caution when posting personal information or using information posted on social networking sites. RedRover cannot vouch for the accuracy or intention of any of the links below.

Twitter:

  • Popular hashtags: #HurricaneMichael, #Michael, #Hurricane #Michael, #HurricaneQuestions, #gulfcoast
  • FEMA (@FEMA)
  • Florida State Emergency Response Team (@FLSERT)

How to help/Donations needed

  • From WHNT NEWS: To help prepare for Hurricane Michael’s potential impact, LifeSouth is urging the public to donate blood. LifeSouth officials say that donating in advance will help ensure that local hospitals have blood available to treat those who may be injured or need a blood transfusion during the storm.According to their website, LifeSouth serves more than 100 hospitals in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. All blood types are needed, including platelet and plasma donors.
    Donors must at least be 17 years old, or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is also needed.
    To find the closest blood drive call LifeSouth at 1-888-795-2707 or visit their website.

Resources and grants for affected animal agencies, rescue groups and shelters

PetSmart Charities Emergency Relief Grants supports nonprofit organizations or municipalities deploying in response to or affected by the recent hurricanes for companion animals.  Grant funds can be used for:

  • Purchases for necessary immediate sheltering needs for up to 30 days (gas/lodging, kennels, crates, carriers, food, waste management, bowls, leads/leashes) for both shelter pets and public pets
  • Medical expenses to provide necessary vaccinations and immediate medical for impacted pets in temporary shelter. Learn more and apply here: https://www.petsmartcharities.org/pro/grants/emergency-relief

The Animal Disaster Funding Collaborative, a collective of animal welfare funders has grants available to nonprofits and government agencies who are assisting animals and pet owners impacted by the recent hurricanes.  Organizations impacted by the disaster can submit one grant application through a centralized website —http://www.animaldisasterfunding.org/ — which will be reviewed jointly by the five granting organizations. The grants are open to animal shelters, rescues, sanctuaries, food banks, animal hospitals, and government agencies that assist pet owners or animals.

(Last updated 10/9/18, 8:45 pm Pacific)