Hurricane Safety Tips for Pet Owners!
by the ASPCA
IMPORTANT TIPS & INFORMATION:
(see information below)
RECOMMENDED PET SURVIVAL KIT CONTENTS
- A crate or carrier large enough for the animal to stand and turn around. Help your pet adjust to the carrier before the storm by placing it in the carrier along with a treat or toy. Start with short periods of time, then slowly increase the time.
- Two-week supply of food (moist or canned) with manual can opener
- Water and food dishes
- Cat litter and litter pan
- Toys and/or blanket
- Emergency phone numbers for veterinarian, animal shelters and friends/relatives
- Photo of the pet with you (to prove you are the owner)
- Veterinary records with rabies certificate and current license tag number
- Medications with instructions
- Cleaning supplies (newspaper, plastic bags with ties, paper towels, disinfectant)
***Store all items in containers that are easy to transport and won't easily tear or break. DO not use plastic or paper bags or pillow cases. Use waterproof containers to store items that would be damaged if wet.***
CARING FOR ANIMALS DURING A HURRICANE
For household pets of families remaining indoors during a storm:
For household pets of families in evacuation zones:
- Be sure your pet is wearing its current County animal license tag, and attach to the collar the phone number of a family member or friend not in the evacuation zone. A second method of identification is recommended (tattoo or implanted microchip).
- Evacuate as early as possible. Options for you and your pet include:
- staying with relatives or friends who do not have to evacuate.
- evacuating to a pet-friendly hotel or motel. Call the hotel or motel before you evacuate to make a reservation, these establishments fill up quickly, and make sure they allow pets. Many change their pet policies during an emergency. For a listing of pet-friendly hotels/motels, click here OR call Animal Care at 954-359-1313, Ext. 227. You can also visit:
The Automobile Club of America publishes a book (for members only) that lists hotels and motels accepting pets. Call 800-222-1134 for membership information.
Note to call takers: Pet-friendly hotels and motels fill well in advance of a storm and reservations are many times not available by the time the Hurricane Hotline activates.
- Boarding your pet at a private kennel. Kennels have limited space and most require proof of current vaccinations. Select a kennel not in the evacuation zone. Make reservations early. Be sure your pet is wearing a collar with a current County animal license tag. It is recommended pets have a tattoo or microchip. For a list of boarding kennels, click here. Ask your veterinarian if they offer boarding services because as a client, your pet will be given preference over a non-client.
- Evacuating to a pet-friendly hurricane shelter. Because of limited space, this is an option of last resort. It is available only to pet owners living in evacuation areas, or in mobiles homes throughout Broward County. The human side of the shelter is operated by American Red Cross. The pet side of the shelter is operated by the Humane Society. Pets cannot be sheltered unless their owner(s) are also utilizing the shelter. Registered participants will be notified of shelter location.
The pet-friendly shelter is operated on a first come, first served basis.
Residents in an emergency evacuation zone who would like to pre-register for the pet friendly shelter can do so in-person at:
Humane Society of Broward County
2070 Griffin Road , Fort Lauderdale
(one block west of I-95)
Call 954-989-3977 or visit http://www.hurricaneshuttersflorida.com/http://www.humanebroward.com/ for details.
To pre-register in the pet-friendly shelter, you must present the following items:
- Valid proof of residence in an evacuation area, such as an electric, water or cable bill (driver's license is not sufficient proof)
- Valid proof of rabies vaccination and County animal license tag for your pets
- Name, address and phone number of your veterinarian
- A current photo of the pets you are planning to bring (photo non-returnable).
Contact the Humane Society of Broward County (954-989-3977) as soon as possible during hurricane season to determine if any space is still available.
CARING FOR ANIMALS AFTER A HURRICANE
- Animal Care officers and residents will bring many of the lost cats and dogs to Broward County shelters after a hurricane. The shelters are located at:
1870 S.W. 39 th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
3100 N.W. 19 th Terrace Pompano Beach
- You will be called by Animal Care if they have your pet, providing that phones are operating and your pet has identification. Otherwise, you will need to visit one of our shelters. Call first for post-hurricane operating hours and information. Call 954-359-1313.
If you find a dog or cat with a license tag or tattoo, you should:
- Visit http://www.hurricaneshuttersflorida.com/http://www.broward.org/animal and select “Licensing Database.” This database contains more than 800,000 records of dogs and cats registered in Broward County since 2000. They can search for the owner of a lost pet using the pet's full or partial license tag or tattoo number.
- After entering the license or tattoo number, the database searches for the owner's name, address, phone number and pet description. If the description of the animal matches the animal you have found, you should call the owner.
- If you do not have access to the web, please call the Broward County Animal Care and Regulation Division at 954-359-1313.
Information courtesy of ASPCA