Pet Care Plan


Pets should accompany owners during evacuation. Most emergency shelters do not allow animals, so alternative plans are necessary.

Pet Shelters

Safe places for pets include homes of friends or relatives, pet friendly hotels, pet kennels or veterinary facilities. Prepare a list of contact numbers in advance. Contact the local animal control facility for more information.

Pet Rescue

Affix a Rescue Alert Sticker to the front of the residence. The sticker should include the types and number of pets in the home and veterinarian information. Ensure that pets wear rabies tag collars at all times. Consult a veterinarian about permanent identification, such as micro chipping, or registration with a pet recovery database.

Pet Emergency Kit
  1. Leash, harness and/or pet carrier
  2. 1 week supply of food and water with bowls
  3. Medications and pet first aid kit
  4. Copies of vaccination, medical records and an identification photo of pet and owner in a waterproof container
  5. Plastic bags, disinfectants, paper towels and/or litter box
  6. Blankets, toys and treats
During an Emergency
  1. Do not allow pets to roam loose following a disaster.
  2. Call ahead to make arrangements for boarding pets outside the danger area.
  3. Keep pet emergency kit close at hand
More information – listing of hotels that allow pets
FEMA Pet Preparedness
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Disaster Preparedness
Humane Society Disaster Preparedness