Animal Preparedness: Pets, Livestock & Equine

Sheltering with Pets

Pet owners should have a disaster plan that includes care for their pets.

Public, pet-friendly shelters are a much-needed resource, but should not be your first choice if you have other options. Check with your pet-friendly relatives or friends who live outside the evacuation area. If that is not an option, try to locate pet-friendly lodging a safe distance away. Friends, family and hotels that allow pets are much more comfortable for you and your animals than pet-friendly public shelters.

Pre-Registration

Pre-registration is required for those people and pets who anticipate they will be evacuating with their pet to the pet shelter. The registrations forms can be found at the bottom of this page. Once completed, you may fax (850) 595-3081 or mail the registration forms to:

                Escambia County Animal Shelter

                Attn: Pet Shelter Registration

                200 West Fairfield Drive, Pensacola, FL 32501

Sheltering in Place

If evacuation is not possible, a decision must be made whether to confine large animals to an available shelter on your farm or leave them out in pastures.

Owners may believe that their animals are safer inside barns, but in many circumstances, confinement takes away the animals’ ability to protect themselves.  This decision should be based on the type of disaster and the type of sheltering structure.

If your pasture area meets the following criteria, your large animals may be safer in the pasture than being evacuated:

Preparing to evacuate with your pet(s)

Have a plan.  Do not wait until the last minute to form an evacuation plan when you have the additional responsibility of planning for your pet(s).

Confirm your plan 24 hours before you will to evacuate in the event things have changed.

Bring all pets inside the house so you will not have to search for them should you need to leave in a hurry.

Make sure all pets are wearing their collars and I.D. tags.  Be sure the I.D. tag has your cell phone number on it in the event you and your pet became separated. 

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