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Have a Plan for Your Pets

Having a plan is important, and that plan should include your pets. Pet owners are strongly advised to make prior arrangements for sheltering their pets during emergencies. To find information on hotels that will accept pets, visit:


It is strongly encouraged that you make a list of potential hotels ahead of time, and begin calling immediately prior to evacuating. Be sure your plan includes a backup option, in case you can’t care for your animals. Pets should not be left unattended.

Remember: What is best for you is usually what is best for your animals.

Pet-Friendly Shelters

Pet-friendly shelters are designed to accommodate household pets. Owners are responsible for the feeding, care, clean-up, and behavior of their pets. Shelter openings are incident-specific. Never go to a shelter unless local officials have announced it is open.

Pet Disaster Supply Kit

If you go to a pet-friendly shelter, you will need:

  • Current rabies vaccination certificate
  • Shot records
  • Leash and collar
  • County animal license tags
  • Medications
  • Create or cage for each animal
  • Pet food
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Newspaper or pet pad
  • Comfort items for your pets


Large Animals or Livestock

If you have large animals such as horses, cattle, sheep, goats or pigs on your property, be sure to prepare before a disaster.

  • Ensure all animals have some form of identification.
  • Evacuate animals whenever possible. Map out primary and secondary routes in advance.
  • Make available vehicles and trailers needed for transporting and supporting each type of animal. Also make available experienced handlers and drivers. Note: It is best to allow animals a chance to become accustomed to vehicular travel so they are less frightened and easier to move.
  • Ensure destinations have food, water, veterinary care and handling equipment.
  • If evacuation is not possible, animal owners must decide whether to move large animals to shelter or turn them outside.

Brevard County Emergency Management Office

1746 Cedar Street
Rockledge, Florida 32955
Tel: (321) 637-6670
Fax: (321) 633-1738

Kimberly Prosser

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