Pet Disaster Preparation

Proper planning before a hurricane or other natural disaster could save your life and the life of your pet. If you live in an area which must be evacuated, you must make preparations for your family and your pets before the threat of a storm. Never leave your pet behind.

Some veterinarians will board your pets if you are a client - we advise speaking with them before the need arises. There are also some boarding facilities available - make plans ahead of time. 

There is a pet-friendly shelter in Santa Rosa County but you must pre-register. Visit the pet shelter page for more information.

Whether you evacuate, stay home or utilize a pet friendly shelter, your furry family member needs a disaster kit.

  • Any necessary medication(s) - at least a two-week supply
  • Any special dietary requirements
  • Bowls for food and water
  • Carrier or cage big enough for the pet to stand, stretch, and turn around, and room for food and water
  • Cat litter pan, litter and littler scooper
  • Pet hygiene supplies such as dry shampoo, pet wipes and dog waste bags
  • Collar/harness (with ID and current rabies tag) and leashes
  • A two-week supply of food and water
  • Plastic bags
  • Towels/blankets, grooming supplies and toys to keep your pet(s) occupied
  • Proof of vaccinations
  • Current photo and description of your pet(s) with the owner if possible

Disaster Resources for People with Animals