Protect Your Pets in an Emergency

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Make plans to ensure your pet’s safety before, during, and after an emergency. Some disaster evacuation centers do not accept pets and animals. It is your responsibility as a pet owner to find out what type of shelters and assistance are available in your area to accommodate pets and to include pets in your disaster plan to keep them safe during an emergency.

If you need information quickly in an emergency, contact:

  • Local Animal Shelters
    Search for local shelters and rescue groups on Petfinder’s Shelter Centerexternal icon. Local animal shelters may be able to offer advice on what to do with your pets if you are asked to evacuate your home.
  • Local Government
    Local government animal control or service agencies can provide guidance on how to protect your pets in an emergency.
  • Relief Organizations
    RedRover shelters and cares for animals displaced by natural disasters and other crises in the United States and Canada. If you need sheltering assistance, please call RedRover at (800) 440-3277 or visit RedRover.orgexternal icon.

Visit Pet Safety in Emergencies for more information.

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