During an emergency, shelters are opened as needed, and not all shelters may open. If you live in an evacuation zone, consider all your alternatives before you decide to go to a shelter. Your first, best choice is to stay with family or friends outside the evacuation zone.

Certain shelters are designated as pet-friendly. Pets accepted include dogs, cats, domestic birds, rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs, mice, and hamsters. All pets must be in a carrier/crate and all dogs must have a collar with leash. Residents should be prepared to show proof of rabies certificate for dogs and cats. Bring supplies to care for your pet, including food and water, food/water bowls, cat litter and litter box, medicine, cleaning supplies, etc. Service animals are permitted in General Population Shelters so long as the pet meets the requirements under Federal law. Visit ADA Requirements for Service Animals for additional information.