Pet Owner Emergency Resources
Don’t wait till it’s too late – prepare for the 2018 hurricane season now. For Tampa Bay, hurricane season is from June 1 – November 30th. We’ve got all the information you need to make sure your pets are ready.
Prepare Your Pets Now With These Tips
Plan your pet’s “go bag“
Food? Check. Crate? Check. What else will you need? For ideas on what to pack for them, click here
Update their microchip information
If you adopted your pet from us, they have a 24PetWatch microchip. Call 1.866.597.2424 to update yours now (fees may apply).
Don’t know if your microchip is 24PetWatch? Use this free microchip company lookup tool.
Snap a photo with your pet
Print off some pictures of you with your pets so you have supporting proof of ownership if they get lost.
Learn about your pet friendly
For pet-friendly shelter information visit http://www.pinellascounty.org/emergency. You are strongly encouraged to fill out a registration form located here. and bring it with you to the shelter. Evacuees will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Mobile home residents are given priority.
Tips Before Going To A Pet-Friendly Shelter– Use a sharpie to write your contact information directly on EVERYTHING you wish to get back – carriers, food/water dishes, leashes, toys, etc. Consider including several extra luggage tags with your contact information for use on alternate pet housing options in case your pet is contained in something other than the carrier/crate they came in.
Learn about pet friendly hotels that are likely on your evacuation route
Many popular hotel chains offer pet friendly locations, including La Quinta, Motel 6, Red Roof, Red Lion and Best Western. Some hotel chains that typically aren’t pet friendly may ease their restrictions in case of an emergency but you should call ahead to make sure.
Other resources for pet friendly hotels along your evacuation route:
Our Hurricane Response (Irma, 2017)
Partnered with Pinellas County Animal Services (PCAS) to house over 80 pets of people with special needs who evacuated in the face of Irma.
Partnered with Humane Society of the United States before the storm to move 65 of our adoption animals to New England to make room for displaced pets.
Provided a storm shelter for our staff and their families as needed so they had a safe place to weather the storm and we could continue to care for animals at our facility.
We also continued to care for owned animals at our St. Petersburg Veterinary Center.