After the Event
- Use caution allowing pets outdoors after the storm. Leash dogs and keep cats in a carrier. Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and pets can become confused or lost. Downed power lines and reptiles in high water could present a danger.
- Animals should not be allowed to consume food or water which may have become contaminated. If you won't drink it, your pet shouldn't either.
- If the water supply is questionable, you can purify it.
If You Lose a Pet
- Broward County Animal Care and Adoption officers and residents will bring many of the lost cats and dogs to Broward County shelters after a hurricane. The shelters are located at:
1870 S.W. 39th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
3100 N.W. 19th Terrace
Pompano Beach, FL 33064
954-359-1313 ext.9266 (ph)
You will be called by Animal Care if they have your pet, providing that phones are operating and your pet has identification. Otherwise, you will need to visit one of our shelters. Call first for post-hurricane operating hours and information at 954-359-1313.
If You Find a Pet
If you find a dog or cat with a license tag or tattoo, you should:
- Visit broward.org/animal and select “Licensing Database.” This database contains more than 800,000 records of dogs and cats registered in Broward County since 2000. Search for the owner of a lost pet by using the pet's full or partial license tag or tattoo number.
- The licensing database searches for the owner's name, address, phone number and pet description. If the description of the animal matches the animal you have found, you should call the owner.
- If you do not have access to the Web, please call Broward County Animal Care at 954-359-1313.
- Broward County Animal Care will be busy with recovery operations after a disaster and will not be able to assist with dead animal pick-up until normal operations resume. Call a private company to assist with removal. Such companies are listed in the Yellow Pages under Animal Removal Services.
- Once normal operations resume, residents can call Animal Care at 954-359-1313, Option 2, for removal of small, dead animals. If the property owner is not at home, leave a note on the front door giving Animal Care permission to enter the property and remove the dead animal.
- Animal Care does not remove large, dead animals (such as horses and cows). You should refer to a private stock removal company, listed in the Yellow Pages under Animal Removal Services.
Updated March 2012