During an emergency, shelters are opened as needed, and not all of
the shelters may open. If you live in an evacuation zone, consider
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, and their
pet’s Broward County Registration Tag. 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.
Call the Emergency Hotline at 311 or 954-831-4000 for more
information. Emergency shelters are a service of the Broward
County Commission and the Broward County School Board.