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Shelters

During an emergency, shelters are opened as needed, and not all of the 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, 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.

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