Update on 10/6/2016 at 8pm:
Our main shelter at 2070 Griffin Road will reopen its doors on Friday, October 7, 2016 from 12pm noon – 7pm so we can offer our help and services to the Broward Community.
HUMANE SOCIETY OF BROWARD COUNTY PREPARES TO OPEN PET FRIENDLY SHELTER!
Fort Lauderdale, FL – With the threat of Hurricane Mathew, the Humane Society of Broward County is preparing to open its “Pet Friendly Shelter” located at The Millennium Middle School in Tamarac, 5803 NW 94 Avenue. HSBC staff will set up the school to accommodate the two and four legged evacuees Wednesday evening.
For those individuals who are in evacuation zones or mobile homes and who have pre-registered, you can report to the shelter with your pets starting at 9:00 P.M.
If you have not pre-registered, you do not have a friend or relative you can stay with who would welcome your pet(s), or you do not feel safe in your home you can go to the “Pet Friendly Shelter” after 9:00 P.M. Please bring with you:
- For you and your family
- Valid proof of residence
- Baby food and diapers (if needed)
- Battery-operated radio
- Car keys
- Blankets, pillows, and/or sleeping bag
- Change of clothing
- Drinking water
- First aid kit
- Favorite toys or blanket for kids
- Glasses and/or contact lenses
- Identification and valuable papers
- Non-perishable food (24 hour supply)
- One flashlight
- Personal toiletries (soap, toothpaste, etc.)
- For your pet
- Valid proof of rabies vaccination and license tag for your pets.
- The name, address and phone number of your veterinarian.
- Food (it is better for pets to continue to on their regular diets)
- Favorite towel or blanket
- Collar and leash (non-retractable)
- Muzzle (if necessary)
- Do not bring: Furniture, weapons, alcoholic beverages, or drugs
No reptiles will be permitted at the shelter, only dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets and pocket pets. Space is limited.
While at the pet-friendly shelter:
- Pets will be crated and housed in the same area as other pets.
- Pet owners must stay at the emergency shelter. We will schedule an allotted time for you to care for your animals (i.e. walking, feeding, administering medications, and cleaning up after).
- Pet owners will not be allowed to sleep or stay where their animals are housed.
- It is suggested that owners supply the food that their pets are currently eating, to minimize digestive issues.
- If your pet may have separation and/or stress issues when crated, visit your vet NOW to determine if sedatives may be necessary for future crating.
The “Pet Friendly Shelter” was created specifically so pet owners can bring their pets during declared emergencies and be sheltered in the same facility. The pet friendly shelter is the creation of the Humane Society of Broward County (HSBC), in cooperation with the Broward Chapter of the American Red Cross and the School Board of Broward County. The project is supported by the Broward County Emergency Management organization.
When stocking up on hurricane supplies for your family, remember to include your pet’s needs as well. You will need:
- Two week supply of food and water for each pet
- Proper collar and leash
- Rabies license tag
- Personal identification tag with 2 phone numbers listed (one of the numbers should be an emergency contact number)
- Litter and litter box, toys, and towels
- Travel crate
- A recent photo of your pet (s)
- Newspapers and plastic bags for handling waste
You can also find a link to pet friendly hotels on the Humane Society’s web site at http://humanebroward.com/pet-friendly-lodging/
DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES LEAVE YOUR PET(S) OUTSIDE, BRING THEM IN! PREPARE NOW!!!
Note: The shelter can accommodate 500 people and 350 animals (will vary depending on the types of pets).
Dogs are housed in one area, cats and other pets in another.
People stay at the facility as well, this is not a drop off service. Pet owners will be responsible for feeding and cleaning up after their pets.
Be Prepared, you and your pets…
Not sure if you live in an evacuation zone? Contact Broward County Emergency Management Division at 954.831.3900.
Attend a Hurricane Preparedness Event: Information Here.
Now is the time to prepare for hurricane season! As a member of your family, your pet needs to be included in your hurricane plan. Your plan should include what you will need to have on hand for your pet in case of an emergency, and where your pet will go if you have to evacuate your home. By planning in advance, you will be calmer and better prepared when the storm approaches.
Supplies Needed for EACH Pet:
- 2 week supply of food and water
- 2 month supply of heartworm prevention and other medications
- Up-to-date photos of you with your pet. (For identification and proof of ownership.)
- Favorite toys for comfort
- Proper leash and collar with ID tags and license. Make sure the ID tag includes the phone number of a person in an unaffected area who will know how to reach you.
- Proof of current vaccines
- Newspapers and plastic bags for waste
- Portable carrier/crate
- Litter box and scoop with litter/newspaper
After the Storm Passes
Take caution in letting your pet outside after a storm. Familiar landmarks and scents may be altered and your pet could become confused and lost. Be aware of broken glass, shingles with nails in them, downed powerlines etc.
Important Phone Numbers
Broward County Animal Care and Adoption – 954.359.1313
American Red Cross of Broward County- 954.797.3800
AT&T – 888.757.6500
Broward County – General Information – 954.831.4000
Broward County Sheriff’s Office (Non-Emergency) – 954.765.4321
FPL (Downed Power Lines & Outages) 800.468.8243
Waste Management – 954.974.7500