With hurricane season right around the corner, we wanted to remind our community of the existence of our Pet-Friendly Shelter. This is a hurricane shelter that is open to both companion animals and humans. As some of you may remember, until only a few years ago, pet owners were told to leave their animals home when evacuating. Unfortunately, this was the case when Hurricane Andrew struck, and it caused the loss of countless animals.
The Humane Society of Broward County’s Pet Friendly Shelter
Thanks to partnerships with the Humane Society of Broward County, Broward County Public Schools, and Broward County, as well as to the sponsorship efforts of Petco.com and Purina One, we are able to provide the following Pet Friendly Shelter as a resource to the pet owners of our community.
Currently there is only one emergency shelter in Broward County, which is limited in capacity. It is located at 5803 NW 94th Avenue, Tamarac, FL 33321.
Pre-Registrating Your Pets
Pre-registration for your pet(s) is not required, but is highly suggested.
2017 Pre-Registration for our Pet Friendly Shelter will begin on
June 1, 2017.
At this time, pre-registration is only available by phone. Please contact the HSBC at 954.266.6871 to learn more and to pre-register.
Humane Society of Broward County’s Pet Hurricane Hotline: 954.266.6871
To Pre-Register, you must provide the following:
- Proof that you live in an evacuation area, to include all mobile home parks (utility bill). A driver’s license alone will not be sufficient.
- A current photo of your pet. This photo will be placed in your pet’s file and will not be returned.
- Pets must be up-to-date on rabies vaccination and licensing.
- The name, address, and telephone number of your veterinarian.
Plan Ahead: Pet Owner Responsibilities
If you need to evacuate to a Pet Friendly Shelter, or even to a friend/family’s home, hotel, or boarding facility, you should arrive prepared with supplies to ensure the safety and comfort of your pet, which include:
- Proper collar, leash, tags, rabies license, harnesses, muzzles
- Animals in crates or cages large enough to stand, sit and turn around
- Two weeks supply of food and sealed bottle water
- Two months’ supply of heartworm preventative and other medications
- Proof of vaccinations
- Documented medical history and/or needs
- Cat litter / Newspapers
- Chew toys or other comfort items
Should you decide to re-register for our Pet Friendly Shelter, please be prepared to expect the following:
- 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, and cleaning up after)
- Pet owners will not be allowed to sleep or stay in the room where their animals are housed
- It is suggested that owners supply the food that their pets are currently eating, to prevent any intestinal problems
- If you feel that your pet may have separation and/or stress-related problems when crated, you should consider visiting your vet NOW to determine if medication (sedatives) should be administered. The Humane Society of Broward County will NOT administer any medications
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
Attend a Hurricane Preparedness Event: Information Here.
Not sure if you live in an evacuation zone? Contact Broward County Emergency Management Division at 954.831.3900.
Get Prepared Now!
Not only is it inhumane to leave domesticated animals to fend for themselves, but it also increases the suffering of the pet owners. The human/animal bond is never more important to people than in situations of extreme stress. Assisting animals is about supporting people by taking care of what is important to them—animal issues ARE people issues.
That is why the new advice for families evacuating with pets is to bring them with you. Thankfully some facilities openly welcome families evacuating with animals, such as:
- Select hotels/motels
- Boarding Kennels
- Veterinary Offices
- Family and friends outside of the evacuation zone
- Pet Friendly Shelters
The Need for Pet Friendly Shelters
Pet Friendly Shelters are especially needed when owners do not want to separate from their pets, hotel/motel or boarding fees are too high, or there are no family or friends to stay with.
However, it must be noted that our Pet Friendly Shelter has limited capacity, is geared towards those families that live East of US1 or live in mobile home parks, and should be the last resort for animal owners. Additionally, there are health concerns due to the crowding together of animals. There is noise and other stress-inducing problems that may impact animals.
Make arrangements for your pets NOW, for space is limited and advance planning is crucial. Create a list of boarding facilities, including veterinary practices, within a 100-mile radius of your home. Also compile a list of nearby hotels that accept pets, as well as under what circumstances.
For More Information, Check out this Hurricane Preparedness Guide