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Frequently Asked Questions about Pet Disaster Preparedness

Is there a checklist available to make sure that I have everything I need for my pet in case of a disaster?

Yes, view the Disaster Preparedness Animal Supplies Checklist for more information on how to prepare your pet for emergencies (English, Spanish and Creole).Adobe Acrobat logo

Additional information pet owners must be aware of includes:

  • Should there be a need to monitor pets for contamination, owners must maintain control of the pet and follow the directions of the responders providing the emergency services.
  • Should there be a need to wash contaminants from pets, owners shall be expected to conduct the wash down under the direction of emergency responders.
  • Pets that become a threat to responders or the public will be placed under the control of an animal control officer.
  • Owners presenting at shelter locations shall remain with their pets in the area of the shelter designated for pet care.

Are there any Pet Friendly Evacuation Centers (PFECs)?

Yes, there is currently one center that accepts pets during emergencies:

  • E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion
    10901 S.W. 24 Street, Miami 

Who Can Participate in the Pet Friendly Evacuation Centers?

Pet owners residing in evacuation zones, unsafe structures or trailers can participate.

What are the requirements to participate in one of the Pet Friendly Evacuation Centers?

  • Provide proof of residency within an evacuation zone
  • Present medical and current vaccination records for each pet
  • Pet owners must bring supplies for themselves and their pet(s)
  • Family member must remain in the PFEC with the pet(s)

Pet owners are reminded that pets require special consideration. Pet owners must be prepared to care for and maintain control over their pets at all times. In order to avoid injury to response personnel or the public from anxious or aggressive pets, owners are required to:

  • Maintain their pets in a crate, on a leash, or otherwise controlled
  • Muzzle aggressive or anxious pets

Miami-Dade County Animal Services does not board animals during emergencies. The shelter will be crowded due to displaced animals immediately after a storm, and it is not possible to kennel owned animals prior to a emergency event.

What types of pets are accepted at the centers?

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Gerbils
  • Guinea pigs
  • Hamsters
  • Mice/rats
  • Rabbits (small-sized, under 10 pounds, such as California or Dutch breeds)
  • Ferrets
  • Birds

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