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Pet Disaster Planning

Hillsborough County’s pet-friendly shelters are located throughout the County but should be seen as a last resort. Residents are reminded to make a plan for your pets before disaster strikes. Planning ahead is the best way to protect your pet, including where you will stay if you and your family are evacuated. Please check the Stay Safe page for the current status of shelters and for possible additional shelters that may be designated as pet friendly.

Looking for pet friendly hotels? A simple internet search of "pet friendly shelters" includes multiple options.


If you must go to a pet friendly shelter, here are some important considerations:
  • The County’s pet friendly shelters are equipped to handle dogs and cats only. Limited space is available. 
  • Your pet will be housed separately from you and you will have limited access to visit your pet. 
  • You are responsible for the care and well-being of your animal. You will be scheduled a minimum of twice a day to feed, clean and walk your pet.
Resources for Planning for your Pet
  • Have a Pet Disaster Plan
  • What to Expect at a Pet Friendly Shelter
  • Pet Friendly Shelters: True or False
Pet Friendly Shelter Packing List
  • Crate/carrier large enough for your pet to stand up and turn around in
  • Up-to-date pet records – vaccinations, microchip, county registration
  • Photo of owner and pet together 
  • Food and water supply for a minimum 7 days, along with bowls 
  • Leash, collar, and muzzle (if needed) 
  • Pet medications
  • Toys or blankets to put in the kennel
Large Animals

For details on how farmers and ranchers can prepare for a hurricane, see the UF/IFAS Extension website.