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Hurricane Preparedness 2023

While it is always a good idea to have a plan for emergencies, being prepared for hurricane season (June 1 to November 30) is especially important. We want to help and provide you with the most current information and resources about pet-friendly shelters as well as tips to plan for any disaster.

Checklist:

☑️ Pet food and treats to last at least 5 days (ziploc bags, manual can opener for canned foods)

☑️ Bottled water to last at least 5 days (not including your personal water supply)

☑️ Paper bowls (disposable to conserve fresh water for cleaning)

☑️ Medications (at least a 2 week supply)

☑️ Copy of health/vaccine records CURRENT RABIES TAG (to be placed inside of protective sleeve to protect against water damage)

☑️ Updated picture of pet

☑️ Microchip. Both dogs and cats should be microchipped. This is the best way for the shelters to identify pets.

☑️ Veterinarian's contact information

☑️ Waste removal bags

☑️ Potty pads

☑️ Litter box (if you become low on litter, shredded newspaper works too)

☑️ Trash bags

☑️ Paper towels

☑️ Household Chlorine Bleach - 9 parts water to 1 part bleach

☑️ Collars and Leashes/ cat carriers (keep extras on you in case one breaks or you come across another pet in need)

☑️ Familiar blanket/toy or bed from home

☑️ Dog tags

☑️ Flashlight for nighttime walks

☑️ Emergency numbers, shelter information

www.petswelcome.com/hurricane-emergency is a great resource for information.

www.bringfido.com is a great site to check hotels and AirBnB that accept pets.

Pet Friendly Shelters

Northwest Florida State College Raider Stadium

100 College Blvd. East, Niceville, FL 32578

(850) 651-7150

County: Okaloosa

Description: Pets must have proper ID, including collar and rabies tag, a carrier/crate, leash, ample supply of food, water, and bowls, any necessary medications, and litter box, newspapers or trash bags for clean-up. Pets will be housed at this shelter but in a location separate from owners.

Antioch Elementary School

4700 Whitehurst Lane, Crestview, FL 32536

(850) 651-7150

County: Okaloosa

Description: Pets must have proper ID, including collar and rabies tag, a carrier/crate, leash ample supply of food, water, and bowls, any necessary medications, and litter box, newspapers or trash bags for clean-up. Pets will be housed at this shelter but in a location separate from owners.

Davidson Middle School

6261 Old Bethel Rd, Crestview, FL 32536

(850) 683-7500

County: Okaloosa

Walton County Animal Shelter

365 Triple G Rd, Defuniak Springs, FL 32433

(850) 892-8758

County: Walton

Freeport High School

12615 331 BUS, Freeport, FL 32439

(850) 892-1201

County: Walton

We strongly recommend looking at the websites and/or call to get more information regarding availability, instructions, restrictions and etc. for these shelters.