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5/29/13 06:13PM

2013 Hurricane Season and Your Pets

Hurricane season is upon us once again and all of us at PETFIRSTAIDANDCPR.COM want you to be prepared for your 4-legged loved ones. We have created a listing of pet friendly central Florida shelters and their requirements.

2013 Hurricane Season and your PETS

Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk Counties, Florida

Julie Smith
Pet Tech, Pet First Aid Instructor #1743

Hurricane season is upon us once again and all of us at PETFIRSTAIDANDCPR.COM want you to be prepared for your 4-legged loved ones.  We have created a listing of pet friendly central Florida shelters and their requirements. 

Pet-friendly shelters are generally open to dogs and cats, although certain shelters will allow birds.  The shelters are open for those that are mandatorily evacuated and reside in certain zones and/or a mobile home.  Be prepared for hotels and kennels that will NOT accept your pet during an emergency by having a list prepared of pet-friendly hotels in an area away from the hurricane/disaster areas.

In order to enter shelters, you MUST HAVE proof of current rabies vaccination however, some shelters require different shots for cats and dogs so be aware of your county requirements.  Listed below are necessary items for your stay in a pet-friendly shelter: 

  • Current rabies and vaccination records, plus a picture of you and your pet for identification purposes.  Put all of these items in a waterproof container. 
  • Pet carrier large enough that your dog can stand and turn around.  Cat crates large enough to contain cat, food, water and litter pan.
  • Collar, leash and muzzle (extras are advised).
  • Food and water.
  • Medicine and supplements.
  • Can opener (non-electric).
  • Favorite toys and bedding.
  • Newspapers, plastic bags and disinfectants for pet wastes and clean up.

 PLEASE NOTE:  You must remain with your pet all times or they could be considered abandoned by the shelter and turned over to animal services.

Hillsborough County, FL (first come, first serve)

Burnett Middle School
1010 N. Kingsway Road
Seffner, FL 33584

Sgt. Smith Middle School
14303 Citrus Pointe Drive
Tampa, FL 33625

Bartels Middle School
9020 Imperial Oak Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33657

Shields Middle School
15732 Beth Shields Way
Ruskin, FL 33573

Hillsborough County requires that you and pet register upon arrival have proof of current rabies vaccination, a sturdy carrier, supplies for pet, and remain on site with your pet. 

For more information you can reach Hillsborough County Animal Services at 813-744-5660.

*All information provided via the Hillsborough County Animal Services website.


 Pasco County, FL (pre-registration allowed)

Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter
11611 Denton Avenue
Hudson, FL  34667

This shelter is designated as Pasco County’s pet-friendly shelter and residents must reside in evacuation zone A,B,C, or a mobile home. 

Two pets per residence will be allowed until capacity is reached.  Dogs must be at least 4 months old and have current Pasco County License. 

Shots required for dogs are rabies, bordetella, DA2PP vaccinations.  Shots required for cats are proof of rabies, FVRCP, FelV vaccinations.

Pasco County has a Pet-friendly Evacuation Shelter Pre-Registration form available at

For more information contact Pasco County Animal Services at 813-929-1212.

*All information provided via the Pasco County Animal Services website.

Pinellas County, FL (pre-registration allowed)

Pinellas County has three shelters available to pet owners: 

Oak Grove Middle School
1370 S. Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL  33764

Thurgood Marshall Middle School
3901 22nd Ave. S.
St. Petersburg, FL  33711

Dunedin Middle School
70 Patricia Ave
Dunedin, FL 34698

Mobile home residents are given first priority.

Pinellas County has a Pet-friendly Evacuation Shelter Pre-Registration form available at  The application can be downloaded and sent by mail, fax or email to:

Pinellas County Animal Services
12450 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33774
727-582-2637 (fax)

Please note that submitting the application does not guarantee acceptance into the shelter.  A tentative acceptance letter will be sent upon receipt and verification of eligibility by email if you submit an email address or by regular postal mail.

For more information contact Pinellas Animal Control Services at 727-582-2637.

*All information provided via the Pinellas County Animal Services website.

Polk County, FL (first come, first serve)

Philip O’Brien Elementary School

1125 Lime St.

Lakeland, FL 33801

Lake Region High School
1995 Thunder Rd.
Eagle Lake, FL  33839

Alta Vista Elementary School
801 Scenic Highway
Haines City, FL  33844

Due to space limitations, the sites will be strictly for pet-friendly groups and will be limited to providing shelter only for dogs, cats, birds and their owners. As in any other sheltering situation, consult the local media or Citizens Information Line to ensure a specific shelter is open and operating before proceeding to that facility. Additional shelter requirements include complete shot records for each pet, which will be reviewed upon arrival at the shelter; an airline-approved carrying case, in which each animal brought to the shelter will remain for the duration of their stay; food for the pet for at least a three-day period; and an agreement, signed by the pet owner upon registration, that confirms that the pet will be accompanied by an owner throughout the duration of the sheltering.

Failure to comply with any of these items could preclude someone being able to enter the shelters.

For more information reach Polk County Animal Services at 863-499-2600.

*All information provided via the Polk County Animal Services website.



For other pet-friendly hotels and motels, call your local chamber of commerce or utilize the following online resources:


Julie Smith is a Certified Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor and a Pet Tech Pet First Aid Instructor.  Julie can be reached at or 813-892-9543.