News: Hurricane prep for pets

Published Sat June 1, 2024

Another busy storm season predicted.

June 1 is the beginning of hurricane season and it lasts through November. This hurricane season is predicted to be a busy one. It is so important for pet owners to prepare in advance for their pets in the event of a disaster. Our friends at FEMA offer some great tips, along with a few of our own, on how to keep you and your pets safe.

The County pet friendly evacuation shelters should only be used as a last resort. Please do not plan to stay in one unless you have no other choice.

  • Special note: If you have a dog that is aggressive to other dogs or people, the County reserves the right to deny access to the pet friendly shelter to ensure the safety of others. As an alternative, there may be space available for the pet to be housed at the Animal Services facility in lieu of a pet friendly shelter.

For up to date shelter information, call the Osceola County Hurricane Hotline: 407-742-0000.

If you have questions about how to prepare for your pets, please call us at 407-742-8000.

Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies:

Consider the following to ensure that you and your pets are prepared in case of an emergency:

  • Include your pets in your emergency plans. Remember that what is typically best for you is typically best for your pet, too;

  • Build a separate emergency kit for your pets. Ensure you include food, water, medicine, a favorite toy, and other essential items;

  • Be sure to keep digital records, such as medical and veterinary information, and pictures that you can use to identify your pet after a disaster in case you become separated; and

  • Create a list of places, such as pet-friendly hotels, boarding facilities, or veterinary offices, that accept pets if an emergency happens and you need to leave your home.  Be sure to research current rules for our area.

  • Make sure your pet wears a county license tag at all times to help ensure safe return to you in the event he/she becomes lost.

  • Microchipping is a great secondary way to identify your pets. We strongly encourage microchipping. Now would be the perfect time to ensure your contact information associated with your pet’s microchip is up to date!

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