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Thank you for your interest in meeting the disaster preparedness needs of the people and animals of North Carolina! The partnership of multiple agencies planning to shelter the people and animals of our state is an important part of preparing North Carolina for the potential of a significant event. Below you will find various resources designed to help you develop the animal sheltering capabilities in your county.


If you have any questions about the animal disaster sheltering material on this web site, please contact:

The resources provided below are grouped into the following categories:
  • Animal Sheltering Preparedness Manual
  • Proposed Animal Sheltering Guidelines
  • Animal Sheltering Policies
  • Recommended Animal Sheltering Forms
  • Sample Animal Sheltering Plan
  • Sample Animal Sheltering Forms
  • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Additional Resources
  • Other Links
  • Contacts

  • Animals Sheltering Preparedness Manual: Guidelines, Policies, Plans, and Forms:
    All documents are provided in both Microsoft Office and Adobe PDF formats. If you do not already have Adobe Reader on your computer, click the Adobe Reader link for a FREE download:    acrordr_hd (2K).

    The following documents may be downloaded individually by clicking on the desired format under each subheading or by downloading all files together in a zip file by clicking the links below:

    Download all PDF files as a zip file Download all Microsoft Office files
    Proposed Animal Sheltering Guidelines
  • Proposed Guidelines for Evacuation & Rescue of Animals During Disasters - North Carolina
    These guidelines set forth recommendations that will help animal owners prepare to evacuate their animals and guidelines for rescue of those animals not evacuated.
  • PDF Version MS Word Version
  • North Carolina Guidelines for Equine Sheltering
    These guidelines provide recommendations for equine sheltering facility assessment and sheltering policies.
  • PDF Version MS Word Version
  • Sheltering Square Footage Guidelines
    This document provides guidance on the amount of square footage needed to properly shelter animals in crates.
  • PDF Version MS Word Version
  • Equipment List for Co-Location Shelter
    A comprehensive list of materials needed for a co-location shelter in Microsoft Excel Format.
  • PDF Version MS Excel Version
    Animal Sheltering Policies
  • Abandonment of Animals Policy
    This document explains the shelter's policy on the abandonment of animals, per NC General Statutes.
  • PDF Version MS Word Version
  • Bite Policy
    This document explains the shelter's policy on animals that bite a person, per NC General Statutes.
  • PDF Version MS Word Version
    Recommended Animal Sheltering Forms
  • Shelter Registration and Agreement
    A form used for animal registration and to document the owner's agreement to several sheltering conditions.
  • PDF Version MS Word Version
  • Shelter Registration Agreement and Rules
    This form gives a detailed explanation of the shelter's rules regarding animals.
  • PDF Version MS Word Version
  • Shelter Volunteer Agreement and Release of Liability
    A form to document a volunteer's understanding of the risks and rules, releasing the shelter's activating agency of all liability.
  • PDF Version MS Word Version
    Sample Animal Sheltering Plan
  • Sample Sheltering Plan
    This document contains information on finding, staffing, and operating a co-location companion animal shelter,as well as a sample Animal Sheltering Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) from Onslow County, North Carolina.
  • PDF Version MS Word Version
    Sample Animal Sheltering Forms
  • Animal Care Schedule Form (Sample)
    This form gives a detailed explanation of the shelter's rules regarding animals.
  • PDF Version MS Word Version
  • Animal Intake/ Release Form (Sample)
    A form used to record all animal and owner information at animal shelter intake and release.
  • PDF Version MS Word Version
  • Animal Rescue Request Form (Sample)
    A form used to record all requests for animal rescue and rescue efforts made by rescue teams.
  • PDF Version MS Word Version
  • Pet Recovery Residence Entry/ Release Form (Sample)
    An authorization form giving the local government/ animal rescue team permission to enter a residence in order to rescue an animal.
  • PDF Version MS Word Version
  • Lost Dog Report Form (Sample)
    A form used to record information about specific dogs lost during the disaster, including their owner, vet, and last location information.
  • PDF Version MS Word Version
  • Donations Received Form (Sample)
    A form used to record all information regarding donation given to an animal sheltering location during a disaster.
  • PDF Version MS Word Version
  • Emergency Release Form (Sample)
    A form signed by the pet owner releasing the animal shelter of all liability in the care and quartering of the animal during the emergency.
  • PDF Version MS Word Version
  • Animal Release to Foster Care Form (Sample)
    An agreement form releasing an animal from the emergency shelter's care into temporary foster care.
  • PDF Version MS Word Version
  • Lost Animal Alert Form (Sample)
    A form used to record information about specific animals lost during the disaster, including their owner, vet, and medical information.
  • PDF Version MS Word Version
  • Daily Situation/ Shift Report Form (Sample)
    A form used by animal shelter staff/ volunteers to summarize each shift's specifics, activities, and unfinished tasks.
  • PDF Version MS Word Version
  • Animal Release to Veterinary facility Form (Sample)
    An agreement form releasing an animal from the emergency shelter's care into veterinary facility care.
  • PDF Version MS Word Version
  • Equine Shelter Registration Form
    A form used to register horses at equine sheltering facilities, including owner, identification, vaccination, and dietary information.
  • PDF Version MS Word Version
  • Animal Sheltering Site Assessment Worksheet
    A form used to record specific information about a potential animal sheltering location.
  • PDF Version MS Word Version
    North Carolina Animal Sheltering Efforts (November 2006)
    PDF Version PowerPoint Version
    Additional Resources
  • Pet Friendly Shelter in Marion County, Florida
    A PDF document of a slide show demonstrating "pet friendly" sheltering in Marion County, Florida
  • PDF Version MS Word Version
    Other Links
  • North Carolina Division of Emergency Management - The official web site for the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety's Division of Emergency Management.
    http://www.dem.dcc.state.nc.us


  • ReadyNC.org - Information, in English and Spanish, to prepare the people of North Carolina for any type of emergency.
    http://readync.org


  • PetsWelcome.com - A web site offering pet traveling resources, including a list of over 25,000 lodging locations that are pet friendly.
    http://www.petswelcome.com


  • DogFriendly.com - Find dog-friendly lodging, attractions, parks, beaches and outdoor restaurants that allow dogs of ALL sizes.
    http://www.dogfriendly.com


  • PetFriendlyTravel.com -Provides easy access to pet friendly accommodations in the United States and Canada.
    http://www.petfriendlytravel.com


  • TravelPets.com -A free online directory to pet friendly lodging worldwide.
    http://www.travelpets.com



  • CONTACTS
    Joanne Walsh-Weeks, DVM at 919-280-1412 or by e-mail :
  • Joanne.WalshWeeks@ncagr.gov

  • Robert Mann at 919-715-4077 or by e-mail:
  • RMann@NCEM.org

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    Last Updated (January 18, 2007)