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Companion Animals

Animals in a co-location shelter

North Carolina residents enjoy a wide variety of animals as pets and part of the job of every good owner is to prepare to take care of them during disasters.  If owners seek shelters, then counties have plans for those animals.  Please click on the linksbelow to see how you need to prepare your pets for a disaster (Preparedness), how to help them just after (response /recovery), and then how you can assist your counties in response activities.

  • Preparedness
  • Response and Recovery
  • Assistance
  • Links


Disaster Kit | Other things to consider | Don't leave your pet at home | Birds | Fish

There are many things you can do to prepare for a disaster if you have pets. Planning ahead will make evacuation much less stressful on everyone.

Items for your pet disaster kit:

  • Two weeks' worth of necessary medication
  • Copies of animal's medical records, including rabies vaccintion records (a rabies tag is not sufficient proof of vaccination if you need to stay in a shelter or hotel)
  • Leash, collar and ID tag for each animal
  • Current photo of each animal, preferably with a family member in the picture
  • Pet carrier or kennel that is large enough for the animal to turn around in. Carrier should have identification information attached (animal's name, owner's name, address and phone number, any allergies or behavioral problems)
  • Two-week supply of food and can opener
  • Potable water
  • Cat litter and litter pan
  • Toys
  • Bedding

Other things to consider in advance

  • Consider permanent identification in case an animal gets separated from you, such as a microchip, tattoo or leg band.
  • Plan ahead where you and your pet will stay, ideally a friend of family member’s safe home or a pet friendly hotel.
  • Check with your county emergency management to learn if pet-friendly shelters will be available.

Don't leave your pet at home. 

  • Plan in advance and never leave your pet unattended.  After a disaster it is never certain when you will be able to access your home if you evacuate.
  • Especially do not leave an animal outside chained to a fence or the house. Animals will be left exposed to the elements, including floodwaters, flying or floating debris, wild animals, etc.




NCDA & CS Emergency Programs Division, John Howard, Director
Mailing Address: 1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh , NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone:  (919) 807-4300 FAX: (919) 807-4303

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