Evacuating for Hurricane Florence? Some NC shelters will welcome your pets
Just as a number of North Carolina counties are offering refuge from Hurricane Florence, many shelters also offer solutions for keeping our pets.Posted — Updated
If you are evacuating your home to escape Hurricane Florence, or perhaps a loved one or friend from the eastern part of North Carolina is hoping to get out its path, you may be concerned about what to do about your fur family.
Our pets are as much a part of our families as the humans who share our walls, so it's understandable that you want to keep them safe during the storm.
According to Purina, neither veterinarians nor animal behaviorists can agree what part of a storm causes pets the most stress. Needless to say, though, the triggers – whether it being loud noises, flashing lights or something else – will run the gamut when Florence nears.
Keeping in mind our pets are our family, if you evacuate ahead of the hurricane, it is important to remember to take your pets with you.
"If it isn't safe for you, it isn't safe for your pets," the Humane Society of the United States insists. "You have no way of knowing how long you'll be kept out of the area, and you may not be able – or allowed – to go back for your pets. Pets left behind in a disaster can easily be injured, lost or killed."
Just as a number of counties are offering refuge from the storm, many shelters also offer solutions for keeping our furry family safe. Nearly three-dozen shelters offer pet-friendly sanctuary from Florence, while many other counties will help you find a safe shelter to keep your pet.
Alamance, Beaufort, Edgecombe, Franklin, Guilford, Martin, Orange, Pitt and Sampson all offer alternative solutions to the general population shelters opened for the storm.
Shelters require pet owners to provide proof of ownership, a current rabies vaccination and shot records. Pet owners should also bring bedding, a kennel, bowls, medicine, and enough food for several days for their fur family.
Most shelters also require that pet owners to stay at a general-population shelter in the county, meaning if you choose to stay at home, keep your pets with you.
If you are planning to stay at The Lamb's Chapel in Haw River in Alamance County, staff from Burlington Animal Shelter will be on hand to take your pets to the shelter until a time when you can safely pick them up after the storm.
In Beaufort, evacuees can board their pets at Beaufort County Animal Control. Proof of rabies vaccination is required; otherwise, pet owners will need to pay $10 for their pet to be vaccinated.
Edgecombe County is offering an animal shelter at 2906 Anaconda Road in Tarboro.
While the Louisburg Senior Center in Franklin County will not allow pets, the Franklin County Animal shelter is open to pets of Franklin County citizens who need to evacuate their homes during the storm.
In Guilford County, Animal Services will be available at the Glenwood Recreation Center to assist those who have pets.
Residents of Martin County who have domestic animals (read: dogs and cats) and are evacuating to the Riverside Middle School shelter can take their animals to the Martin Community College horse arena at 1161 Kehukee Park Road in Williamston.
Service animals for the hearing and visually impaired will be allowed in Orange County shelters. Otherwise, Animal Services staff will be on hand to board pets in the best manner possible.
In Pitt County, pets and other non-service animals are not permitted in general population shelters. However, emergency animal sheltering options will be available through the Pitt County Animal Shelter located at 4550 County Home Road in Greenville.
And in Sampson County, a pet shelter is available at Livestock Arena, located at 93 Agriculture Place in Clinton. The shelter is only available to residents staying in a general population shelter, and pets must be picked up from the shelter within three hours after the general population shelters close.
Below is a list of general-population shelters that have been designated as pet-friendly.
Windsor, NC 27983
Bladenboro, NC 28320
Southport, NC 28461
Leland, NC 28451
Shallotte, NC 28470
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Tyner, NC 27980
New Bern, NC 28562
Fayetteville, NC 28311
Fayetteville, NC 28304
Hope Mills, NC 28348
Warsaw, NC 28398
Durham, NC 27707
Snow Hill, NC 28580
Weldon, NC 27890
Raeford, NC 28376
Benson, NC 27504
Sanford, NC 27332
Kinston, NC 28501
Charlotte, NC 28277
Charlotte, NC 28212
Huntersville, NC 28078
Charlotte, NC 28273
Charlotte, NC 28210
Carthage, NC 28327
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
St. Pauls, NC 28384
Garner, NC 27529
Raleigh, NC 27610
Wilson, NC 27893
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