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Pet Owners

Pet preparedness

Pets are a part of your family, so make sure you're planning for them too.

During a hurricane

Sheltering in Place with pets

Evacuating with Pets

  • Plan where you're going ahead of time. Many hotels will not take pets.
  • If you plan to board your pet, know that most kennels require your vet's medical records.
  • Read more about evacuating.

City-Assisted Evacuation and Pets

  • Have an ID collar, leash, medications, and a carrier for your pet.
  • Small pets that are 20 lbs or less can ride with you on the bus. Larger pets will be taken on a separate bus by LSPCA. 
  • When you register onsite for CAE, you'll register your pet’s information too. We track where everyone in your family is going, including your pet. ​
  • Your pet will be taken to an animal shelter near where you're sheltered. You'll care for your pet at the animal shelter. 
  • Read more about City-assisted evacuation.

During extreme heat

During Winter Weather

  • If it’s too cold for you outside, it’s too cold for your pets. Pets should be brought indoors during the cold weather.
  • If you can’t bring your pets indoors, their outdoor shelter should provide adequate protection from high winds and lower temperatures. 
  • Provide them with a sheltered enclosure and include blankets and pillows to provide them with additional warmth.

During a boil water advisory

During lightning or flooding

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