Urgent preparation for a Hurricane and your pet’s care in South Florida

Tropical storms and hurricanes make landfall in South Florida often.  Fun Paw Care is located in South Florida and we operate our dog training and pet care services in Miami and South Florida. We always prepare for the worst weather and hope for the best. When a storm is threatening South Florida, we contact all of our clients with their pets in our care and will not take new appointments during the storm and until after the storm or threat passes. As with fireworks, natural disaster preparation is an important time to condition your dogs to nontraditional environments, loud noises and to stock up on non-perishables and essential gear for you and your family with special consideration given to your pets. Also, please don’t forget about all of the loved ones who may be disabled or elderly in your community and neighbors that may need your assistance during these times. We will keep you posted with the most up-to-date news here on our blog and on our social media pages.

Remember, if the conditions are not safe for you, they are not safe for you pets!  Very important, please make sure your microchip data (your email, address and phone number) is up-to-date!  So many people forget to update all of this information that the microchip becomes useless when you need it the most. Dog tags fall off or are taken off, microchips are the way to go.

Microchip your pet

Hurricane Essentials:

Here are some essentials to have prepared and ready to go for your pet/s in the event that a tropical storm, hurricane or natural disaster threatens to make landfall in your area: (It is very important to bookmark and print this out for reference before power/internet goes out )

  • Food and water for at least 2 weeks
  • Waterproof covered containers and many zip lock bags
  • Collapsible food and water bowls
  • Water purifying tablets, filters or SteriPEN
  • Treats (many)
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlights, lots of batteries (all types)
  • Solar or battery operated radio
  • Fill up your vehicle with gas before the storm comes (gas pumps do not operate without electricity)
  • Get cash, small bills (ATM’s do not operate without electricity)
  • Charge all electronic devices (phones, computers….etc.) and batteries before the storm comes
  • Towels and extra paper towels
  • Ice to keep the refrigerator/freezer and essentials cool
  • Turn refrigerator and freezer to highest (coldest) setting in anticipation of power outage
  • Candles
  • Medications
  • Physical proof of current, up-to-date licence, rabies, vaccination records printed out and on digital media
  • Utility bill for proof of residence
  • Canine Good Citizen (CGC), Therapy dog, Emotional Support Animal and service dog certifications and/or doctor letters
  • Pet first aid supplies
  • Bug spray (pet friendly)
  • Sun Screen (pet friendly)
  • Mushers Paw protection – an all-natural, plant based, food grade wax that you apply to your dog’s paw pads
  • Consider purchasing dog boots to protect your dog’s paws from the elements
  • Dog life jacket/vest
  • All in waterproof bags and containers (including dry food)
  • Crates large enough for your pet to stand up comfortably and to turn around in and bedding
  • Special toys or comfort items, to relieve boredom and reduce stress
  • Special consideration for pets with separation anxiety, fears and phobias, especially due to storms and inclement weather
  • Leashes, collars, harnesses, towels and bed (and extra leashes and collars)
  • Poop bags
  • Kitty litter for at least 14 days and litter box
  • Identify places that are safe for you and your pets to stay at before the storm comes (locally, regionally and out of state)
  • Plan well in advance, evacuation routs and places to stay in case of emergencies (locally, regionally and out of state)
  • CURRENT PHOTOS of your pet/s (Both together, and by themselves, digital, physical and in the cloud ’email’) and descriptions, include detailed markings of your pets are very important to help find them if they get lost or you become separated and in order to prove that you are your pet’s guardian. Bring many photos as some shelters require several that will not be returned.

Please remember, leaving your pet at home is not only cruel but against the law. The more planning you do beforehand the better.  When you have pets in your life, you will need extra time to plan and prepare, please start that now if you have not done so already.

Hurricane preparedness

In all shelters a guardian/pet parent must stay with your pet unless other specified

Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade Animal Services Pet-Friendly Evacuation System (305) 884 – 1101

This is first come first serve and does not guarantee your space in a shelter. Pet guardians residing in qualified evacuation zones, unsafe structures or trailers may participate in the Pet-Friendly Evacuation Centers.

Pet guardians must create a User ID and a password to access and submit the required Pet-Friendly Evacuation Center Form prior to disaster. A tentative acceptance letter will be sent upon receipt and verification of eligibility

Pet Friendly Shelters:

E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion
10901 SW 24th St.
Miami, FL 33165

Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High
1410 County Line Road
Miami, FL 33179

  • American Red Cross  (305) 644 – 1200
  • Miami-Dade Code Compliance  (305) 375 – 2901
  • Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management (305) 468 – 5400
  • Miami-Dade Emergency Evacuation Assistance Program (305) 513 – 7700
  • Miami-Dade Special Needs Hotline/Registry (305) 513 – 7700
  • Special Transportation Services (305) 630 – 5300

 

Broward County

Residents living in an evacuation zone, or in a mobile home, must preregister for the pet-friendly shelter in person at the:

Broward County Animal Care and Adoption (954) 359 – 1313
1870 SW 39th St
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

Humane Society of Broward County (954) 989 – 3977
2070 Griffin Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Pet Friendly Shelters:

Tamarac Millennium Middle School (754) 322-3900
5803 NW 94th Ave
Tamarac, FL

  • American Red Cross (954) 763 – 9900
  • Animal Care and Regulation (954) 359 – 1313
  • Broward County Hurricane Hotline (954) 831 – 4000
  • Broward  Emergency Management Agency (954) 831 – 3900
  • Broward Special Needs Registry and Shelter (954) 357 – 6385

 

Palm Beach County

Residents living in an evacuation zone, or in a mobile home, must preregister for the pet-friendly shelter online or in person at the:

Animal Care and Control  (561) 233 – 1266
7100 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, 33411

Pet Friendly Shelters:

West Boynton Recreation Center (561) 966 – 6600
6000 North Tree Boulevard
Lake Worth

The Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League (561) 472 – 8874
(must preregister before – nonhuman animals only)
3200 N Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL 33409

 

Florida Emergency Information Line (activated during an emergency) (800)342 3557

Florida hotels and shelters that may accept pets

Pet Friendly Travel (Pet Friendly Hotels)

FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (800) 621- 3362

National Hurricane Center

www.Ready.gov