Pet Friendly Shelters

Pet-Friendly Evacuation Centers

Pet owners residing in qualified evacuation zones, unsafe structures or mobile homes can participate in the Pet-Friendly Evacuation Centers (PEC). Pet friendly evacuation centers accept more than just cats and dogs. They also accept birds, ferrets, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats and rabbits (small-sized, under 10 pounds, such as California or Dutch breeds). There are currently two centers that accept families with their pets during emergencies:

  • E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion
    10901 SW 24th St.
    Miami, FL 33165
  • Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High
    1410 County Line Road
    Miami, FL 33179

Note: Not all pet-friendly evacuation centers are open for every storm.

Pet Friendly Hotels

Check out this website and enter your city and state information to get a list of pet-friendly hotels in your area.

Requirements for admittance to Pet Friendly Evacuation Centers:

  • Provide proof of residency within an evacuation zone
  • Present medical and current vaccination records for each pet. Annual rabies vaccinations and a visible Miami-Dade County dog license are required by Miami-Dade County Code. Strict enforcement concerning these violations is essential to ensure a rabies-free community. Cats are also required to have annual rabies vaccinations.
  • Pet owners must bring supplies for themselves and their pet(s)
  • Limit four pets per household
  • Family member must remain in the PEC with the pet(s)

For more information, see the Frequently asked questions on disaster preparedness and visit the Miami-Dade County Department of Emergency Management.

*Animal Services does not board animals during emergencies. The Pet Adoption and Protection Center will be crowded due to displaced animals immediately after a storm, and it is not possible to kennel owned animals prior to an emergency event.

American Red Cross Resources

After a disaster, letting your family and friends know that you are safe and well can bring your loved ones great peace of mind.

The following services are designed to help make that communication easier.