Miami-Dade County pet friendly shelters

Published On: Feb 16 2012 11:23:10 AM EST
Updated On: May 02 2013 11:04:27 AM EDT

Are there any pet friendly evacuation centers?

Yes, there are currently two centers who accept pets during emergencies:

  • E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion
    10901 S.W. 24 Street, Miami, FL 33199
  • Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High
    1410 NE 215 Street (County Line Road), Miami, FL 33179

Who Can Participate in the Pet Friendly Evacuation Centers?

Pet owners residing in evacuation zones, unsafe structures or trailers can participate.

What are the requirements to participate in one of the 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 (4) pets per household
  • Family member must remain in the PEC with the pet(s)

What types of pets are accepted at the centers?

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Gerbils
  • Guinea pigs
  • Hamsters
  • Mice/rats
  • Rabbits (small-sized, under 10 pounds, such as California or Dutch breeds)
  • Ferrets
  • Birds

How do I pre-register for one of the pet friendly centers?

Call 3-1-1 to request an application, or download the Pet-Friendly Evacuation Center Application Adobe Acrobat logo. Submission of the Pet Friendly Hurricane Evacuation Center Application Package does not guarantee acceptance into the shelter. A tentative acceptance letter will be sent upon receipt and verification of eligibility.

Please be sure to complete both sections of the application.

Miami-Dade County Animal Services does not board animals during emergencies. The shelter will be crowded due to displaced animals immediately after a storm, and it is not possible to kennel owned animals prior to a emergency event.

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.

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