Pet Care In Natural Disasters

Whatever plans you make for yourself, remember to include your pets. If you’re riding out the storm in the home of a family member, friend or neighbor, take your pets with you.

If you stay at home, remember to stay together. Keep your pet in a crate or carrier and find a safe area where you will all be together. Keep their collar and tag on in case you get separated. It’s always best to microchip your pets since they tend to lose their collars.

We encourage pet owners residing in an evacuation zone, unsafe structure or trailer to come to a pet-friendly evacuation shelter.

Animal Supplies Checklist

Before disaster strikes, pet owners are encouraged to review the Animal Supplies Checklist to learn how to prepare pets before, during and after a disaster.

Stray Animals After A Storm

Wild or stray domestic animals can pose a danger during or after the passage of a hurricane. Do not corner a disoriented or displaced animal. If an animal must be removed, contact Daytona Beach animal control personnel.

If you are bitten by any animal, seek immediate medical attention. If you are bitten by a snake, try to accurately identify the type of snake so that if poisonous the correct anti-venom can be administered. Do not cut the wound or attempt to suck the venom out. 

Certain animals may carry rabies. Although the virus is rare, care should be taken to avoid contact with stray animals and rodents. The Volusia County Health Department can provide information on the types of animals that carry rabies in your area.

Pet-Friendly Shelters

We encourage pet owners residing in qualified evacuation zones, unsafe structures or trailers to come to one of the pet-friendly shelter.

Evacuation shelters will be announced as needed. 

For a list of kennels and hotels/motels that can shelter your pet, please contact Volusia County Animal Services.

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