Resources for Pet Owners Affected by Hurricane Irma

• Florida, Georgia and South Carolina

Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by Hurricane Irma.

For Banfield clients needing to access their pet's vaccine records:

You can log into your MyBanfield account and click on "vaccination history" underneath your pet's name on the main dashboard page, or access this information from our mobile app.

Status of Banfield Hospitals:

The majority of hospitals are now open, but may have reduced hours. Use our Hospital Locator to find a location, and please give the hospital a call in advance to confirm hours.


As your partner in pet care, we want to ensure you have access to other resources for questions or concerns about your pet if your local Banfield is currently closed.


For Non-Emergency Needs:

Banfield clients can text a health-related question to a veterinarian at for free advice.

Text “Banfield” to 67076 anytime between 6am to Midnight (CDT).

Message rates may apply. Offer valid for Florida and Puerto Rico residents who are existing Banfield clients.


Important Considerations:

  • Vaccine records for your pet may be needed in order for your pet to stay in a shelter if you are displaced. Banfield clients can access their pet's vaccine history by logging into their MyBanfield account, or from our mobile app. For a list of other pet-related items to keep with you, view our disaster preparedness video.
  • Risk of foodborne and waterborne illnesses increases during times of disaster due to contamination. If you suspect your pet has ingested something dangerous, contact a veterinarian immediately – see resources above.  
  • Disasters are stressful for pets, too. Comfort them as appropriate, and if their behavior changes due to the stress, keep them away from other animals and strangers.
  • If your pet is injured, approach with caution, and try not to move them more than necessary. Consult a veterinarian as soon as possible – resources listed above.
  • If your pet is missing, call your local shelters, animal control agencies and your pet’s microchip registrant (e.g. HomeAgain).

Pet-Friendly Evacuation Resources:

For resources for evacuation shelters that provide pet friendly resources, please reach out to the FL State Agriculture Response Team- SART.

Duval County
Chimney Lakes Elementary
Mandarin Middle School
Landmark Middle School

St. Johns County
Timberland Creek Elementary School
South Wood Elementary School

Leon County
Leon County Animal Control

Palm Beach County
Pet Friendly Shelter will open Friday, 10:00 A.M. at West Boynton Recreation Center, 6000 Northtree Blvd., Lake Worth. The pet friendly shelter is available to Palm Beach County residents residing in a mandatory evacuation zone or in mobile homes. Proof of residency is required. Space is limited and restrictions apply. Each pet must be accompanied by only one owner who will stay at the shelter. Other family members will need to stay at nearby Park Vista High School due to space restrictions. Livestock and reptiles will not be accepted. Pets will be housed in a separate area from people. Pet owners will be given a schedule to attend to their animal's needs. Please visit to register.

Miami-Dade County 
You MUST register in advance. Please call 786-331-5354 for a registration packet.

Hernando County
The following pet-friendly shelter will open Friday, September 8 at 2 p.m.:
D.S. Parrott Middle School
19220 Youth Dr.
Brooksville, FL 34601
Designated pet-friendly shelter.

Hillsborough County - Hurricane Irma
The following pet-friendly shelters will be opened on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 8 a.m.:

  • Shields Middle School, 15732 Beth Shields Ways in Ruskin (Pet-Friendly)
  • Bartels Middle School, 9020 Imperial Oak Blvd in Tampa (Pet-Friendly)
  • Smith, Sgt. Paul Middle School, 14303 Citrus Pointe Drive in Tampa (Pet-Friendly)
  • Burnett Middle School, 1010 N Kingsway Road in Seffner (Pet-Friendly)

Manatee County - Hurricane Irma
The following pet-friendly shelters will open at noon on Friday, Sept. 8:

  • Braden River High, 6545 SR 70 East, Bradenton, FL
  • Manatee High School, 1000 32nd Street West, Bradenton, FL
  • Mills Elementary School 7200 69th Street East, Palmetto, FL
Please check pet sheltering requirements and rules.


Pasco County - Hurricane Irma
The following shelters will open Friday, Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. and will begin accepting pets at 4 p.m.:

  • Sunlake High School, 3023 Sunlake Blvd., Land O Lakes
  • Centennial Middle School, 38505 Centennial Rd., Dade City<./li>
  • Fivay High School, 12115 Chicago Ave., Hudson
  • Wiregrass Ranch High School, 2909 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel
  • Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter, located at 11611 Denton Ave., Hudson
Owners must bring pet carriers, leash, vaccination records, food, water, and any other supplies needed for their pets. Please click here for a list of supplies to bring with your pet.


Pinellas County - Hurricane Irma
Three pet-friendly shelters will open at noon on Friday, Sept. 8:

  • Dunedin Highland Middle School, 70 Patricia Ave., Dunedin, FL
  • Oak Grove Middle School, 1370 S. Belcher Rd., Clearwater, FL
  • John Hopkins Middle School, 701 16th Street S., St. Petersburg, FL
The facilities are substantially-built, have large indoor gyms and separate air handlers to ensure the comfort and safety of allergic citizens who shelter there. Residents must preregister themselves and their pets for these pet-friendly shelters, as space is limited. Mobile home residents are given first priority.


Sarasota County - Hurricane Irma
Sarasota County is opening the following pet-friendly shelter on Friday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m.:

  • Woodland Middle School (pet friendly)
    2700 Panacea Blvd.
    North Port
In coordination with the state of Florida, the county has also already opened the following shelter to host evacuees from south Florida:
  • Brookside Middle School (pet friendly)
    3636 S. Shade Ave.
Pet friendly shelters require current vaccination records for dogs and cats.


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)

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
  • In Broward County, a pet friendly shelter is at Millennium Middle School (5803 N.W. 94th Avenue.)

Pet Boarding
Coral Springs Animal Hospital will continue to be available for any emergency or specialty case transfers.  We have also initiated our hurricane boarding protocol which defines “hurricane boarders” as animals that are being housed here while their owners evacuate the area.

Hurricane boarding requirements are as follows:

  1. Owners must provide their own crate/cage if all of our existing accommodations are at capacity.
  2. Owners must provide their own food and water (enough for 5 days.)
  3. Owners must provide their own medications and instructions if needed.
  4. Owners must provide written proof of vaccination.