Advanced planning is essential in the event of a disaster - for you as well as your pet. Disasters such as floods, hurricanes and blizzards may not catch you by surprise, but other disasters may arrive without notice, such as forest fires, gas explosions and leaking hazardous materials. By developing a disaster action plan, you can increase the chances that both you and your pet will survive safely.
It is important to know your options before disaster strikes. Emergency public shelters are not permitted to accept pets due to health and safety concerns. Your local veterinarian and the Atlantic County Office of Emergency Preparedness may help you find other options for your pet.
The Atlantic County Animal Shelter recommends the following:
For more information about helping your pet survive a disaster, please contact the Atlantic County Animal Shelter at (609) 485-2345.