Pet Safety

When creating your emergency plan and preparing your disaster supply kit, be sure to include the needs of your pets. If you evacuate for an emergency, you will need to take your pets with you or make arrangements for them to be taken care of while you are away from home. For more information about preparing your pets for an emergency, visit Prepare Your Pets for Disasters.

During an emergency event in which the county opens shelters for residents, at least one of the shelters will be designated as a pet co-location. Please note:

  • Only cats and dogs will be accepted at the county's pet co-location shelter
  • Owners must stay at the shelter with their pets
  • Pets will be housed in a separate area of the shelter because of health and safety concerns
  • Bring your vaccination records and at least a 5 to 7-day supply of food

In an emergency situation, it is best to keep your pets with you if possible. If you need to evacuate and can't take your pets, New Hanover County Animal Services may be able to help identify options to shelter your pet. This could include sheltering pets at a co-location emergency shelter and connecting with community partners to help with pet sheltering.  We do not want to ever leave a pet in danger, so as a last resort it may be possible to use space at the County animal shelter (located at 180 Division Drive in Wilmington). Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call 910-798-7500 with questions.

Plan what to do for your pets well before an emergency occurs!