Disaster Planning for Your Pets

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Being prepared for an emergency means thinking about the needs of all the members of your family – including pets. You may be able to stay in your home or you may have to evacuate. It’s important to have a plan for either situation. Take time to check out the information and resources we have listed here, including the location of pet-friendly emergency shelters in Manatee County.
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Braden River High School
6545 SR 70
Bradenton 34202
Manatee High School
1000 32nd St. W.
Bradenton 34205
Not all shelters will be open. Local radio stations will announce the shelter openings in each county.
Only evacuation shelters that are specifically designated as Pet Friendly will allow pets. You are responsible for the care, feeding and handling of your pets and will need to bring the following:
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Proper ID collar and rabies license tag
Carrier or cage
Water and food bowls
Food supply to last about two weeks
Special care instructions
Newspapers/plastic bags for waste disposal
Litter box, scoop and litter
Toys and comfort items
Muzzles, if necessary
First aid supplies
Manual can opener and pet food can lids
ID on all belongings
If available, photograph of you with your pet
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Kristin Dabasinskas, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, and soon to be affiliated with the Coastal Animal Medical Center at Lakewood Ranch, addressed CERT in July 2016 on Disaster Preparedness for Pets. Click Here for a PDF copy of this extremely comprehensive and helpful presentation.
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For More Information

Report Stray or Found Dogs & Cats
Manatee County Animal Services (No-Kill Shelter)
Animal Attacks
Call 911 Immediately
Report Wild Animals
Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission
Report Stray Horses and Livestock
Manatee County Sheriff Agricultural Unit
Pet Rescue & Animal Shelters
Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch
Honor Sanctuary
Humane Society of Manatee County (microchipping service)
Find Pet-Friendly Hotels & Motels
Pet Disaster Planning
American Veterinary Medical Association: Saving the Whole Family PDF download
www.AVMA.org/disaster See left side of web page Disaster Preparedness Materials
Disaster Planning for Your Pets | Lakewood Ranch Community Emergency Response Team