Saturday, September 04, 2004

Hurricane Frances - Pets

This is from an email I received. Can't vouch for any of it, so phone first!

Hello, all.

I've been very concerned about the issue of where
people can take their pets during hurricanes, besides
motels or hotels that quickly fill up, so I've been
compiling some info. Please note I am in the
Jacksonville area and therefore, do not have intimate
knowledge of all these locations; for now, I can only
provide the general info and for those of you in those
areas, you will need to check out the specifics and

Here is the list I have so far of a few more places
where you and your pets will be allowed during the
hurricane. Since these places will probably fill up
quickly, please double check their status if possible,
before heading out, animal in tow:

Seminole County
Sanlando United Methodist Church Ministries
Emergency Shelter in Longwood

Brevard County
* The Melbourne Greyhound Park (pets and people)
* Brevard County's Animal Services and Enforcement
division - both north and south county animal shelters
(pets only, not people)

Animal Rescue League of the Palm Beaches
Pets can ride out the storm here, free, on a
first-come, first-serve basis, if you live in a
mandagory evacuation zone. This Humane Society
operation is located at 3200 N. Military Trail in West
Palm Beach, about a mile north of Okeechobee Boulevard
(686-3663). You'll need to take food and a carrier for
your own pet. (This is in case you can't find any
other place for you AND your's for pets only;
you'll need to find a separate facility for yourself.)

Volusia county
Pet shelter: Volusia County Fairgrounds, 3150 E. State
Road 44 DeLand (1/4 mile east of Interstate 4 on State
Road 44). Transportation also is provided at regular
bus stops if animals are in crates.

Lake and Sumter counties

Three shelters in Lake County — Astatula Elementary
School, Lost Lake Elementary School in Clermont and
Villages Elementary School — will accept pets with
their people.

Charlotte County
North Port High School (6400 W. Price Blvd.) in North
Port accepts people and their pets.

Manatee County
Emergency leaders opened people and pet-friendly
shelters at:
Lee Middle, 4000 53rd Ave. W.,
Lincoln Middle, 305 17th St. E., Palmetto; and Manatee
High, 1000 32nd St. W.

As far as motels and hotels, there may be some room
left at some locations. My Web site,,
has an excellent listing of pet-friendly facilities.
Earlier this year, we personally called and verified
policies, but you'll still want to call for room
availablity and to verify pets are still allowed. I
always say, "A location's pet policy is only as
friendly as their last bad pet-related experience."
Check out our list here:

In addition, in case you have to go outside Florida to
find accomodations, the following motel/hotel chains
are, IN GENERAL, pet-friendly, but when you call to
check on room availablity, also verify their pet

Best Western Inns 1-800-528-1234
Comfort Inns 1-800-228-5150
Days Inn 1-800-329-7466
Econo Lodge 1-800-553-2666
Holiday Inn 1-800-465-4329
Howard Johnson 1-800-465-4329
La Quinta Inn 1-800-531-5900
Motel 6 1-800-466-8356
Quality Inn 1-800-228-5151
Ramada Inn 1-800-228-2828
Red Roof Inn 1-800-843-7663
Residence Inn 1-800-331-3131
Super 8 Motels 1-800-800-8000

Hope this list helps some folks. Everyone be smart and

Kind Regards,

"Pets are part of the family, so take them along! has pet-friendly resources and information for Florida residents and visitors.

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