Ready NHC: Pets

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 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 and

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 pet(s) vaccination records and at least a 5-7 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 will shelter pets for free during an emergency. The animal shelter is 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.

Learn more about preparing your pets for an emergency in the video below: 

Emergency Management: 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 115 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-6900 • Fax 910-798-6904
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