“Pet-friendly” describes a human emergency shelter located in the same area or facility as an emergency shelter for pets. Typically, pet owners are allowed to care for their own animals.
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With the exception of service animals, state health and safety regulations generally prohibit sheltering humans and animals in the same room. Separate areas help reduce health risks for humans, especially people with compromised immune systems and people with asthma or allergies to animal dander, feathers, or fur. Keeping animals in a separate location also helps reduce the risk of human injury from animal bites and scratches.
Pet-friendly shelters usually are organized by local animal control offices or county/state animal response teams in partnership with the local mass care provider (American Red Cross, social services, a church, or a school board; visit your local Emergency Management Agency office to learn which group has that responsibility). Other pet-friendly shelter partners include animal care organizations, private businesses, local media, and nonprofit organizations.
Your Plan Should Include All Family Members (Protect Your Pets, American Red Cross)
Family Preparedness (Make a Plan, Extension Disaster Education Network)
Shelter Operations: Pet-Friendly Shelters (Best practices from FEMA)