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When a wildfire threatens, be ready

Pet Emergency Preparedness

A wildfire burns nearby and suddenly you and your family are forced to evacuate, but what about your pet?
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND in the event of an evacuation. Pets left in areas affected by disasters may not survive on their own and are difficult to locate and reunite with their families after a disaster. Below are emergency preparedness steps and supplies you’ll need to keep your beloved pet safe. If a wildfire is burning near your home and it’s difficult for you to breathe, it’s just as hard for your pet. Poor air quality due to smoke can cause smoke-related illness in pets. Bring your pet indoors and monitor them for signs of breathing difficulty. If you and your family are on evacuation notice, below are emergency preparedness steps and supplies you’ll need to keep your beloved pet safe:

Pet Emergency Supplies

A pet emergency preparedness kit should have the supplies below to help keep your pet fed and secure during evacuations due to hurricanes:


  • pet tag with your cell phone number
  • vaccination/medical records
  • veterinary contact information
  • a current photo of your pet



  • 1 week supply of food (in waterproof container)
  • bottled water
  • portable food & water bowls
  • manual can opener (if using canned food)
  • list of feeding routine & behavioral needs/considerations


Emergency Pet Housing

Emergency relief shelters often cannot accept pets due to public health concerns. Below are some housing or boarding options for evacuees and their pets.

PetSmart PetsHotel

Our PetsHotel can help ease the stress of an evacuation. We provide much needed boarding and care for up to several days—for both dogs and cats—and our trained staff dispenses medication and provides walks. Plus, we also have 24/7 care and a veterinarian is always on call.
Find a location near you.

Pet-friendly hotels or housing alternatives

If you have a guide dog, service animal or would rather not be separated from your pet, find pet-friendly hotels near your emergency-shelter site or a safe area away from disaster zones. While these can be good alternatives remember that fees, additional deposits and pet size restrictions may apply.
Here is a list of pet-friendly hotels

After the fire

After a wildfire, scents, comforts and landmarks familiar to your pet may have been eradicated. Pets may become stressed and disoriented by these changes. Before allowing your pet to roam without a leash, check the area and be sure that any smoldering debris, downed power lines or anything that can cause harm to you and your pet has been cleared away.

Pet Emergency Preparedness Resources