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Georgia Department of Agriculture

AKC Pet Disaster Relief - Preparing for Hurricane Irma


Our thoughts go out to everyone in the forecast path of Hurricane Irma. Please take every safety precaution possible to ensure your loved ones – including your pets – are out of harm’s way.


Not knowing the exact path of Hurricane Irma, if you live in the Southeastern part of the US, it is time start your emergency planning, NOW. We hope you, your family, friends and pets stay safe.


If an evacuation is ordered, know your local hurricane evacuation route and have a plan for where you can stay with your pets. The plan should include a designated safe meeting place and out of town emergency contacts.
The safest place for your pets is with you, but not all shelters accommodate pets. Plan ahead! If you are in need of shelter, please refer to this helpful website for pet-friendly emergency sheltering by state. The plan should include a designated safe meeting place and out of town emergency contacts.


Be sure to stock essential supplies in case you lose power and water for several days or you are not able to leave due to flooding or impassable roadways.


  • Important documents
  • Medications
  • Personal identification
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • 3 days of fresh water for you and your pet
  • Cash
  • First aid supplies
  • Pet Supplies: crate, food, microchip information, vet records and a current color photograph of you and your pet
  • Fully charged cell phone


Do not leave your pet at home alone. The safest place for your pet to be is with you!
Most evacuations last only a few days, but sometimes you may not be able to return to your home quickly because of fallen power lines and other hazards.

Your pet should wear a collar with its rabies tag and identification collar tag at all times and have a sturdy crate or carrier for emergency transport.

AKC Reunite Canine Support and Relief Fund

In addition to the AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer donation program, the AKC Reunite Canine Support and Relief Fund can provide resources, support and other assistance to not-for-profit animal shelters and similar not-for-profit organizations that provide care for pets displaced because of Hurricanes Irma or Harvey. Please call 919-816-3980 or email if you become aware of specific needs for relief for companion animals in the area.


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