Evacuating with your Pets
Pet-Friendly Evacuation Centers (PFEC) are available for residents living in high-risk, flood-prone areas, including barrier islands, coastal communities, mobile homes, or anyone living in the Storm Surge Planning Zone and has been ordered to evacuate. A family member must stay with the pet at the PFEC and the pet must be contained in a crate or pet-carrier.
The PFEC locations will be announced as they are opened prior to the storm’s arrival. Visit www.miamidade.gov, call 311 Contact Center or monitor your local news to keep up with the latest information. Animals accepted include: dogs, cats, ferrets, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, common household birds and certain breeds of rabbits under 10 pounds. All animals will be examined, but not vaccinated or offered medical treatment, by a licensed veterinarian to determine if the animal presents a safety risk.
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING TO A PET-FRIENDLY EVACUATION CENTER
- Proof of residency within an evacuation zone
- ID tags placed on appropriate collars
- Current medical and vaccination records for each pet. Annual rabies vaccinations (for cats and dogs) and a visible Miami-Dade County dog license are required
- A 3-day supply of food and supplies for the pets, as well as a suitable carrier or crate; collar, leash or muzzle; food bowls, and bedding material and toys