Disaster Readiness

What to bring to an emergency shelter

Pets owners evacuating to an emergency shelter should bring a crate or carrier that’s large enough to accommodate the pet comfortably. Be sure you have a pet disaster preparedness kit prepared. This includes:

  • 14-day supply of food and water in sealed containers
  • Crate or carrier for each pet in which he can stand up and turn around in
  • Leash and collar with owner contact number on collar or ID tag*
  • Bedding, towels and toys
  • Treats
  • Food and water bowls; can opener
  • Medications
  • Grooming supplies
  • Cleaning supplies for crates and litter boxes
  • Cat litter in sealed containers with litter pan
  • Vaccine records, microchip number and other paperwork
  • Veterinary information
  • Photographs of your pet
  • Pet first aid kit

Pets need a microchip, an ID tag, collar and a leash, as well as a two-week supply of the following: food, medications and litter for cats. You can download our disaster preparedness brochure for more information.

Dogs or cats can be microchipped at your private veterinarian or at the Hawaiian Humane Society. 


Oʻahu pet-friendly shelters

In the event of a disaster, listen to radio and television broadcasts to find out if your nearest shelter will be open. Depending on the nature of the emergency, not all shelters may open.

Be sure to take your pets with you to emergency shelters. Do not leave them behind during emergencies. Remember, if it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for your pet.


Become an emergency pet shelter volunteer

As designated first responders, the Hawaiian Humane Society partners with the City & County of Honolulu to assist in disaster planning and response. Hawaiian Humane supports the community and emergency shelters islandwide with volunteers and emergency supplies.  For more information on becoming an emergency pet shelter volunteer, call 356-2225 or visit our Volunteers Page.