Being prepared for a disaster means also having a plan in place for your pets. Your plan should include knowing where your nearest shelter is and having a pre-packed emergency pet kit.
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 pre-packed emergency pet kit ready to go at a moment’s notice. As shelters do not stock pet supplies, your pre-packed emergency pet kit should include:
- 14-day supply of food and water in sealed containers
- Crate or carrier for each pet in which they can stand up and turn around
- Leash and collar with owner contact number on collar or ID tag. Be sure that your pet’s microchip is updated with your current contact information before the weather report spells trouble!
- Bedding, towels and toys
- Food and water bowls; can opener (if needed)
- 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
The City & County of Honolulu have a handy online map of all 38 potential refuge area locations, which you can view here.
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. All emergency shelters on Oʻahu are pet-friendly. However, based on the nature of the storm or other circumstances, some shelter locations may be closed and other facilities may be utilized last-minute.
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 to help those with pets. For more information on becoming an emergency pet shelter volunteer, call 808-356-2225 or visit our Volunteer Page.