When potentially disastrous weather is in the forecast, it's best to prepare early! It’s always better to be safe than sorry, and there’s no time like right now to make sure you have everything you – and your pet – need in the event of a weather-related disaster. Here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare:
1. Make sure your pets’ microchip information is up-to-date, and that your dogs are wearing collars with identification tags! In the event that your pet is separated from you, this is an incredible safety measure to ensure that whoever finds them will be able to find you, too.
2. Make sure you have the needed supplies and important documents for each of your pets. Check out our Pet Preparedness Disaster Kit Checklist for a handy list.
3. If you are evacuating, make sure the place you’re going allows pets. There are two shelters in Fairfax County that will allow pets (Chantilly High School and Thomas Edison High School) but please check to make sure they will be open. Hotels are not required to accept pets, so please plan accordingly!
4. If you absolutely need to shelter your pets while you get to safety, we will accept pets of Fairfax County residents for temporary safekeeping at the shelter and are preparing kennel space just in case. If you do need to bring your pet(s) to our shelter, PLEASE bring vaccination history and any medications they are on, and preferably a bag of whatever food they’re eating as well. If you need assistance getting your pets to safety, please call Animal Protection Police at 703-691-2131.