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Pet Lovers

Here in Louisiana, pets are part of our lives as much as anything else. Let the Louisiana SPCA help you care for your pet! 

Disaster Response

Don’t wait until a hurricane threatens our region, prepare in advance! Just like other members of your household, emergency planning for your pets requires supplies and advance preparation. Pets are members of the family and should be included in disaster preparations. Always include your pets in your evacuation plans and prepare for the worst-case scenario. Do not, under any circumstances, leave your pet behind. 


Before Hurricane Season 

  • Make sure your pet's vaccinations are up-to-date and make copies of your records to take with you. All boarding facilities and veterinarian offices require proof of immunization before accepting pets. 

  • Update your pet's ID tags if needed.Talk to your veterinarian about permanent forms of identification such as microchipping and enrolling your pet in a recovery database. This simple step could be your pet's round-trip ticket home in the event they get lost. Please note that microchipping is mandatory in Orleans Parish for all pets allowed outside.

  • Compile a list of places you can go if you need to evacuate. Consider staying with family or friends outside of the strike zone. Look into pet-friendly hotels, shelters or boarding facilities. Please note the Louisiana SPCA does not board animals. 

What your pet needs for evacuation

  • Food and water – Keep food in an airtight, waterproof container. Water should be in addition to the water you need for yourself and family.

  • Medicine and medical records – Keep an extra supply of medicines your pet takes on a regular basis in a waterproof container. All boarding facilities and veterinarian offices require proof of immunization before accepting animals.

  • Collar with ID tags, harness or leash – Your pet should wear a collar with an up-to-date rabies tag and ID tag at all times. Include a backup leash, collar and ID tag.

  • Crate or other pet carrier – Get a portable, secure and covered pet carrier in advance. The carrier should be large enough so your pet can completely turn around and lie down. Mark your name, address, phone number and alternate contact information on the carrier.

  • Sanitation – Include pet litter, small litter box, newspaper, towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach. Do not use scented or color safe bleaches or those with added cleaners. Use 16 drops of regular bleach per gallon of water.



Orleans Parish residents with special needs who require assistance to evacuate are urged to register with the City of New Orleans to participate in the City Assisted Evacuation Plan (CAEP). This plan includes both residents and their pets. The special needs registry helps the City know who might need extra help during an emergency, including those who:

  • Use life support systems, like oxygen, a respirator, a ventilator, dialysis, a pacemaker, or are insulin dependent
  • Have trouble walking, moving around, or have a prosthesis
  • Are blind, deaf, hard of hearing, or have trouble seeing
  • Have speech, developmental, or mental health disabilities
  • Use service animals

Once you sign up, the New Orleans Health Department will work with you to create an evacuation plan. Based on your need, you might need to be picked up from your home in a bus. Or you might need an ambulance or other accommodation. Your pets will be picked up from your home before you are picked up. Register online at or call 3-1-1.


For more information about how to prepare for hurricane season, visit or call 1.800.BE.READY. 


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