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Animal Care Resources

We've gathered information about common, and not so common, situations of which animal owners should be aware.

Support and Planning Resources

The American Kennel Club is an excellent source of information on pure breed dogs and the AKC Companion Animal Recovery supports microchipping and assists in the recovery of missing pets. 

The Riedel & Cody Fund is a community of caregivers that provides support for people whose beloved pets are suffering with cancer.

The AAHA Helping Pets Fund seeks to improve the lives of pets and works with veterinary practices accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) to identify pets in need.

Rose’s Fund is a tax exempt public charity organized to provide financial assistance to appropriate pet owners.

Angels 4 Animals supports animals whose caretakers find themselves in difficult financial situations.

Brown Dog Foundation offers pet owners an alternative to euthanasia when the pet faces a life-threatening but treatable condition.

Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance provides assistance to cat or kitten guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services that would save the pet.

Help a Pet provides assistance with veterinarian bills for pets of the physically and mentally challenged, the elderly on fixed incomes, and children of families that have difficulty in paying pet care costs.

The  Mosby Foundation assists in the care of sick, injured, abused, and neglected dogs through financial support and public education.

The  Shakespeare Animal Fund assists seniors, disabled, and those with incomes of $23,000 or less obtain emergency pet care.

North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, along with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and numerous other organizations, have assembled useful resources to help veterinarians, animal care providers, and animal owners who find themselves in the path of tornadoes, hurricanes, tropical storms, floods, severe winter weather, or other events requiring emergency response or evacuation.

As noted by in the AVMA’s emergency planning booklet, “Saving the Whole Family,” emergency preparations should include pets and other animals.

The following links provide useful information for disaster planning.

Companion Animals 

American Veterinary Medical Association 

Hurricane Preparedness
Saving the Whole Family

North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services 

Protecting your Pets in a Disaster

United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 

Animals in Disasters

American Red Cross 

Pets and Disaster Safety Checklist

Pet Travel Center.Com 

Pet Emergency Preparedness

NC State CVM – Toni Poston, Class Of 2012 

Emergency Preparedness and Travel for Pet Bird Owners

NC State CVM – Dr. Greg Lewbart’s Aquarium Tips  

Emergency Preparedness for Fish: Dealing with Power Outages for Aquariums and Ponds

Raleigh Aquarium Society and North American Native Fishes Association 

Traveling with pet fish

If you need to evacuate to a shelter with your pet 

If you take pets to a shelter that allows them, you need to have pet supplies, collar with ID, up-to-date vet records, pet carrier, and leash.  A picture of the pet is good to have.  For identification purposes, it is also recommended that pets be microchipped. If there is no shelter that accepts pets, look for local hotels that allow pets such as those listed

NC State William Rand Kenan, Jr. Library Of Veterinary Medicine 

Travel-Ready Pet Resource List


Horses and Disasters: Planning for the Unthinkable

NC Department Of Agriculture and Consumer Services (866-506-6222) 

NC State Extension Horse Husbandry

Hurricane preparations for horse farms

Farm Animals 

Disaster Planning for Farm Animals

North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Emergency Programs Division

Video Resources

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