Long Island, New York
Steven Bellone, County Executive
Suffolk County will provide Pet Friendly shelters where you and your pet can go in the event of of an Evacuation or Emergency. The Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management has identified the following facilities to serve as Pet Friendly Shelters during times of emergency.
Pet Friendly Shelters are for DOGS, CATS AND BIRDS ONLY.
NO REPTILES, EXOTICS OR FARM ANIMALS ARE ALLOWED
Please note: Space at these facilities is extremely limited and will be provided on a first come first serve basis and should only be considered as a last resort.
Every effort will be made to accommodate all family members along with their pet at the Pet Friendly Shelter, however it may be necessary to limit to only one family member staying with the pet. In such cases remaining family members will be directed to the nearest open American Red Cross General Population Shelter.
It should also be noted that the following Pet Friendly Shelters may not be all opened at the same time. Not every emergency requires opening a pet friendly shelter, therefore, when an emergency event requires the opening of a Pet Friendly Shelter, residents should check this website and listen for announcements as to which Pet Friendly Shelters are open.
The list of shelters below is provided to help you plan for an emergency. The fact that these shelters are listed here does not indicate that they are open.
When Pet Shelters are opened we will post this information prominently on the web page and release it to the media.
Suffolk County Fire Academy
Yaphank, NY 11980
The Islip-Bentwood Recreation Center
99 3rd Avenue
Brentwood, NY 11751
Suffolk County Community College--Eastern Campus
Woodlands and Corchaug Buildings
121 Speonk-Riverhead Road
Riverhead, NY 11901
What is a Pet Friendly Shelter?
A pet friendly shelter is defined as a location where the pet owners and their pets can be housed together or where the pets are adjacent to the owner’s shelter. This type of sheltering enables the owner to be care for their pet.
Who can I expect to see at a Pet Friendly Shelter?
Suffolk County CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Volunteers and Suffolk County Employee Volunteers trained in Shelter Operations and Management will be responsible for managing the human portion of the Pet Friendly Shelter.
The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SC SPCA) will be responsible for managing the pet portion of the Pet Friendly Shelter as per the “Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Pet Friendly Sheltering Plan.”
What you will need to bring with you:
For you and your family:
When you arrive at the shelter you and your other family members should have the following items with you:
For your pets:
When you bring your pets to a designated pet friendly shelter you must have the following with you:
All items brought to the shelter must be clearly marked with the owners and pets identification including cage/carrier.
What should I expect?
Upon arrival, your pet will be examined by a veterinarian to insure that your pet’s shots and vaccinations are current and that your pet is in good health and not a threat to the other animals in the shelter. Once accepted and registered into the shelter, you will be given a location to place your pet’s cage/carrier and provided with a schedule to feed your pet and attend to your pets needs. You will also be provided with the shelter rules and assigned a dormitory.
Suffolk County is working to identify additional facilities to serve as Pet Friendly Shelters. As agreements are entered into, those facilities will be listed on this website.
Joseph F. Williams
John G. Jordan Sr.
Director of the Office of Emergency Management
PO BOX 127
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) coordinates the county's response to natural or man made disasters. OEM personnel are responsible for the operations of the county's Emergency Operation Center (EOC) and work with local, state, and federal officials in shelter management, planning, resource management, and radiological response coordination.
Phone: (631) 852-4900
Fax: (631) 852-4922
© Suffolk County Government, 2015