Information on Sheltering
Potential temporary animal shelter sites can include empty buildings, fairgrounds, barns, school gyms, or buildings with fenced-in areas. It's beneficial to find locations near or adjacent to established human shelters. Facilities for temporary sheltering of livestock and horses might include fairgrounds, ranches, or boarding stables. If possible, the plan should identify several sites in different parts of the community.
Pet-friendly shelters put animals and their owners in close-enough proximity that the owners can provide the majority of care for their pets. As public education campaigns become more successful in convincing animal owners not to leave their pets behind during disasters, more families are seeking safe haven with their animals in tow. Although temporary animal shelters fill the need by providing a safe place for pets, some owners resist being separated from their animals.
Foster care means that an animal is cared for in a private home or stable within the community on a temporary basis. In smaller events, temporary shelters may be able to handle displaced animals. However, when the scope of a disaster is very large, a foster program may be considered until animals can be returned to their owners or their owners are located.