Plan ahead for pet care in an emergency

Every pet owner, especially people living in hurricane evacuation areas, should have a plan in place to care for pets in the event of an emergency. Know ahead of time where your pets will go and how they will get there in the event that you must evacuate your residence. Be prepared ahead of time – evacuation situations can arise with little or no warning.

Our local and regional emergency human shelters are operated by The American Red Cross. Red Cross emergency shelters cannot and will not allow pets in a shelter. Documented service animals (seeing eye dogs) are permitted. If you are planning to go to a Red Cross shelter you must make arrangements to shelter your pets elsewhere.

Make arrangements with family members or friends who live nearby to care for your pets in the event of an emergency. Choose locations outside the hurricane evacuation areas. Know ahead of time what you will need to bring with your pet. Helpful planning information is available from the Portsmouth Police Department, The Robert Potter League, and FEMA (see links below.)

The Robert Potter League in Middletown can shelter a limited number of pets. Please contact the Potter League for more information:

The Potter League for Animals
87 Oliphant Lane
Middletown, RI
Tel. 401-846-8276

Pet information is available from the Portsmouth Police Dept at

Portsmouth Animal Control Officer Ariel Fisher can be reached at 401-643-0136

You can obtain a list of local pet-friendly hotels and motels from

Helpful information from our partners at FEMA is available from

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