Animal Care Facilities

‚ÄčAnimal Care Facilities

Pets and other animals (e.g. livestock) are not able to prepare for or take necessary steps to protect themselves during emergencies. There are a number of organizations in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area that play a role in animal care during emergency situations. For more information on what each organization can assist with, check out their pages. 

In the event of an emergency and you are unable to care for your pet due to evacuation or other circumstances, check with Animal Care and Control to see if they can assist. Don't leave your pets behind during emergencies!

The Humane Society of Charlotte has helpful information about pet emergency and disater preparedness. They provide low cost microchipping every Wednesday from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Microchipping is a great way to help reconnect with your pet if you get separated during an emergency.

It is important to care for your pet before, during, and after emergencies. The American Red Cross has great information on how to do just that. Did you know that if the American Red Cross opens a shelter in our community for a disaster that you can bring your pets with you?

‚ÄčResources for Animal Care Facilities

  • FEMA Independent Study Online Courses: FEMA's Emergency Management Institute provides a variety of free online courses for Emergency Management professionals, first responders, and others to learn more about topics such as continuity of operations, emergency planning, exercise evaluation, and more. All of the courses are free to take once you have registered with the system. Some helpful courses for those working in the animal care industry include:
    • IS-10.A: Animals in Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness
    • IS-11.A: Animals in Disasters: Community Planning
    • IS-111.A: Livestock in Disasters
  • Piedmont Emergency Animal Response Team (PE ART): PE ART is a collaborative and regional, nonprofit partnership composed of community volunteers and stakeholders that are dedicated to the well-being of all animals. Their mission is to coordinate an effective animal response prior to, during, and after emergencies and disasters.
  • National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC): NARSC works collaboratively and cooperatively to assist communities and their animals in their preparations for and response to incidents that place animals in crisis. NARSC works at the state level and engages only with state authorities having authority over animal issues. NARSC only deploys when officially activated by a state authority.