Hurricane Harvey Pet-Friendly Shelters

pet friendly shelters


If you have been affected by Hurricane Harvey or are anticipating the storm, here are resources to find pet-friendly shelters where you can seek refuge with your pets.

Texas

  • Bexar County - Hurricane Harvey
    There are designated shelter facilities around San Antonio. Many of the facilities include large warehouses that have been retrofitted as sleeping quarters and meeting areas. All evacuees should check in at 200 Gembler Road, just northeast of the AT&T Center. Evacuees with pets can also go to the Gembler check-in point, but pets cannot stay in the same facilities as people. All pets, with the exception of service animals, will be kept in separate facilities, however, the city will provide shuttle service so people can visit their animals.
     
  • Bexar County - Caring for Animals in an Emergency
     
  • Brazoria County/Alvin - Hurricane Harvey
    Red Cross Shelter is now open in Alvin in the cafeteria of Living Stones Church, 1407 Victory Lane, for those in need. The Red Cross shelter will not take animals unless they are crated. Those in need of evacuation because of water in their house are urged to call the Alvin Police Department non-emergency number at 281-388-4370.
     
  • Brazoria County - Animal Evacuations
    The inland shelter locations will be equipped to shelter most animals of all types. You may be restricted to the number and type of animals that will be sheltered. If you have questions, please contact your local emergency manager (pages 11 - 13). As a general rule, pets will be sheltered separately, with the exception of service animals that must stay with their owners. All animals must be housed in a sturdy plastic or metal cage. All food/medication must be provided by owner.
     
  • Brazoria County/Bell County - Evacuating Livestock
    The assigned public shelter at the Bell County Expo in Belton, Texas can accommodate shelter for 150 cattle, 179 horses, and 300 head of sheep, swine and goats combined (high value livestock—horses, show animals, youth animal projects, etc.). The Expo is located on I-35 at exit #292 in Belton, Texas. When evacuating, contact Mr. Lyle Zoeller as a courtesy at (254) 933-5305 before leaving home to let Bell County know you’re coming.
     
  • Calhoun County - Hurricane Preparedness
    While official service animals are welcome in all public shelters, pet friendly and "comfort/support animal" shelters are not available in Calhoun County.
     
  • Corpus Christi - Hurricane Harvey
    If you can't evacuate on your own during a hurricane, the city of Corpus Christi will provide transportation to San Antonio. Register at the Cabaniss Athletic Complex, 3601 N Oso Pkwy Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78415. Pets are allowed to accompany you.
     
  • Corpus Christi - Hurricane Harvey
    The Corpus Christi Natatorium at 3202 Cabaniss Rd, Corpus Christi, TX 78415 is also another option to evacuate. The CCRTA is expected to run buses to the Natatorium on its routes at no charge. Passengers can bring luggage and pets as long as they are on leashes or in carriers. Operations at the Natatorium will resume 8 a.m. on Friday.
     
  • Corpus Christi, Nueces County - Hurricane Harvey
    The Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority has picked up hundreds of residents from bus stops inside city limits and in the western part Nueces County. The bus rides are free. If people were picked up in Corpus Christi, they were taken to Cabaniss to board buses to San Antonio. In cities such as Driscoll, Petronila, Agua Dulce and Bishop, evacuees were taken to the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown to be taken to further inland to San Antonio. Starting at 8 a.m. Friday, the RTA resumed pickup at bus stops for Cabaniss. Residents with pets can register them with the city's Animal Care Services before registering themselves and their belongings.
     
  • Dallas - Hurricane Harvey
    The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, located at 650 S Griffin St., Dallas, TX 75202, opened on 8/29 to shelter Hurricane Harvey evacuees. The state of Texas has 250 buses in Houston, waiting to take people out of the city if necessary. The city of Dallas is prepared to receive about 6,000 people — along with as many pets as necessary. Animal evacuees will be housed in the fourth floor of the Reunion Arena parking garage next door to the convention center.
     
  • Dallas - Hurricane Harvey
    Dallas Animal Services is assisting evacuees with pets. If someone arrives at a Dallas shelter with a pet, a DAS representative will bring it to the SPCA.
     
  • Fort Bend County - Pet Friendly Shelters
    Shelters are opened in Fort Bend County to help support evacuees as conditions warrant. Shelters Accepting Pets:
    • Gallery Furniture, 6006 North Freeway, Houston, TX - FULL. Contact Information: 713-694-5570
    • Gallery Furniture, 7227 W. Grand Parkway South., Richmond, TX - FULL. Contact Information: 281-407-7161
    • Cinco Ranch High School (CRHS) 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Katy, TX 77494- OPEN
    • Cinco Ranch Junior High School, 23420 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Katy, TX 77494 - OPEN
    • Morton Ranch High School (MRHS) 21000 Franz Rd, Katy, TX 77449- OPEN
    • Sugar Land First United Methodist Church, 431 Eldridge Rd, Sugar Land, TX 77478 - FULL
    • Red Cross Shelter at George Junior High School- 4601 Airport Ave, Rosenberg, TX 77471 - FULL
    • Kempner High School, 14777 Voss Rd, Sugar Land, Tx- FULL Red Cross Shelter Fulsher High School, 9302 Bois D’Arc Lane, Fulsher, TX- OPENS AT NOON but expected to be at full capacity shortly after opening
    • Southwest Calvary Baptist Church, 12910 W. Bellfort Blvd, Houston, TX 77099
    • Opening as a Relief Center – They will provide food and shelter but they do not have showers.
    • Red Cross Shelter at Stafford High School – 1625 Staffordshire Rd. Stafford, TX – OPEN
    • Red Cross Shelter at George Ranch High School – 8181 FM 762 Rd, Richmond, TX – OPEN
    • Beyond Walls Outreach Center, 11214 Plainsfield St. Houston, TX- OPEN
    • St. Theresa Catholic Church, 705 St. Theresa Blvd. Sugarland, TX – OPEN
    • Please bring food, medicine, and crates for your pets.
       
  • Fort Bend County Pets - Fort Bend County Animal Services
     
  • Fort Worth - Hurricane Harvey
    The Wilkerson-Greines Athletic Center at 5201 Ca Roberson Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76119 has been set up as a clearinghouse – meaning all evacuees arriving in Fort Worth will first go to the complex for processing and then be sent to other shelters in the area. The Wilkerson-Greines Center has 300 beds and there is space in Fort Worth to shelter another 750 people. Animal control will be on site at the Fort shelter since pets are being allowed to stay with evacuees.
     
  • Houston - George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX 77010
    The George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston is currently an Emergency Center for Hurricane Harvey. Pets are welcome and will be placed with their owners in a designated area.
     
  • Houston Area - Pet Friendly Shelters around the Houston Area
    Shelters accepting pets:
    • Copperfield Church, 8350 Highway 6 North, Houston, TX - FULL
    • Gallery Furniture Grand Parkway, 7227 W. Grand Parkway South, Richmond, TX
    • St. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, 26777 Glen Loch Drive, The Woodlands, TX
    • Magnolia High School, 14350 FM 1488, Magnolia, TX
    • First Baptist Church, 401 Oxford St., Tomball, TX
    • College Park High School, 3701 College Park Drive, The Woodlands, TX
    • Church Project, 295 Sawdust Road, The Woodlands, TX
    • Living Stones Church, 1407 Victory Lane, Alvin, TX - FULL (crated pets only)
    • Spring High School, 19428 Interstate 45, Spring, TX
    • The Pathways Church, 20802 Rhodes Road, Spring, TX
    • Thurgood Marshall High School, 1220 Buffalo Run, Missouri City, TX - FULL (crated pets only)
    • Gallery Furniture, 6006 N. Freeway, Houston, TX
    • Cinco Ranch High School - FULL, 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy, TX
    • Morton Ranch High School, 21000 Franz Rd., Katy, TX - CLOSING
    • Sugar Land First United Methodist Church, 431 Eldridge Road, Sugar Land, TX
    • George Junior High School, 4601 Airport Ave., Rosenberg, TX
    • Kempner High School, 1477 Voss Road, Sugar Land, TX (crated pets only)
    • Alief Taylor High School, 7555 Howell Sugar Land Rd., Houston, TX (crated pets allowed)
    • City of Friendswood Activity Building, 416 Morningside Dr., Friendswood, TX
    • Angleton ISD, 1900 North Downing, Angleton, TX
    • Trinity Klein Lutheran Church, 5201 Spring Cypress Road, Spring, TX
    • Graceview Church, 25510 SH249, Tomball, TX
    • NRG Stadium, NRG Parkway, Houston, TX
    • Bring food for your pets.
       
  • Houston - NRG Center, 1 NRG Park, Houston, TX 77054
    A shelter at NRG Center will open at 10 p.m. on 8/29. The shelter, which can hold up to 10,000 people and will be jointly run by the city and county, will be complete with a pharmacy, a children's center and an area for pets overseen by the City of Houston's animal shelter.
     
  • Katy/Katy Independent School District - Hurricane Harvey
    Two Katy ISD schools that opened as shelters for flooding victims Monday have reached capacity, the district announced at 4:19 p.m.
     
  • Kerrville County - Hurricane Harvey
    Self-evacuees with pets are encouraged to go to the Hill Country Youth Event Center, located at 3785 Highway 27 East in Kerrville. Each pet should arrive at the center with it's own kennel or cage, leash and water bowl.
     
  • Matagorda County
    Even though pets and other animals are not allowed in public reception centers for public health reasons, help will be available to you at the Matagorda County Reception Center to care for your pet. And since there are few shelters that accept pets, it is important for you to make evacuation plans that include your pets as you put together your family plan.
     
  • Travis County/Austin - Hurricane Harvey
    Shelter updates are available by calling 512-974-2000 or 3-1-1 in the local area. To locate shelters take Highway 183 Northbound and look for signs with current shelter information. For people with pets report to the shelter and arrangements for your pets will be made upon arrival.
     
  • Waco/Humane Society of Central Texas - Hurricane Harvey
    The Humane Society of Central Texas , which is a sanctuary shelter, was on standby on Saturday morning for intake of pets in three counties in the path of Hurricane Harvey. They have 33 kennels available for pets that may be with evacuees but are not accepted at shelters. The Humane Society of Central Texas is located at 2032 Circle Road in Waco, ph. 254-754-1454.

For more information on these shelters, see Pet-Friendly Travel's page below.

Pet-Friendly Shelters in Texas
 

Louisiana

  • Louisiana Animal Evacuation
    The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry is the lead agency charged with the evacuation and sheltering of household pets during a declared disaster in Louisiana. Parish governments and animal/pet facilities must file an emergency plan with the local parish office of emergency preparedness and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry by March 1st on an annual basis.
     
  • Louisiana State Animal Response Team
    For people who do not have any transportation during an evacuation event, Parish OEP will be setting up Parish Pick-Up points for assisted transportation and there may be transportation available there for the pets of those families seeking evacuation assistance but NOT for self-evacuators.
     
  • Humane Society of Louisiana: Hurricane Preparedness Guidelines
     
  • Louisiana Emergency
    Pet-friendly shelters may be opened during an evacuation. This information will be available at shelter information points.
     
  • New Orleans - Hurricane Harvey
    The SPCA in Algiers has received "100 wire crates from the state to assist with setting up a temporary animal shelter should the need arise." The shelter will pick up and house any pets owned by homeless people who enter a shelter during flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey. Those shelters include New Orleans Mission, Salvation Army, Ozanam Inn and Covenant House. To report an animal emergency call 504.368.5191, ext. 100, or email dispatch@la-spca.org. Pet owners who live in Orleans Parish and need the city's assistance to evacuate should register by calling 311. Registering in advance is critical.
     
  • New Orleans, City of
    If you require City Assisted Evacuation to leave town and you have a pet, please note: Small pets that are 20 lbs or less can ride with you on the bus. Larger pets will be taken to the Union Passenger Terminal by LSPCA. When you register at the evacuspot, you'll register your pet’s information too. The city tracks where everyone in your family is going, including your pet. Your pet will be taken to an animal shelter near where you're sheltered. You'll care for your pet at the animal shelter.

For more information on these shelters, see Pet-Friendly Travel's page below.

Pet-Friendly Shelters in Louisiana 


And for any other parts of the United States that may be affected, you can find more information here:

General List of Pet-Friendly Shelters Throughout the U.S.


For more information on Hurricane Harvey, click here. This page is constantly being updated with new information.