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As the East Coast prepares for Hurricane Florence, the AKC and AKC Reunite are committed to providing resources that will help keep you and your pet safe in the storm. Nearly 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate coastal areas in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Below is a list of pet-friendly shelters in these states. This list was compiled with the help of ABC News Channel 12, The Daily Press, and

Note: This list will be updated as more information is released.

Pet-Friendly Shelters in North Carolina


Brunswick County
West Brunswick High School
550 Whiteville Rd
Shallotte, NC

Carteret County
Newport Middle School (opening Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.)
500 E Chatham St
Newport, NC

Craven County
Ben Quinn Elementary (cats and dogs only, opening Sept. 12 at 2 p.m.)
4275 Martin Luther King Blvd
New Bern, NC

Duplin County
James Kenan High School (opening Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.)
1241 Nc 24 & 50 Hwy
Warsaw, NC

Halifax County
Halifax Community College
100 College Dr
Weldon, NC

Hyde County
No shelters are open in this county due to the mandatory evacuation order. People evacuating from this area are encouraged to seek shelter at Knightdale High School (100 Bryan Chalk Lane, Knightdale, NC). The shelter will open on Sept. 11 at 2 p.m.

Lenoir County
Lenoir Community College (opening Sept. 13 at 7 a.m.)
231 N.C. Hwy 58
Kinston, NC

Martin County
Martin Community College horse arena (pet owners will need to bring proof of current rabies vaccinations and pet food, opening Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.)
1161 Kehukee Park Rd
Williamston, NC

Onslow County
The nearest pet-friendly shelter is located in Jacksonville at Jacksonville Commons Middle School (315 Commons Drive South, Jacksonville, NC). The shelter will open on Sept. 12 at 2 p.m.

Orange County
Smith Middle School
9201 Seawell School Rd
Chapel Hill, NC

CW Stanford Middle School
308 Orange High School Rd
Hillsborough, NC

Pamlico County
Pamlico Community College (pets with current proof of rabies vaccinations only, opening Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.)
5049 Nc 306 Hwy
Grantsboro, NC

Pender County
Burgaw Middle School
500 S. Wright St
Burgaw, NC

Pet-Friendly Shelters in South Carolina


Berkeley County
Cane Bay High School
1624 State Rd
Summerville, SC

Colleton County
DuBose Middle School (opening Sept. 11 at noon)
1005 DuBose School Rd
Summerville, SC

Dorchester County
DuBose Middle School (opening Sept. 11 at noon)
1005 DuBose School Rd
Summerville, SC

Marlboro County
Blenheim Elementary/Middle School (pets will be provided a separate area of the shelter but must be kept in a carrier, opening Sept. 11 at 2 p.m.)
143 Highland St
Blenheim, SC

Orangeburg County
Lake Marion High School
3656 Tee Vee Rd
Santee, SC

Pet-Friendly Shelters in Virginia


Indian River Community Center (PET-ONLY shelter. Owners must be staying at the shelter across the street)
2250 Old Greenbrier Rd
Chesapeake, VA

Gloucester County
Peasley Middle School (pets allowed as long as space is available, opening Sept. 13 at 6 a.m.)
2885 Hickory Fork Road
Gloucester, VA

Bethel High School (opening Sept. 11 at 11 a.m.)
1067 Big Bethel Rd
Hampton, VA

Newport News
Warwick High School (animals must be in cages)
51 Copeland Ln
Newport News, VA

Bayview Recreation Center
8613 Willow Terrace Blvd

Berkley Community Center
121 West Liberty Street

Nansemond River High School
3301 Nansemond Pkwy
Suffolk, VA

York County
Tabb High School (opening Sept. 12 at 2 p.m.)
4431 Big Bethel Road
Yorktown, VA

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