- You may remember these images after hurricane Katrina
Thousands of dogs, cats and other animals left behind in New Orleans struggling for survival.
Kathy Labrada of Miami-Dade Animal Services: "The most important thing for pet owners is to make sure that if they are evacuating, that their pets aren't left behind."
: "It should be large enough for the pet to make normal postural adjustments, for them to standup and be able to turn around comfortably."
: "The pets and people are housed in separate areas within the same facility."
In Broward, one pet shelter is at Millennium Middle School
in Tamarac, the other at the Human Society
In Miami-Dade, one shelter is located at the fair grounds, E. Darwin Fuchs pavilion, the other is at Michael M. Krop Senior High School
: "Pet owners bringing pets to a pet friendly evacuation center are required to remain onsite with their pets."
You will need to take your own pet supplies along with a crate, and remember, you will be separated from your pets.
Finally, if your pets tend to freak out during storms, you might want to consider medicating them, but that's a decision you should only make with your vet.
: It's OK to use some kind of sedation as long as it's recommended by your vet."