First Aid & Disaster Preparedness

View a list of hotels in Virginia that accept pets (PDF). Please note that it is important that you contact the hotel prior to arrival to ensure there is space available for you and your pet and that the pet requirements have not changed.

Remember, if you must evacuate do not leave your pets behind to fend for themselves.

Disaster Kits

Keep a Disaster Kit available for you and your pet. Your pet's kit should have the following items.

  • Medications, immunization records and a first aid kit.
  • Sturdy leashes, muzzles, harnesses, carriers or cages to transport pets safely. Carriers should be large enough for the pet to stand comfortably, turn around and lie down. Include blankets or towels for bedding and warmth.
  • Current photos of your pets in case they get lost.
  • Food, drinking water, bowls, cat litter / pan and can opener.
  • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems and the name and number of your veterinarian.
  • Pet beds and toys, if easily transportable.

Contact Information

If you must drop your pet off at a housing facility ensure they have good contact phone numbers. Include phone numbers for family or friends out of the area in case the facility is not able to contact you. You may have to stay somewhere for an extended period of time and be unable to contact the facility where your pet is located.

If you return and are unable to locate your pet, contact Animal Control immediately.

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