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University Animal Hospital Orlando

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Hurricane Awareness Brochure

University Animal Hospital is here to provide helpful information to pet parents in the event that a hurricane occurs.

University Animal Hospital Hurricane Policy

The office will be closed with no staff on the premises during the storm. The safety of our employees is a priority. We will try to keep you informed as much as possible. The employee who lives the closest to the clinic will be the first to arrive after the storm when it is safe.

Pets can be dropped off before a storm, but we require an appointment prior to boarding. Limited spaces are available for walk-ins and it is a first come, first serve basis in those cases; we cannot guarantee that a space will be available without a reservation.

All pets who are dropped off must provide at least 5 days worth of food and bring one-gallon water jugs. We will also require at least 7 days worth of medication if necessary.

All dogs and cats must be up to date on all vaccines and free of fleas and ticks.

We will NOT accept non-clients.

It is a RUMOR that during a state of Emergency, private hotels are required to take in evacuees with pets. Please call the hotel first and ask if they will accept you and your pets. The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act (DAP9523.19) has no mention of private hotels/motels requirement.

Important Information

Orange County Animal Services

2769 Conroy Rd, Orlando, FL 32839

(407) 836-3111

Orange County

6590 Amory Court, Winter Park, FL 32792

(407) 836-9151

Pet-Friendly Shelters:

Apopka High School

555 Martin St, Apopka, FL 32712

East River High School

650 East river Falcons Way, 654 Columbia School Rd, Orlando, FL 32833

Lake Nona High School

12500 Narcoossee Rd, Orlando, FL 32832

Seminole County

150 Eslinger Way, Sanford, FL 32773

(407) 665-5102

Important Phone Numbers


Homeland Security:

1-800-BE-READY or 1-800-237-3239

American Red Cross:

1-800-RED-CROSS or 1-800-733-2767

Orange County

6590 Amory Court, Winter Park, FL 32792

(407) 836-9151

Emergency Veterinary Care

Veterinary Emergency Clinic:

(407) 644-4449

Option 1: Casselberry, Winter Park, North Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Sanford and surrounding areas

Option 2: Waterford Lakes, UCF, East Orlando and Oviedo areas

Option 4: All of Lake County

Option 5: Oakland, Windermere, Ocoee, and Winter Garden areas

Oviedo Veterinary Care and Emergency:

3011 W State Rd 426, Oviedo, FL 32765

(689) 689-6100

Pet-Friendly Hurricane Shelter Information

-Shelters are first-come, first-served -You must have the pet in a carrier or cage.

-You must provide proof of current vaccinations.

-Bring Food, water and serving containers.

Orange county provides hurricane and storm shelters as part of its comprehensive response to help individuals, families and communities respond to and recover from disasters. For registration and information on Special Needs Shelters, please call 311.

General Shelters:

Orange County provides general population shelters for Central Floridians who have been evacuated from their homes, for those who live in low-lying areas, and for others seeking shelter from a storm. Shelters are alcohol, drug and weapon free. Individuals should come prepared with supplies.

Suggested items for people include:

• Light personal bedding material in addition to a mat or cot

• At least 2 change of clothes, toiletries etc…

• Any necessary medication and special diet

• Chargers for essential electronics

• Water and food (3 day supply)

Suggested items for people include:

• Bedding for kennel or carrier

• Properly fitted collar and leash for dogs

• Cats need to be in a carrier

• 3-5 day food supply for your pet

• Any necessary medication

• ID tags with name and phone number


☐ Dog food in zip-lock backs for at least 5 days

☐ Treats in small zip -lock bags

☐ Bottled water to last at least 5 days (Not including your personal water supply)

☐ Paper bowls (You want something disposable so you do not waste fresh water for cleaning.)

☐ Medications that last for up to 2 weeks ☐ Copy of health/vaccine records (to be placed inside of protective sleeve, protect against water damage)

☐ Updated picture of pet

☐ Microchip. Both dogs and cats should be microchipped. This is the best way for the shelters to identify pets.

☐ Veterinarian’s contact information

☐ Waste removal bags

☐ Puppy pads/ WeeWee pads

☐ Litter box. (If you become low on kitty litter, remember shredded newspaper is also an option.)

☐ Trash bags

☐ Paper towels

☐ Household Chlorine Bleach- 9 parts water to 1 part bleach.

☐ Collars and leashes/cat carriers (Keep extras on you in case one breaks or you come across another pet in need. Use collar, NOT a choke chain.)

☐ Familiar blanket or bed from home

☐ Dog tags

☐ Flashlight for night-time walks

☐ Emergency numbers, Shelter information