What Do I Do With My Pet During A Weather Emergency?

With most emergency shelters unable to accommodate pets, here's a list of other options for your four-legged friends if you have to leave your home.


When your family members include the four-legged variety and there's a storm headed our way, thoughts naturally turn to how to keep pets safe.

Emergency shelters typically don't take pets but if people need to evacuate their home or are seeking an alternate port in the storm, here's a list of pet-friendly hotels in Connecticut from the Pet Welcome website.

For the full list of pet friendly hotels, visit the Pet Welcome website. Some hotels charge extra fees when you bring pets and restrictions may apply, so calling ahead is wise.

Pet Friendly Hotels in Connecticut

Bethel: Days Inn
18 Stony Hill Rd.
Bethel, CT 6801

Bethel: Holiday Inn Dabnury-Bethel
80 Newtown Rd
Danbury, CT 6810

Danbury: Ethan Allen Hotel
21 Lake Ave. Extension
Danbury, CT 6811

Danbury: La Quinta Inn & Suites
116 Newton Road
Danbury, CT

Danbury: Residence Inn
22 Segar Street
Danbury, CT 6810

Milldale: Econo Lodge
1845 Meriden Waterbury Road
Milldale, CT 06467
(877) 424-6423

Naugatuck: Comfort Inn
716 New Haven Road
Naugatuck, CT 06770
(877) 424-6423

Southbury: Crowne Plaza Hotel
1284 Strongtown Road
Southbury, CT 6488

Southbury: Heritage Resort & Conference Center
522 Heritage Rd.
Southbury, CT 6488

Southington:  Residence Inn Southington
778 West Street
Southington, CT 6489

Southington:  MOTEL 6 - Hartford - Southington
625 Queen Street
Southington, CT

Waterbury:  House On The Hill Bed & Breakfast
92 Woodlawn Terrace
Waterbury, CT 6710

List of Nearby Kennels

If you do have to opt into boarding your pet, here are a list of nearby kennels.

Berkshire Veterinary Hospital, 1 Toddy Hill Rd, Sandy Hook
(877) 738-7035

Bethel Veterinary Hospital, 25A Turkey Plain Rd., Bethel, CT
(203) 794-0247

Cassio Kennels LLC, 173 Mount Pleasant Rd., Newtown, CT
(203) 426-2881

Paws Awhile, 147 Grassy Plain St, Bethel, CT
(203) 790-6511

Camp Sea Watch, 227 Hattertown Rd, Newtown, CT
(203) 426-6535

Paula Antolini October 29, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Jaimie, great info.....but please update your information, it needs clarification (Re: "Emergency shelters typically don't take pets"). Things have changed a lot after Hurricane Katrina. RESIDENTS HAVE OTHER OPTIONS :-) than scrambling to find pet-friendly hotels or to board pets in kennels (choices that are very costly and might get booked quickly during a storm too) because they think they cannot take their pets to a shelter. A law now exists (the “Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act” which was signed by President Bush in October 2006) that provides for animal sheltering. This law requires emergency preparedness authorities to include accommodations for household pets and service animals. States that do not comply could lose their disaster relief funds. I hope readers find this information helpful. Many are not aware that local accommodations exist for humans AND pets alike. Check with your local town for info.
Paula Antolini October 29, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Also recently many Region 5 town Emergency Management Officials and Animal Control Officers received basic animal shelter supplies (and training too) from the Connecticut State Animal Response Team (CTSART) to set up a basic animal shelter in an emergency. When a town sets up temporary human shelter during weather emergencies (such as Red Cross) usually that's where you find an animal shelter too, where your pet can stay, free of charge (when you are in the human shelter). Human and Animal shelters are separate, but usually in same vicinity, and owners are allowed to visit their pets, to feed and walk them etc.. Check with your local Emergency Management Officials for info. CTSART members have participated in many mock disaster drills over the past years, some with live animals, along with taking numerous required CTSART training courses, so they are very qualified and ready to handle an emergency animal sheltering situation. CTSART has already been activated for Hurricane Sandy and members are standing by and ready to help in this emergency, with animal sheltering.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Perhaps I should have clarified - I was referring to local emergency shelters, as in high schools. I did see that Red Cross shelters don't take pets but then someone told me they do. The site didn't indicate that, so if anyone has more info on that, I'd love for them to weigh in.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Here's some more info from the CT Humane Society: http://www.cthumane.org/site/PageServer?pagename=care_DisasterPreparedness
Paula Antolini October 29, 2012 at 01:40 PM
I AM referring to local shelters.........and what people do not usually know is that a separate animal shelter is available via CTSART (on the premises, same place as the human shelter, but separate) for animals....so people can bring their pets and not feel they have to stay home in unsafe conditions to care for pets etc. Please get the word out, thanks Jaimie.
Paula Antolini October 29, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Red Cross Shelters do not take pets, they do not have the facilities to do so. It takes supplies and special training etc. too. It is why CTSART has worked extremely hard in the past few years to to train staff and obtain supplies (even horse trailers, for evacuation etc.) and be ready for emergencies so they can set up the animal shelters in tandem with human shelters.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Thanks - this is what I love about Patch - folks can weigh in and share their knowledge. If you know of specific shelters that are pet friendly, dear readers, feel free to share.
Paula Antolini October 29, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Happy to help :-).


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