I can tell you from experience, we had to go into a emergency shelter at the local school run by the red cross. It was due to and explosion at a oil/gas company nearby. Although I had no animals at the time (well I did have fish). The people had to leave behind the pets, altlhough the animals rescue groups, fire, and police did come to evacuate the animals and bring them to nearby animal hospitals, and shelters. In all things considered, everyone was fine and some even brought their pets, and the red cross or the school never said anything of the sort, I guess they just have to worry about liability.
I don't believe that any of the Shelters in south Florida allow pets, uunless you have a seeing ing eye or other type of service dog, in which case , you're required to go to a Shelter that focuses on people with speical needs.
I may be wrong, but I think if you have to have to a Special Needs Shelter, you have to make advance reservations , and can't just pop in, as you can with the other Shelters.
So, either you stay home, as I have always done, and weather the storm, or you board your pet, which I refuse to do.
Well...It really is hard. I live in FL where 3 of the 4 storms hit hard last year. I did evacuate last year, I took my dogs, cats and birds. As far as my horses and chickens I had to leave them home. I am only one person. My chickens were good in their coop. My horses I put out in the pasture. I would never lock them in a barn, that is the worst thing you could do. When you lock a large animal in a stall and it begins to fall in on them, there is no where they can go. They end up injured or worse. When they are outside they know what to do. All of my animals survived 3 harsh storms.
I was watching the news today and there were shelters and there were tons of dogs laying everywhere. So I guess it depends. The reporter was commenting on how much the people love their dogs and won't seperate from them.
Did you all see on the news tonight the lady that had a bread and breakfast that did not leave and then had to get in a big tree with six other people and her little dog. three of the people were taken away by water but the little dog hung on and made it out alive.