Collier County will make two additional hurricane shelters pet-friendly

After receiving an onslaught of pet owners seeking shelter from Hurricane Irma, Collier County announced Thursday evening that it will make two additional shelters pet-friendly.


Immokalee Middle School, 401 N. Ninth St., and Cypress Palm Middle School, 4255 18th Ave. N.E. in Golden Gate Estates, will allow vaccinated and crated dogs and cats, and pre-registration is not required.

Pet owners must bring vaccination records, an appropriate-sized kennel, enough food and water to last at least three days, bowls and all other supplies including waste bags and litter. If animals go outside, they must remain leashed, and pet owners are responsible for picking up waste.

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There must be a family member or caretaker present at the shelter at all times. Pets will stay in one room, while humans will stay in another.

The shelters will open at 1 p.m. Friday.

The first pet-friendly shelter at North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Road, filled the 75 available spots at the beginning of hurricane season when the county opened pre-registration, before Hurricane Irma was even on the radar.

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As of Wednesday, the county had received 550 pre-registration applications for that shelter, far exceeding the capacity at North Collier Regional park.

There will not be a cap on the amount of pets admitted to Immokalee Middle School or Cypress Palm Middle School because there is more space than at North Collier Regional Park, said Kate Albers, public information officer with Collier County.