If you are in an area affected by Hurricane Irma, and if it is possible for you or someone you know to safely return to where your animals are and care for or remove them, YOU SHOULD DO THAT NOW rather than relying on someone else. If that is not possible, then use this form, and give as much detail as possible. We cannot guarantee that an animal organization will respond, but this information will be shared with everyone authorized to do animal rescue in the area.

Once your animals are safe, if you need someone to provide foster care for them until you can care for them again, you can post them on


Whether you need to find a temporary home for your pet or you’re willing to foster a beloved pet for a family impacted by Hurricane Irma, Foster a Hurricane Pet by can help. Go to to upload a pet that needs a temporary foster home, or search animals who are looking for fosters.


If you are in need of housing with no pet restrictions, search our partner, My Pit Bull is Family's national database.

If you know of pet friendly housing not in the database, use this link to provide details so it can be added.


This section has tips on approaching lost pets, especially during a disaster like Hurricane Irma.  

Tips for Helping a Lost Pet
Right now is a difficult time for pet owners who have displaced pets.  We want to do all we can to help.  One aspect of this process is how to approach lost pets, especially during a disaster like Hurricane Irma.

How do dog and cat reactions differ?
Cats and dogs in terror mode can't think clearly. When the fight-or-flight impulse kicks in, even dogs that otherwise know their way home panic and run for miles, while cats tend to hide nearby and refuse to come out when you call.

When approaching a lost pet

  1. Set out food, water and/or treats to lure them out.
  2. For dogs, don't approach directly or call to them if they're on the run outside.
  3. Getting down on the ground in a non-threatening pose may work. Lie down on your back, and often the dog will come closer to investigate.
    (Partial sourcing from Jim Tedford, PetSafe Shelter Advocate)
  4. How a cat behaves when in its normal territory will influence how it behaves when it becomes “lost” or displaced. Cat owners need a search strategy based on the specific behavior of your cat.
  5. The primary technique to recover a missing cat should be to obtain permission from all neighbors to enter their yards and conduct an aggressive, physical search for the missing cat (and to set baited humane traps there when necessary).
  6. Don’t assume “wild animal” behavior means a lost cat is automatically feral.  Determine if the new “feral” is actually someone’s fearful pet cat that escaped outdoors, perhaps several days/weeks before it was found.

More detail on how to approach a lost cat or dog by Missing Pet Partnership
Recovery tips - Lost dog behavior
Recovery tips - Lost cat behavior

Best Friends resources for approaching lost pets
Found a Stray Dog or Cat: What to Do
Scared Dog: How to Approach a Fearful Dog


The AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool is an internet-based application that will identify which microchip registry should be contacted when a lost pet is scanned and a microchip number is identified.


Disaster preparedness for pets