Chad Massengill
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Physical Address:
Pet Adoption Center
115 Shelter Way
Smithfield, NC 27577
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1049
Smithfield, NC 27577
Phone: 919-934-8474
Fax: 919-934-0753
Disaster Plan for Pets


You have everything prepared for your disaster. Your plan is made, your disaster kit is together and you are confidently ready. But have you thought about Fido and Fifi? It is important that your pet has a disaster plan too! If your family must evacuate, your pet will need to evacuate too. For many years, pets were not allowed in shelters. With the help and coordination of Johnston County's Animal Services, Board of Education, The American Red Cross and Emergency services, pets may now stay in Johnston County Shelters.  Bring your pet in a cage or crate with the supplies listed below.  Pets will be held in a separate area away from people.  Some other places your pet can stay:

  • A friend's or family member's home in a safe zone.
  • A hotel or motel with you.
  • A kennel in a safe area.
  • Stay with you if your family does not have to evacuate

Your pet must have his shots before he can stay in a kennel so he won't get sick. Remind your family to keep all pets' shots up to date, especially in hurricane season!

Don't forget your pet needs a Disaster Supplies Kit too! Remember to put your pet's name on all his things.

Pet Disaster Supplies Kit

  • ID Collar
  • Rabies Tag
  • Pet Carrier or Cage
  • Leash
  • Food
  • Water/Food Bowls
  • Medicine
  • Newspaper and Plastic trash bags
  • Favorite toy

If you have more questions about planning for pets, contact your local Humane Society or County Animal Control Department.