5718 21st Ave W

Bradenton, FL



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Bishop Animal Shelter SPCA    5718 21st Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34209     (941) 792-2863   Adoption Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat 9am-4:30pm

When disaster strikes your area, please remember that animal shelters generally cannot house your pet as they are usually full with pets looking for a new home.

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Depending on the severity of a natural disaster and just where it is located, it may be necessary for you to leave your home. In the past year hurricanes, tornadoes and wild fires forced many Florida residents to flee their property. Public shelters are often the place where evacuees go in a disaster and pets, unless they are service animals, are not allowed to accompany you.

Without prior planning, a disaster can find you caught in a bind at the last moment. Much of the time animals are left to fend for themselves. Pets left at home are at risk from starvation, contaminated water and food, predators, exposure, drowning and serious injury from property damages such as broken glass etc.

It is advisable to prearrange shelter for your pets in the event of an emergency evacuation. Be sure to include in your planning a time guideline that will allow you to get your pets and yourself to a safe location.

  • Many hotels and motels will take animals.  Pre-arrangement is definitely wise.  Check with hotels and motels in advance as to their policy on animals.
  • Friends and relatives living nearby who are not in an evacuation zone may be willing to assist in an emergency.
  • Kennels and veterinarian clinics that normally board animals will do so in an emergency as well.  Remember space is limited.  Advance contact and reservations is advisable.


  • Current photos of pets with name and ID numbers written on the back of the photographs.
  • Up to date immunizations and health records for each pet.
  • A contact name and phone number of someone who can be contacted in case of emergency.
  • Two week supply of food & water.  Water purification - (ie: 2 drops of bleach per quart of water, let stand 30 minutes before use) and a manual can opener.
  • Bowls
  • Medications and First Aid Kit
  • Grooming supplies and hygiene items.
  • Newspapers and plastic bags for handling waste.
  • ID tags, collars and leases.  A muzzle for dogs can also be helpful.
  • Carrier for each pet with proper identification