UPDATED July 7, 2020:

Sheltering your Pets During an Emergency

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The Quarterpath Recreation Center is the City's designated emergency shelter located at 202 Quarterpath Road.

Companion and service animals may remain with their person.

Family pets will be housed in a separate area from the general public. Owners must provide crates. Pets with no crates will not be allowed to stay in the shelter.

Along with crates, all pet owners are required to bring food, any necessary medicines, collar/leash and proof of rabies vaccination.

Please contact the Williamsburg Emergency Management Coordinator at 220-6220 for additional information regarding the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006, or for further guidance on emergency preparedness.


Why does the City shelter pets?

On October 6, 2006, President Bush signed into law the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006. This federal law ensures that local and state disaster plans include provisions for household pets and service animals in the event of a major disaster or emergency.


As evidenced during past hurricanes, many people resist the decision to evacuate in an emergency if the welfare of their pets is uncertain. The health and safety risk to the general public, and to public safety first responders, is drastically reduced when the needs of companion and service animals are addressed.