With Hurricane Michael threatening the Florida Panhandle, the reality of an emergency evacuation for people threatened by hurricanes is very real. While it may be an easy decision to pack up your most prized possessions, one thing that often gets left behind in natural disaster evacuations is a pet.
During Hurricane Katrina, the Louisiana SPCA estimated more than 100,000 pets were left behind during the evacuation and about 70,000 died throughout the Gulf Coast after the storm hit. Many emergency shelters in New Orleans did not allow pets to enter, making tough choices for pet owners.
Because of the catastrophe with Katrina, officials in Houston allowed pets to enter shelters after Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017.
Many pet owners also left their animals at home because once they evacuated, they didn't know what to do with them, especially if a hotel doesn't allow pets to stay.
We've rounded up a list of hotels that are animal friendly, or charge a fee to have your four-legged family member to stay with you. We recommend double checking with the hotel that your animal can stay when you make your reservation.
La Quinta Inn
Extended Stay America
Red Roof Inn
America's Best Value Inn
Fairfield Inn & Suites
Holiday Inn Express
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