Updated Hours: Closed September 24-26, 2022


Due to the impending storm, Bide Awhile will be closed on Saturday, September 24, reopening on Tuesday, September 27,  (conditions permitting). We have made all the necessary preparations for the health and safety of the animals in our care during this weather event.

While you are preparing for your family’s needs this weekend, don’t forget about your best friend. Have you prepared an emergency kit for your pet? It’s a responsible way to help keep your pet safe and healthy during any emergency situation.

What to include in a pet emergency kit:

  • Enough food and bottled water to last one week or more. Beware of your pet drinking flood water since it is often contaminated with mold and bacteria, making it unsafe to drink.  If you can’t drink it neither should your pet.
  • Pee pads, litter boxes, poop bags and paper towel for cleanup.
  • Medical records, name of vet, medications, feeding schedule and a current photo or description of your pet. These items can be particularly important if your pet needs to be boarded or you become separated from them.
  • Toys or treats
  • 1-2 month supply of pet medications as they may be difficult or impossible to find during and after a hurricane.
  • Pet carriers, to allow you to move your pet around and ensure safety; keep them constructed and within easy access.
  • Sturdy extra leashes with reflective tape.
  • Hand powered can opener to open any food cans.
  • Pet first aid kit to help stabilize your pet if injured and veterinary care is not accessible.


To ensure the best health of your pet, it’s also a great idea to do the following:

  • Make sure you pet is microchipped.
  • Make sure your pet is current on vaccinations.
  • Make sure you have a pet emergency sticker for your front door.
  • Choose a designated caregiver should you need to evacuate, make sure they have a list of routine, food and medications.
  • Keep your pet safe.  Ensure all gates and closures are closed prior to letting them out.  Snug up their collar and take them out on leash during the height of the storm.  Do not allow free roaming pets to go out prior to the storm.

We hope these tips help you keep your pet safe and healthy. From everyone here at Bide Awhile, we hope you and your family stay safe this weekend during this weather event.