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Five Livestock Sheltering Facilities Open in Alabama

Oct 06, 2016

Montgomery, AL – With Hurricane Matthew approaching Florida's east coast, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) has been in contact with Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES), Alabama Farmers Federation (ALFA),  Alabama Horse Council and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services to confirm temporary sheltering facilities for evacuated livestock including horses and cattle. “We stand ready to assist our neighbors in any way we can as Hurricane Matthew sets its sights on Florida’s Atlantic coast,” said Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan.

In preparation for this storm, Alabama’s State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Frazier has been in contact with Florida’s State Veterinarian on planning the potential evacuation of certain livestock and animals. There are five sheltering facilities that are equipped to accommodate these animals at this time. These facilities are only equipped to shelter livestock not pets such as dogs or cats. Please contact the facility to confirm space is available prior to your arrival.

Covington Center Arena

24000 AL-55

Andalusia, AL 36420

Contact: Bo Fuqua



Garrett Coliseum

1555 Federal Dr

Montgomery, AL 36107

Contact: Bill Hardin



Houston County Farm Center

1701 E Cottonwood Rd

Dothan, AL 36301

Contact: Mickey Sego



Lee County Fairgrounds

2316-2358 Lafayette Pkwy

Opelika, AL 36801

Contact: Jim Sadler



5 County Complex

1055 E Mckinnon St

New Brockton, AL 36351

Contact: Grant Lyons


When evacuating, it is important for livestock owners to be prepared to care for their animals while they are away. Please be sure to bring the following items with you:

l Current list of all animals, including their records of feeding, vaccinations, and tests. Make sure that you have proof of ownership for all animals.

l Supplies for temporary identification of your animals, such as plastic neckbands and permanent markers to label your animals with your name, address, and telephone number.

l Handling equipment such as halters and appropriate tools for each kind of animal.

l Water, feed, and buckets. Tools and supplies needed for sanitation.

For question or concerns about sheltering livestock during hurricane evacuation, contact ADAI Emergency Programs at 334-240-7278 or email

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