Protecting your pets in an emergency situation
An estimated 63% of households in Australia have at least one pet, one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world!
It is vital that you include your pets in your emergency plans.
Plan to leave early
- Stay Informed! Evacuating with animals can take time, especially if you need to make multiple journeys with different animals.
- Have your pet’s emergency kit and carrier ready to go. Make sure it includes a lead, medications and important documents.
Plan where you'll go
- Emergency services can't help evacuate your pets or larger animals in emergency situations, and not all evacuation centres will accept them.
- Your animals may need to go to different places - this could be with friends, family, boarding kennels or cattery’s.
- Animals will require a constant source of water and food, shade and safe place to shelter.
Have a Plan B
- Plan for what will happen if its unsafe to return home.
- Speak to neighbours or nearby friends about what you would like them to do if you're not home (and offer them your support if they're away)
- Include the following phone numbers in your emergency plan:
- Your veterinarian
- RSPCA WA or other local animal welfare agencies
- Help number for injured and trapped wildlife, ranger and animal rescue services
- Neighbours, family or friends who may be of assistance
FOR MORE INFORMATION
DFES: Pets and Animal Emergency Kit and Planning page
RSPCA: Animals in Emergencies
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