Unfortunately pets are often forgotten in an emergency. It’s up to you as a pet owner to have a plan to keep your pets safe.
Getting your pets through:
- Attach a permanent disc to your pet’s collar stating your name, phone number and address.
- Keep your dog’s registration up to date, microchip it and make sure it wears the registration tag.
- Registered dogs are automatically entered on the national dog database. Notifying Council of your dog’s microchip number will enable even better identification and tracing. Contact your vet regarding microchip and registration options for pets other than dogs.
- Ensure your pet has regular vaccinations as many animal shelters will not accept unvaccinated animals. Bring the vaccination card with you in an emergency.
Just like you, your pet needs a civil defence kit with:
- food and water (and feeding bowls) for at least three days
- any medication your pet may need
- a collar, leash and muzzle
- a carry box and litter box
- rubbish bags to clean up after your pet
- a towel or blanket for bedding
- records of vaccination, current registration and microchip numbers
- a photo of your pet to assist with identification.
In an emergency
Your pet may be frightened, stressed, or display some abnormal behavioural traits so it is important to be calm and confident. This will help your animal settle. Don’t growl or punish your pet as this will increase its anxiety.
If you need to evacuate, take your pets with you if you can safely do so. Most welfare or evacuation centres will not accept pets except for service animals such as guide dogs. Plan in advance for alternatives that will work for both you and your pets and listen to your radio for more information about pet-friendly shelters.
Horses, pigs, poultry and livestock should be moved to paddocks away from floodwaters, landslides and power lines. In the event of an evacuation, have a plan in place so that they will be secure and have food, water and shelter.
It is your responsibility to ensure your animals are cared for in an emergency.
Prepare your pet for an emergency (588kb pdf)
Last Reviewed: 12/04/2018