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3 Tips for Emergency Planning with Pets

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3 Tips to Protect your Pet ahead of a Disaster ...

With summer now upon us, bushfires, floods and tropical cyclones will be an increasing reality for many Australians.

Areas prone to natural disasters are being reminded to prepare a disaster plan – and not to forget the furry and feathered members of the family.

World Animal Protection is encouraging people to be prepared by planning ahead – and they have disaster packs for dogs, cats, horses, birds and small animals available to help.

It’s crucial to have a disaster plan for you, your family and your pet before a disaster strikes.

Emergency Planning for Pets Kelpie cross lost in flood waters
Will you be there in a disaster when your best friend needs you?

Simone Clarke, Director at World Animal Protection said:

“Many people don’t have a disaster plan that includes their pets. We know from looking at past disasters that people can make last-minute decisions to try to keep their pets safe – putting themselves in danger in the process.

Pets must be part of emergency planning, not just to protect them, but to keep your family safe too.”

World Animal Protection’s top three disaster preparation tips:

1. Prepare a disaster survival kit for your pet with food, water, medicines, identification (including veterinary/medical records), first aid kit, and a favourite toy for comfort. Put it in an easy to access spot, make sure everyone in the house knows where it is kept and check it regularly to keep it up-to-date.

2. Identify a ‘safe house’, somewhere such as a friend’s house, pet friendly motel, local vet centre or animal shelter where you can take your pet during a disaster. At most kennels you will need to provide veterinary records before boarding pets. Always call ahead for a reservation as soon as you think you might have to evacuate from home.

3. Practise your plan regularly so your pet is used to moving into their carrier. This will ensure you and your pet can move fast and stay calm in an emergency.  

Carame puppy dog left behind after evacuation and rescued by World Animal Protection
Caramel was left behind after her family were forced to evacuate during a disaster.
Unable to be relocated with her family, she was adopted out to a new home by World Animal Protection.

With 50 years’ experience intervening in disasters around the world, World Animal Protection has provided much needed help to nearly eight million animals during more than 250 disasters.

Visit to get your free disaster pack and start planning for your pet today.

World Animal Protection Disaster response officer Sergio Vásquez holds a puppy left behind
Disaster response officer Sergio Vásquez cheking pets left behind in the wake of a disaster


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