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Pets in Disasters

Responsible pet ownership requires a collaborative approach and a lifetime commitment. In the event of an emergency or disaster it is up to you to prepare for the safety and welfare of your pets.

There are several things you can do to ensure you and your animals are prepared:

  • Include your animals in your household emergency plans
  • Keep vaccinations and worming up to date
  • Ensure your emergency kit includes appropriate pet supplies, including medication and a copy of your pets most recent immunisation records, food (including treats), bottled water, a familiar pet blanket, bedding or toys and suitable cleaning supplies
  • Ensure your pet is accustomed to being put into a carry cage or crate. You can use your own carry cage/crate so don’t forget to add it to your emergency plan. Leads/harnesses are also required for exercising your pet
  • Properly identify your pets, e.g. Lifetime registration tags, name tags with current contact details and ensure your details are up to date with your microchip provider
  • Keep a list of important phone numbers, such as veterinarian or Animal Management Centre handy.

We understand that your pet is part of the family. By acting early and seeking help from friends outside of the emergency area, the likelihood of you being reunited with your pet will be much greater:

  • Know where you are going to take your animals well in advance of an emergency
  • If moving animals to a safer place do so early to avoid unnecessary risk
  • If staying at home secure animals indoors so that they do not take flight or run away
  • Provide adequate food and water in large, heavy bowls
  • Place pets in separate rooms with small or preferably no windows e.g. laundry or bathroom
  • If left outside do not tie the animals up
  • Do not leave pets in vehicles
  • If you lose your pet during an emergency, contact Council’s Animal Management Centre on 3412 5397 or visit 213 Queens Rd, Kingston or if available, check Council’s Impounded Animals website

Trained assistance dogs

In most cases, trained assistance dogs will be allowed to stay in evacuation centres with their owners. Those that are accepted may require proper identification and proof of vaccination. Crating facilities will be provided.

Only domestic pets (cats/dogs/pocket pets) are accepted at emergency evacuation centres. You may need to make special arrangements for other pets such as aquarium fish, reptiles and livestock. Council maintains a Livestock Register to enable easy identification of your animals – have you registered your livestock?

For more information, download the Pets in Disasters (PDF 1184 KB) fact sheet or visit youtube to watch our Pets in Disaster preparedness video.