Pets in emergencies

Pets in emergencies

Emergency NSW

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Alert NSW

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Pet safety and welfare

In an emergency or disaster, your animals are your responsibility. It is up to you to prepare for their safety and welfare.

Advice is available from the Department of Primary Industries (see publications and advice) about animal care services and emergency fodder supply in areas affected by flooding.

Be prepared

If you're a pet owner you should ensure the following, before emergency warnings are issued:

  • Include your animals in household emergency plans.
  • Your pets need to be properly identifiable. For example, name tag and microchip. It is a legal requirement for NSW residents to microchip and register their pets.
  • Be aware that some evacuation centres may not accept animals, so you will need to plan alternative shelter.
  • Keep a list of emergency contacts handy.

If you're moving animals to a safer place, do so early to avoid unnecessary risk and ensure there is access to plenty of food and water. If you're staying at home, keep animals in a secure location so they cannot escape. 

During an emergency 

If you have to leave your pets behind during an emergency:

  • If possible, leave your pets indoors.
  • Place pets in separate rooms with small, or preferably no windows.
  • Provide adequate food and water in large heavy bowls.
  • If your pets must be left outside, do not tie them up. 

 Do not risk human life trying to find or protect pets. Your own safety and that of your family

This information has been adapted from the RSPCA website and the Department of Primary Industries. 

Last updated: Monday, 10 October 2016