Planning for Pets in Emergencies

Include your animals in your Emergency Plan (be it bushfire, storm or flood).

Don’t leave it until it’s too late, otherwise it may not be possible for you to get your animal to a safe location. Plan ahead and be prepared!

Emergency planning for pets is an important part of emergency household preparations and greatly increases the likelihood of evacuating your pets to safety. There are many things pet owners can do to be prepared in the event of emergencies such as floods or bushfires. Visit RSPCA’s READY, PET, GO! for more information.

Evacuating your pets and animals to a safe place offers both them and you the best chance of protection.

Your animals are your responsibility. It is up to you to plan ahead and prepare for the safety and welfare of your pets, livestock or other animals.

A friend or relative may be able to take care of your pet(s) during an emergency.

In the event of a major emergency, the Huon Valley Council may open an Animal Refuge Area at the Ranelagh Showgrounds for those animals with nowhere else to go. The area will accommodate livestock and farm animals.

Small pets such as dogs and cats can stay at the Evacuation Centre in crates or cages.

If you are staying at an animal evacuation or refuge, you will need to bring:

  • Non-perishable food and bowls
  • Vet and micro-chipping details
  • Required medication
  • Collars and leads
  • Waste bags and litter bags
  • Muzzle (if required)
  • Disinfectant and paper towels
  • Toys and treats
  • Blankets
  • A secure crate to accommodate your pet
  • Name tag including owners phone number
  • First Aid Kit