Caring for animals in an emergency

by Anonymous Author

When a disaster or emergency strikes animals are often overlooked. This is why it is important to remember to include your domestic and livestock animals in an emergency plan.

Simply attaching a collar with a name and phone number means if an animal gets separated from their owner they can be identified and returned. If a collar is not suitable microchipping is also a good idea.

Remember that, like humans, animals have a few basic needs that can be forgotten in an emergency. Include a blanket, muzzle, lead and food in your getaway box. It also pays to include a name, phone number and address.

If it is safe to take your animals with you, in the case of an emergency, bring their vaccination records or any medications they require. This will help if they need to be placed into temporary care for any reason.

Evacuation centres do not usually have facilities for animals except for guide dogs, however, there are sometimes shelters established for these purposes.

Take note of places that are safe from flood waters, or landslides and power lines, so you know where to place your animals or livestock.

In the event of an evacuation, the responsibility for animal welfare remains with the owner. Check with local council about processes put in place to care for animals during an emergency.