It is your responsibility to prepare for the safety and welfare of your pets or other farm animals in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.
If you plan ahead and are prepared your animals will stay safe and out of danger.
Check with your local shire about the possibility of natural hazards in your area and if there are animal welfare arrangements in place during an emergency.
It is a good idea to have a pet emergency kit and a plan for domestic pets to help guide you in the lead up to and during emergency situations.
*If pets are likely to be at risk, every effort should be made to arrange to take them to a safer area in advance. This might be to take them to relatives, friends, animal boarding facilities or to a temporary animal shelter or evacuation centre which accepts animals.
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Allow for the special needs of some animals
Animals should only be left behind when it is impossible to move them in advance or to take them with you.
If you do leave them, at least take these precautions:
*Extracts of this content were produced by EMA in close consultation with the RSPCA, the Australian Veterinary Association and relevant State and Territory emergency management agencies through the National Community Awareness Advisory Group
Trained and accredited guide and assistance dogs will be allowed to stay in emergency shelters with their owners. Those accepted will require appropriate evidence of registration, accreditation and identification.
After a natural disaster the environment will have changed. Animals may become disorientated, frightened and aggressive during this time.
Take care when releasing them and do so in a confined area to avoid their escape.
Check with pounds, shelters, animal control authorities and boarding facilities for missing animals. Take a recent photograph of your pets with you to help identify them.
If you find sick or injured wildlife call Wildcare on 9474 9055. This service operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
RSPCA WA may also provide support and relocation for lost and injured animals after natural disasters.
For more information visit www.rspcawa.asn.au or call 9209 9300.