RSPCA NSW is urging those writing or revising their bushfire and storm survival plans to ensure their animals are included, as the state again braces for extreme weather and catastrophic fire conditions over the coming months.
“It’s crucial to plan ahead,” said RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman. “The sad reality is some people have no choice but to leave their animals behind because they’ve not included their pets as part of their evacuation plan,” Mr Coleman added.
It’s important to have different plans for companion animals and livestock.
RSPCA NSW’s companion animal evacuation checklist:
- Have carry boxes (for smaller pets), leads (for dogs) and halters (for horses) ready.
- Ensure pets wear collars and current ID tags with current contact information.
- Always have a secondary contact number on the ID tag or microchip record — a home phone won’t be answered in an evacuation.
- Ensure pets are microchipped and registered with your local council.
- Prepare an emergency pet supply kit including food and water, food and water bowls, kitty litter and litter tray for cats, medication, blankets and towels.
- Keep current photos of your pets in case they become lost.
- If pets should become lost during an emergency, contact the RSPCA for tips on how to locate them.
- Appoint a backup person who can implement your evacuation plan in your absence.
- Prepare and maintain fuel-reduced areas onto which livestock can be moved and held.
- Have emergency supplies of fodder and water available.
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