Caring for Animals in Disasters

​​​​​​​Your animals and their wellbeing are your responsibility.

Caring for Animals in Disasters - Overview


  • Include your animals in household emergency plans
  • Properly identify your pets (eg. name tags, microchip, or band)
  • Keep a list of emergency phone numbers on display  
  • Be aware that some evacuation centres may not accept animals so plan alternatives accordingly


  • If moving animals to a safer place, do so early to avoid unnecessary risk
  • Ensure there is access to plenty of food and water 
  • If staying at home, secure animals in good time so that they do not take flight


If you have to leave pets behind:

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


  • Your safety, and that of your family, is paramount
  • Don't risk human life trying to find and protect pets  

Planning Ahead

​Preparing a Pet Emergency Kit

Animals remaining on the property​​​

​​​​​Evacuating with animals

​​Further information can be found at:

Page reviewed: 17 Nov 2020 10:43am