Pet owners encouraged to make disaster plans, save lives

18 December 2014

Many people do not prepare disaster plans for their pets, which can result in losing valuable time and making last minute decisions when a disaster occurs.

This summer World Animal Protection launches Protect Your Pet, a new campaign to help Australians make disaster plans for their pets.

Make a plan to protect your pet

Pet owners can sign up to receive a Disaster Pack with important information to keep pets safe including a checklist to prepare disaster survival kits for pets. There is general guidance for floods, fires, hot weather, storms and tropical cyclones. Disaster packs can be downloaded for dogs, cats, fish, birds, small animals and horses.

Many people do not prepare disaster plans for their pets, which can result in losing valuable time and making last minute decisions when a disaster occurs.

Nicola Beynon, Head of Campaigns for World Animal Protection, said: 

“Disasters can be deadly. They can strike at any time and without warning. People can put their lives and the lives of rescue teams at risk by being unprepared.

“Being prepared means acting early and staying safe. Make a plan to protect your pet today to avoid delays or panicked decisions in a disaster. You’ll save time, and avoid risking your life to save your pet when a disaster strikes.”

Craig Lapsley, Emergency Management Victoria Commissioner, said:

"Pets are an important part of the family to many people. They need to be part of any planning so that in the event of an emergency, you can help to keep them safe but also focus on protecting yourself and your family.

“Trying to save animals at the last minute can put yours and your pet’s life at risk.

“Plan for where you will go, what you will take and options because each emergency situation will be different."

Visit www.protectyourpet.org.au today to get your Disaster Pack and start planning for your pet today.

Being prepared means acting early and staying safe.
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