World Animal Protection is now working to encourage communities and governments to put these principles in place around Australia, to make sure animals are accounted for in future disasters.
Why do we help animals in disasters?
Helping animals in disasters reduces their distress and helps communities recover and rebuild. Many of the world’s poorest people rely on animals for their livelihoods. Pets are also valued as important companions in many cultures.
Sadly, pets are often injured, lost or killed in disasters due to lack of preparation. Forgetting to include animal safety in disaster plans can threaten human lives when people attempt to evacuate their animals at the last minute, or make panicked decisions in the face of a disaster.