It is up to you to prepare for the safety and welfare of your pets in case of an emergency. Most evacuation centres (except if in an educational facility) will provide separate areas for companion pets. However, your pet will only be accepted if it is contained in a carry cage or wearing a muzzle. No exceptions can be made.
Get ready now – make a pet emergency plan [455KB] for each pet. You need to bring the essentials outlined in the plan.
Here's what to do if it is not possible to take your pet with you to a temporary evacuation shelter:
- Secure animals inside before an emergency event, so that they do not take flight or run away.
- It may be possible for your pet to be boarded in a safe environment away from the emergency zone.
- If you are able to house your animal in a temporary foster home, again take all the essentials listed in the pet preparedness plan.
Trained assistance dogs
In all cases, trained assistance dogs will be allowed to stay in emergency shelters with their owners. Again, prepare using the pet preparedness plan.
If your pet is not a dog or cat
For advice in planning for small livestock such as pigs and goat contact specialised agencies such as: