With heavy rainfall in parts of Queensland from February 23, 2022, it’s a timely reminder to ensure your pets are safe.
RSPCA Spokesperson Emma Lagoon says, “It’s important to prepare your pets and livestock for any weather event because we want to see them safe from harm and not displaced and in need of rescue.”
Keep up to date with weather warnings in your area on the Bureau of Meteorology website. Visit www.bom.gov.au. For public safety warnings in your area visit your local Council website.
- Are you prepared? Visit www.getready.qld.gov.au
- For alerts in your area visit www.qldalert.com
- Prepare your pets. Visit Queensland Government and learn how to prepare your pets for emergencies with our Pet Emergency Action Plan here.
ENSURE YOUR PET HAS IDENTIFICATION
If your pet becomes lost in a storm, having appropriate ID can help them be reunited safely. Is your pet microchipped and has a collar with ID?
WHAT TO DO IF YOU LOSE OR FIND A PET
During flood and heavy rainfall, animals may become displaced or lost when homes, sheds and fences are damaged or destroyed. Lost animals should be returned to their home property or correct ownership as soon as possible and appropriate care and treatment for any disease or injury provided.
- For lost and found companion animals, contact our RSPCA Qld Lost & Found team on 1300 363 736 and contact your local Council.
- For sick or injured pets contact your local veterinarian.
- For all other matters, contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.
TIPS TO ENSURE YOUR PETS ARE SAFE
- Create a safe and secure space for all of your animals
- Move livestock to higher ground early if paddocks are known to flood
- Don’t tether pets if outside - they may do themselves more harm trying to break free
- Provide access to water and food in heavy bowls if outdoors
- Keep your cats indoors
- Take time to prepare a Pet Emergency Action Plan for you and your pet if you need to evacuate
- Ensure objects in your yard are tied down
WATCH FOR WILDLIFE
Call 1300 ANIMAL to report any sick or injured animals in need of assistance.
Be Prepared, Act Early, Be Considerate, Act Safe.
For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
Remember, if it's flooded, forget it!