Emergency Planning for Pets and Livestock
At a time of emergency, ensuring your pets and livestock are safe and secure is essential so that you and your family are able to move quickly and easily.
Identification for Animals
It's extremely important to ensure your animals wear identification, are microchipped or their cage is clearly marked with your contact details. Dogs and cats should always wear collars with an identification tag, livestock should be branded or earmarked and birds should have leg bands.
Prepare Emergency Supplies
Animal food, water, bowls, toys, beds, blankets and other items should all be kept as part of your emergency kit. If your animals require special medication, be sure to keep an extra supply handy. It's also recommended that you keep an animal first-aid book in your emergency kit. Animal carriers and leashes should be easily accessible and horse floats and other vehicle animal carriers should be available at short notice.
Fences should be checked and repaired immediately, before your pets are in a situation where they'll be desperate to escape danger.
If your pet is kept in an outside run, make sure it's in a location where falling debris (trees, roof tiles, power lines, chimney bricks etc.) will not be of danger to your animal.
Livestock in Fire and Flood Emergencies
In the event of a flood, endeavour to move livestock away from the affected area. If this is not possible, try to move livestock to higher ground and ensure there is access to food.
In the event of a fire, livestock is considered a high priority by fire brigades, however owners should endeavour to relocate animals if safe and possible. If left near the fire, move them to an area where firebreaks are in good condition and there is little fuel loading such as grass, bushes and structures. A barren, fenced area with adequate water and reticulation is most preferable.
Attempting to Rescue Animals
Sadly, lives are lost when people try to rescue their pet in an emergency. If you're not at home when an emergency occurs and are concerned about the safety of your pet, contact City Assist on 9439 0400 or 0411 078 264 (emergencies only) and if possible they will check on your animals.
Animal Management - Important Contact Numbers
|City Assist||9439 0400|
|After Hours Emergency||0411 078 264|
|Kwinana Veterinary Clinic||9419 1346|
|Larkhill Vet (equine and small animals)||9524 3838|
|Baldivis Veterinary Clinic||9524 1466|
|Murdoch Pet Emergency Centre||1300 652 494|
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services website provides information on Animal Welfare, including pet kits and plans.