Whitehorse City Council

Pets in Emergencies

Your animals are your responsibility and you need to prepare for their safety and welfare in the case of an emergency. 

Be Prepared

  • Include your animals in household emergency plans
  • Properly identify your pets e.g. name tags, Council tag, microchip or band
  • Keep a list of emergency phone numbers on display
  • Be aware that some Emergency Relief Centres may not cater for animals so plan alternatives accordingly

Act Early

  • If moving animals to a safer place, do so early to avoid unnecessary risk
  • Ensure there is access to plenty of food and water if you are leaving them behind
  • If staying at home secure animals early enough so that they do not run away

Be Considerate

  • If you have to leave pets behind, leave them indoors 
  • Place pets in separate rooms with small or preferable no windows e.g. laundry or bathroom
  • Provide adequate food and water in large heavy bowls
  • If left outside, do not tie them up

Act Safely

Your safety, and that of your family, is very important, so please act responsibly when trying to find and protect your pets.