Pets and emergencies

Dog being hosed off with water to cool down

Steps to protect animals during emergencies and natural disasters

If you own pets or livestock, it’s important to prepare for their safety and welfare in the case of an emergency.

Be prepared

  • include animals in your Household emergency plan
  • properly identify your pets: use name tags, microchips.
  • keep a list of Emergency contacts on display
  • be aware that some emergency relief centres may not cater for animals, so make an alternative plan.

Act early

  • if moving animals to a safer place, do it early
  • ensure they have access to food and water
  • if staying at home, secure animals so they can't run away.

Be considerate

  • if you have to leave pets behind, leave them inside if possible
  • place pets in separate rooms with small or no windows e.g. bathroom or laundry
  • provide food and water in large heavy bowls
  • if left outside, do not tie pets up.

Act safe

  • Your safety, and that of your family, is very important. Don't risk human life trying to find and protect pets. 

Bushfire emergencies and your pets

It's important to know how to keep your pets safe and prepared during a bushfire emergency.  The CFA Victoria website has a number of useful resources to help you prepare.

More information

For further information, please visit the Agriculture Victoria website.

Last updated: 11 April 2024 - 12:37pm