Pets in an Emergency

Pets are special and they are your responsibility. It is up to you to prepare for the safety and welfare of your pets in the case of an emergency. Individual needs will vary and you will need to decide on the best plan for your circumstances and the options available to you.

Cyclone Shelters

Domestic pets and other animals will not be allowed in the cyclone shelters and you will need to make other arrangements for sheltering your pets prior to the cyclone season. Please note: Assistance animals are permitted to enter the shelter and stay with owners.

Temporary Shelters

There are currently no temporary animal shelters in the Whitsunday region during times of major emergencies or disasters. Pet owners are encouraged to take all the necessary steps to have a plan in place early.

Ensuring safety for your pets

The State Government's Get Ready Queensland website has information available on preparing a Pet Emergency Plan for household pets. Click here to read the Pet Emergency Plan Factsheet 7. 

Here are some basic tips to be applied to household pet emergency planning:

• Properly identify your pets including registration and/or micro chipping and ensure your pet has a tag. Remember, telephone lines may be down during a disaster and it is important that any registered method includes your current address.

• Prepare a pet emergency kit is easily accessible and includes medications, medical and vaccination records, vet details, sufficient food and bottled water, can opener, a familiar pet blanket, bedding or toy, a secure pet carrier, leash or harness to move animals to safety and consider your animal's sanitation needs.

• Secure animals inside before an emergency event, so they do not take flight or run away. Never leave an animal tied-up or chained without shelter or bedding. Never leave an animal in a motor vehicle.

• Should your pet be different - such as aquarium fish, reptiles, small livestock etc you may have to make special arrangements in advance of any emergency situation. Contact specialised agencies such as Queensland Primary Industry and Fisheries (livestock), the RSPCA, or your local pet shop or animal's veterinarian for specialised advice in planning for emergencies.
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