Caring for pets and livestock

Note: Newer information on this topic is available on the Get Ready website page - Plan for your pet.


If you have pets, domestic animals or livestock, include them in your emergency planning.

  • Attach a permanent disc to your pet’s collar that clearly states your phone number, name and address. Microchip your pets.
  • Ensure you have a carry box, towel or blanket, emergency food, a lead and muzzle as part of your pet’s emergency getaway kit. Put your name, phone number and address on the box.
  • In the event of an evacuation take your pets with you if you can safely do so. Take their vaccination records and essential medications with you as this will help your pet be re-housed if necessary.
  • Welfare or evacuation centres generally will not accept pets except for service animals such as guide dogs. Some communities have established sheltering options for pets.
  • Make in-case-of-evacuation arrangements with friends or relatives outside your neighbourhood or area.
  • Keep a list of “pet-friendly” hotels and motels and their contact details in case you have to evacuate your home or neighbourhood.
  • If you have domestic animals (such as horses, pigs or poultry) or livestock, know which paddocks are safe to move livestock away from floodwaters, landslides and power lines. In the event of an evacuation, ensure you have a plan in place so that they will be secure and have food, water and shelter. The responsibility for animal welfare remains with the owner.
  • Check with your council about local arrangements for assisting with domestic animal issues.