Animals in emergencies
Many types of emergencies and threats may impact on animals, whether they be companion animals, livestock, or wildlife in bushland – and whether the setting is rural or urban.
Animals play a significant role in the lives of Victorians. Furthermore, recent emergencies in Australia and overseas have highlighted that bonds between people and animals strongly influence decision-making in times of emergency. Inadequate planning for the management of animals and their welfare in emergencies can result in poor, last-minute decisions with dangerous or fatal consequences for animals and their owners or carers.
Animal owners and carers have the ultimate 'duty of care' to plan and provide for the needs of animals in their charge. However, in the event of an emergency, government and non-government organisations and groups acknowledge the supporting role they can play in helping owners or carers meet their responsibilities.
The Victorian Emergency Animal Welfare Plan describes the state's arrangements and is supported by municipal plans and guidelines.
There are many decisions to make about your animals and an emergency event. Information and fact sheets are available to assist people to care for companion animals, livestock and wildlife when preparing for – or responding to – an emergency.
Responding to emergencies, planning for emergencies
- Livestock and bushfires
- Horses and emergencies
- Horses and bushfire
- Horses and floods
- American Veterinary Medical Association – 'saving the whole family' video
- Equine U emergency planning workbook for horse owners
Recovering from emergencies
- Agisting livestock affected by bushfire
- Assessing cattle after bushfire
- Assessing sheep after bushfire
- Disposing of carcasses in response to bushfire, flood or drought
- Emergency stock containment areas
- Fencing assistance
- Floods and animal health
- Help for animals affected by bushfire
- Horses and bushfire
- Horses and flood
Extreme heat events
Emergency animal disease
- Guidelines for managing animals at Emergency Relief Centres, assembly areas or other places of emergency shelter