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Protect your pets with a bushfire plan
In our harsh Australian summer season, all Australians need to have a bushfire plan. An important but often overlooked part of this plan is to have a pet emergency plan. This will ensure all pet owners are well prepared to protect their pets in emergencies. This important step could be the key to survival this bushfire season for both people and animals.

RSPCA Pet Emergency Plan - image from RSPCA
RSPCA Pet Emergency Plan - image from RSPCA


A fire emergency may happen suddenly, and it is important not to panic when the decision has been made to evacuate, and have a plan that includes everyone. In terms of the precious animals in your life there are three easy steps to your Pet Emergency Plan: include your pets in your wider Bushfire Survival Plan, prepare a Pet Emergency Kit, and practice your plan.

RSPCA Pet Emergency Plan - image from RSPCA Facebook page
RSPCA Pet Emergency Plan - image from RSPCA Facebook page


CFS Project Officer, Oshanna Alexander, says being prepared with a pet emergency plan as part of your bushfire survival plan will assist in staying calm and focussed at the time a bushfire occurs. "On days of extreme fire danger or when a bushfire warning message has been issued knowing what you are going to do with your pets will potentially reduce stress," she said.

"Without a plan for your pets, you can quickly find yourself in an overwhelming situation especially if you are trying to gather cats, dogs or even horses and work out what to do with them. "A plan for the pet may include how you will transport them, where you will take them and who will take responsibility. You may be able to assign a small task to each of your children for instance."

To learn more about the Pet Emergency Plan and to start planning, see here

RSPCA Pet Emergency Plan - image from RSPCA Facebook page
RSPCA Pet Emergency Plan - image from RSPCA Facebook page


The RSPCA has collaborated with the CFS to promote the need for a Pet Emergency Plan and produced a video that illustrates an example of a well-executed pet emergency plan.

More information on prepping your own Pet Emergency Plan is available here

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