HOW TO CARE FOR ANIMALS WHEN RETURNING HOME

During flood and heavy rainfall, animals may become displaced or lost when homes, sheds and fences are damaged or destroyed. Lost animals should be returned to their home property or correct ownership as soon as possible and appropriate care and treatment for any disease or injury provided.

Here are some simple steps to follow for animals in natural disasters - remember if it's flooded, forget it:

  • Make sure your animals have clean water and food.
  • Be careful when handling animals, as they may be frightened or disoriented.
  • Be aware of straying stock and wildlife, and be careful on the roads.
  • Please avoid flood waters and be wary, crocodiles and snakes could turn up in unexpected places where there has been flooding.
  • Contact your local veterinarian regarding sick or injured animals or the RSPCA 24/7 Emergency Hotline 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625) regarding injured wildlife.
  • If you have lost or found an animal notify your local Council in the first instance and contact RSPCA Queensland Lost & Found team on 1300 363 736.
  • For all other matters, contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

COLLABORATION

RSPCA Qld works in collaboration with;

  • Local Government – Animal Management
  • Department of Agriculture and Fisheries - Animal Welfare
  • Department of Environment and Heritage Protection - Wildlife
  • Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing – National Parks

WHAT TO DO WHEN THERE IS A WEATHER WARNING IN YOUR AREA

Keep up to date with weather warnings in your area on the Bureau of Meteorology website. Visit www.bom.gov.au. For public safety warnings in your area visit your local Council website.





ENSURE YOUR PET HAS IDENTIFICATION



If your pet becomes lost in a storm, having appropriate ID can help them be reunited safely. Is your pet microchipped and has a collar with ID?







WHAT TO DO IF YOU LOSE OR FIND A PET



During flood and heavy rainfall, animals may become displaced or lost when homes, sheds and fences are damaged or destroyed. Lost animals should be returned to their home property or correct ownership as soon as possible and appropriate care and treatment for any disease or injury provided. 



  • For lost and found companion animals, contact our RSPCA Qld Lost & Found team on 1300 363 736 and contact your local Council.
  • For sick or injured animals contact your local veterinarian.
  • For all other matters, contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.




TIPS TO ENSURE YOUR PETS ARE SAFE



  • Create a safe and secure space for all of your animals
  • Don’t tether pets if outside - they may do themselves more harm trying to break free
  • Provide access to water and food in heavy bowls if outdoors
  • Keep your cats indoors
  • Take time to prepare a Disaster Pet Preparedness Plan for you and your pet if you need to evacuate
  • Ensure objects in your yard are tied down




WATCH FOR WILDLIFE



Call 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625) to report any sick or injured animals in need of assistance.




Be Prepared, Act Early, Be Considerate, Act Safe. Remember, if it's flooded, forget it!



For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.