Fire, Flood, Storm, Tsunami & Quake Safety

Pets & Bushfires

Prepare a Bushfire Survival Plan for your pets

  • Decide whether you will keep your pets with you or move them elsewhere during days of high fire risk. Include these details in your Bushfire Survival Plan. Remember, on Code Red days the safest place to be is away from high- risk bushfire areas.
  • • If you choose to keep your pets with you, it’s important to confine them early. • Pets are safest inside a secure room, on a lead or in carriers. • Make sure you have wet towels and woollen blankets available to cover and protect your pets. • Make sure they have plenty of water to drink.

• It is important that your pets are microchipped and wearing a collar identification tag at all times. Ensure all contact information is current and include an emergency contact outside your area that is linked to your pets’ records. The National Pet Register provides free identification for cats and dogs. Visit or call 1300 734 738.

• Make a list of where you could house your pets if you decide to leave early. This may include boarding kennels, a relative/friend’s place or you may be able to keep them with you.

• Discuss with neighbours how your pets might be protected in case you are not at home or cannot make it home during

• bushfire. Keep in regular contact with your neighbours during the fire danger period to let them know your plans.

• Have a bushfire relocation kit or your pets stored within easy reach so you are ready to leave early.

• Practise how you will move your pets if you leave.

• If you take your pets on holiday into a high-risk bushfire area, make sure you prepare for their safety, along with your family’s and your own, in the event of a bushfire.

Prepare a bushfire relocation kit for your pets

Relocate your pets early on high fire danger days to a safer area. If you plan to relocate your pets, move them to a safer area well before a bushfire threatens. If you do not have friends or family in safer areas who can care for your pet, consider a boarding facility. If you relocate with your pets, make sure they are secured with a collar and lead or confined in a carrier. Make sure the carriers are clearly labelled with your contact details. Your bushfire relocation kit for pets should include: food and water a bowl for each pet a second collar and lead a carrier for cats and smaller pets bedding and a woollen blanket a pet first aid kit – seek your vet’s advice a favourite toy any medications your pet is taking plus a written list of them your pet’s medical history including proof of vaccination your vet’s contact details.


If you live near bush, grassland or coastal areas, you need to develop a Bushfire Survival Plan that includes your pets. Whether pets are at home with you, relocated during high risk days or brought along on holidays, you need to plan and prepare for their safety as well as your family’s and your own.

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