Proper planning for pets

18 October 2023|Community News, Pet talk| Off Comments off on Proper planning for pets|

The RSPCA has released a new emergency planning toolkit which provides Tasmanian pet owners with a guide to help protect their pets during emergencies such as floods and bushfires.

The ‘Ready Pet Go’ project was developed in collaboration with local councils, Tas Alert, SES and the Tasmania Fire Service, with funding from the National Risk Production Grant Program.

The free resource provides information on how to prepare for an emergency and act promptly if such a situation arises.

RSPCA marketing and relationships manager Kerri Walsh said the project was designed to provide pet owners with tools and information that could not be found anywhere else.

“The practical handbook provides information on how to evacuate safely with your pet and what to do once reaching an evacuation site,” she said.

“It is critical that all pet owners are prepared to evacuate in an emergency and have the steps in place to do so quickly and efficiently.

“This has been a large-scale collaborative project. We have had valued consultation from the SES, local councils and emergency preparedness programs such as ‘Sparking Conversations Igniting Action’.”

‘Sparking Conversations Igniting Action’ is a federally funded program working across four greater Hobart council regions to provide community support for bushfire preparedness and resilience.

“Most people in communities don’t have an emergency plan for their pets and this initiative by the RSPCA in collaboration with local councils provides an easily accessible toolkit for everyone,” project manager Bree Hunter said.

“It is essential that any widespread emergency plan has input from councils because they are the first touchpoint for community members and it’s encouraging to see local councils getting involved in projects such as this.”

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