As areas of New South Wales prepare to face floodwaters, PETA is offering important advice to ensure the safety of animals should residents be forced to evacuate.
Please alert your readers to the following information, which could help save the lives of companion animals and farmed animals alike, who need to be included in disaster preparation plans.
Cats, Dogs and Other Companion Animals
Never leave animals outdoors, tied up, crated, caged, in hutches, or confined in any way, as they will be unable to flee rising waters. Anyone who sees animals in distress and is unable to help should note their locations and alert authorities immediately.
If possible, move larger animals ahead of time to a field with suitable drainage and an area where animals can stay dry. Switch off power sources like electrical fences.
If establishing a “safe zone” isn’t possible, considering opening or clipping internal fences to allow animals to escape danger. Never let animals loose on roads.
Provide clean water and plenty of food, and be sure to check for contaminated or spoiled food, which can cause health problems. Do not rely on automatic feeding systems.
If you see an animal in danger, call authorities.
Thank you very much for helping to protect animals during flooding.