Many pounds report an increase in runaway cats and dogs after a storm and AWLQ also often sees a significant influx of lost animals coming into its care after severe weather events.
Pets are at higher risk of becoming lost during a storm.
The sudden atmospheric changes and loud noises associated with storms is one of the most prevalent phobias in animals and result in many of them digging under or jumping over fences to escape from their properties and “get away” from the storm.
This then puts them at risk of injuring themselves. While there is no magic solution to prevent animals from becoming distressed during storms but there are several things you can do to calm and protect your pets.
In the event your pet does go missing during a storm, check your neighbourhood as someone may have found your pet and are keeping them safe.
Ensure you contact your local council, animal shelters and vet clinics. It is also a good idea to list your pet missing on social media lost and found pages.
Lost cats and dogs behave differently depending on whether they are shy or confident, whether kept indoors or are used to being outside and many other factors.
AWLQ has developed a variety of resources to assist you during this time. These provide the essential steps to help you find your lost cat or dog and to help you find the owners of lost pets.
Most importantly, don’t give up – cats are often found weeks or months after they go missing.
Pet owners should also make sure they have an emergency plan in place for your pets during a natural disaster.
The information in this article has been prepared for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal advice or specific advice to any particular person. Any advice contained in the document is general advice, not intended as legal advice or professional advice and does not take into account any person’s particular circumstances. Before acting on anything based on this advice you should consider its appropriateness to you, having regard to your objectives and needs.