Be prepared for bushfire season

As devastating fires rage across the state, Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) is reminding pet owners not to forget their furry friends.

Queensland is bracing for one of its worst recorded bushfire seasons with multiple fires currently burning across the state.

While many residents along the east coast have already been evacuated, AWLQ are asking others in vulnerable areas to include their animals in fire preparation plans.  

“Bushfires are extremely dangerous and threaten homes and lives of both humans and animals,” AWLQ spokesperson Craig Montgomery said.

“Having a plan of action in case of an emergency, for both you and your pets, is essential to getting out alive.

“Bushfires can occur in a matter of seconds, providing very little time to evacuate.

“With a plan in place you will know exactly how to react and what needs to be done in order to save the lives of you and your pets.”

AWLQ tips for preparing for bushfire season:

  • Monitor high fire danger days and act as soon as you become aware of a bushfire threat in your area.
  • Ensure your pet can be easily identified with a collar tag and microchip.
  • Have a pet care kit ready to go – the pack should include food, water, medication, a bowl, spare collar and lead as well as a carrier for cats and bedding.
  • Keep towels and blankets handy to cover and protect your pets.
  • Locate your nearest pet friendly refuge centre in case you are unable to take your pets with you.
  • Share your evacuation plans with your neighbours in case you aren’t at home during a bushfire.
  • Practice how you will move your pet, so everyone is prepared.
  • Relocate your pets sooner rather than later to reduce their stress.
  • Seek veterinary care are soon as safely possible if you pet has been injured.
  • Visit Queensland Rural Fire Service to create your own bushfire survival plan.

Worried about summer storms? Read about protecting your pet this storm season here.