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Animal management and emergencies

Pets in Mitchell Shire

Mitchell Shire does have emergency sites or locations to support some animals, however the first option for pet safety should always be with family or friends outside the affected area that can better provide for animals. If this is not feasible pet friendly accommodation or boarding kennels may be available and appropriate.

The location of evacuation points is advised to the community after all details of the emergency situation are known.

What should I do with my pets in an emergency?

It is important to have a plan in place for your pet should you need to evacuate.

If you are leaving early with your pets remember to be prepared with bedding, food and water and make sure you can transport them – pets are always safer on a lead or in a carrier. Always put your own safety before the safety of your pets. If you cannot take them with you, know where you could house your pets. This may include boarding kennels, a relative/friend’s place or take them with you.

For further information please refer to the CFA website.

Pets with burns

If your pets have suffered burn injuries during a fire, they must receive immediate treatment. When safe to do so, take your pets to the nearest vet clinic or animal shelter.

What should I do with horses or livestock during an emergency?

It is important to prepare a fire plan that covers major disasters and emergencies. Leaving early is crucial to the survival of your animals.

Your horses and/or livestock evacuation plan must include:

  1. an evacuation route for your horses and/or livestock which allows enough time for you to reach your destination safely
  2. which animals you take with you and which may be left behind
  3. an emergency/disaster kit for your animals and a prominent place it is kept. Depending on the type of animal, a kit might include two to three days of feed, water, halters, leads, rugs, a first aid kit, medications and relevant documentation
  4. a water supply for your animals that will last them at least 5 days, even if you expect to be home that evening
  5.  practice sessions, leading and loading them into a trailer or float. Have equipment close at hand that may be needed such as halters and lead ropes.

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Horses or livestock during bushfires or grassfires

Know which routes you will take to reach safer locations. Call ahead to your prearranged locations to let them know you are coming. The safest option is to leave early on high fire risk days.

On a Severe, Extreme and Code Red bushfire days, you must leave the night before or early in the morning.

Help for wildlife

For support and assistance for wildlife during emergencies, register details with Wildlife Victoria.

Stay in touch via Facebook

Follow our Facebook page, Animals of Mitchell Shire, which is predominately used to reunite lost pets and animals with their owners in Mitchell Shire. Like our page to see what's been impounded, post a photo and some details of your own lost or found pet or just share a story or a photo.

Follow our Facebook page, Mitchell Shire Council Fire Information, for fire safety information, incident updates or relief centre information.

Useful information

The State Government also has some useful advice to help you protect your pets and livestock in an emergency including periods of extreme weather:

Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP)

Read the Domestic Animal Management Plan 2021-2025 below.

This page was last updated on 10 December 2021.