March 10, 2015

Protect your pet in a disaster- a shareable resource for pet owners

 As many residents of Christchurch discovered, pets get lost in disasters.

How prepared are you for needing to evacuate your home and set up in rescue shelters, strange houses....with your pets?

The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) is endorsing and getting in behind a campaign to help pet owners protect their pets in the event of a disaster.
Protect your pet in a disaster. Make a disaster plan now with this free resource.
Published date: 18 February 2015

The 'Protect Your Pet' initiative, developed by World Animal Protection provides a free disaster planning pack, with simple and practical advice to help pet owners plan for their pet - whether they have dogs, cats, small animals (rats, mice and guinea pigs), rabbits, fish, birds, horses or Assistance/Guide Dogs. New Zealand pet owners can download this free resource by visiting

Dr Cath Watson, NZVA Companion Animal Society Branch President says “the Protect your Pet initiative provides the resources and planning needed to help ensure responsible pet ownership in an emergency. We urge every pet owner in the country to download a disaster pack and make a plan today; before it’s too late.”

Jenny-May Coffin with family and dog Jay. Image from World Animal Protection

The free online resource, has been developed by World Animal Protection in conjunction with the Ministry for Civil Defence & Emergency Management, Ministry for Primary Industries, Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, New Zealand Veterinary Association and other agencies in the National Animal Welfare Emergency Management Advisory Group (NAWEM).

 Certainly worth a read for the sake of the pet you love.

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