Don’t forget your pet in a bushfire emergency

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MUNDARING Shire is asking residents to remember their pets and livestock in their bushfire survival plans.

Statistics show more than 60 per cent of Australian households have a pet. However, actions for keeping them safe in an emergency are often overlooked.

Shire President John Daw urged residents to take a look at the Shire’s animal welfare plan on the council website.

He suggested residents ask family and friends in advance to care for pets in the event of a bushfire.

Cr Daw said the rule of thumb was to take pets when first leaving the home in an emergency.

“It would be devastating to try to collect them on a return trip to find the roads have been closed because the area has been deemed unsafe,” he said.

Pet owners are asked to check animals are micro chipped and registered with up-to-date contact information.

DFES and RSPCA have made a video outlining the steps to consider when evacuating with pets.

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