Emergencies and safety

Animals in emergencies

Your animals are your responsibility. Failing to plan ahead for your animals' safety during an emergency puts everyone’s lives at risk. Make sure to:

  • include your animals in your emergency plan
  • practice your plan - animals may act erratically during an actual emergency event
  • act early to move your animals to safer places if required
  • ensure animals have access to food and water
  • don't risk human life trying to find and protect animals.

Pets and assistance animals in emergencies

The RSPCA provides information on looking after your pets or an assistance animal before, during and after an emergency, as well as what to do in different emergencies including bushfires and extreme heat.


Pets in emergencies

Livestock in emergencies

Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) has information on the responsibilities of animal owners and what assistance and services may be available in an emergency.


Animal safety in emergencies

Horses in emergencies

Horse SA has a comprehensive site on plans for 'stay or go', how to prepare your property and how to recover from an emergency event.

Horse SA

My horse disaster plan

Large animal rescue

Wildlife in emergencies

For individual animals affected by vehicle collisions, storms or hot weather, seek expert advice from:

  • a VET
  • the RSPCA SA - phone 1300 477 722
  • Fauna Rescue or phone the Wildlife Hotline on 8289 0896.

During other large-scale emergencies, such as bushfires, wildlife issues can be referred to  South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management (SAVEM) or RSPCA SA. These organisations are coordinated during an emergency by PIRSA Agriculture and Animal Services (AAS). Phone the AAS hotline on 1800 255 556.

Page last updated 4 June 2018

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