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Pets in rest centres

What to do if you have to evacuate your pet to a rest centre.

If you are evacuated to a rest centre please be aware that these are emergency facilities and provisions for pets will be very limited and rudimentary – this increases the importance of you providing for your pet, and ensuring that you have an adequate pet carrier and bedding for your pet. Pets may be housed separately to their owners. You will not be allowed to bring your pets into the communal areas, but you will be allowed to have access to your pets, as you will be expected to care for them. We are unable to supply the following so please make sure that you adequately provide for your pet:

  • Food
  • Medications
  • Bedding
  • Transport cages or carriers
  • Litter Trays and Litter

At the Rest Centre we may be able to call out a Vet on your behalf so that minor injuries can be dealt with or prescriptions can be issued. However, we cannot accept costs for these and all costs will have to be paid for by owners.

In an emergency, it may be some time before you can return to your home. In this case it may be better if you can home your pet in a cattery or kennels whilst you make the necessary arrangements to return home. Remember that catteries and kennels will need to be sure that your pet has current vaccinations before they will accept them into their care – keep copies of these certificates in your emergency pack, or be sure to bring the originals with you.

If you have no alternative but to leave your pet at home, there are some precautions you can take, but remember that leaving your pet at home alone can place your animal in great danger. Confine your pet to a safe area inside (if flooding is expected, move your pets upstairs) – NEVER leave your pet tied up outside! Leave them loose inside your home with food and plenty of water, bedding and a litter tray – it may take some time before your pet can be recovered. As soon as you get to a place of safety, tell us about your pet and provide a phone number where you or a contact can be reached as well as the name and number of your vet. You may need to hand over your home keys to animal welfare organisations or the emergency services so your pet can be recovered.

We have produced a simple step by step guide on how you can better prepare your pets for these eventualities.

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