Flood advice from the RSPCA

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1. Think ahead – before it floods

  • Don't wait for a disaster to decide what to do.
  • Plan your escape route.
  • Make sure you can be contacted in an emergency and keep phone numbers of people who can help you move your animals.
  • Make sure you have suitable carriers for small animals.
  • Keep a supply of food for evacuation.

2. Act early

  • Floodwater rises rapidly so if there is a flood warning so don't hope for the best, act early.
  • If you have pets, bring all small animals inside and, if possible, upstairs.
  • Move food, bedding and fresh water somewhere dry.
  • Keep favourite toys dry, these may comfort your pet if you have to take them somewhere else.
  • Put important documents such as microchip numbers, vets and vaccination details in a sealed bag, along with a photo of your pet in a sealed bag, in case your pet gets lost.

3. If disaster strikes

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  • Put your flood plan for your animals into action.
  • Cats, rabbits and other small animals must be transported in suitable carriers, birds in a secure cage and dogs using sturdy leashes.
  • Remember to take your animals' food, water, bowls and bedding with you.
  • If you have no choice but to leave your animals behind, leave them shut inside an upstairs room with ample supplies of food and water. Leave notices on the outside doors to say there are animals inside and contact the RSPCA or your local Flood Warden immediately.

4. Stay Informed!