RSPCA urges people to have a flood plan for pets

Wednesday, 13th June 2012

The RSPCA has urged people to have a plan as to what to do with their pets if their home floods.

There have been widespread floods across the UK and the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning, saying the public should be aware of the risk of localised flooding.

In response, the charity has been working with the Fire and Rescue services in affected areas and has already rescued a number of pets from flooded homes.

RSPCA inspector Tony Woodley said: "The public rightly feel very passionate about their animals and are often reluctant to leave them in times of crisis.

"It can make a difficult situation worse if they have not considered how they will care for their animals in transit or where to keep them until they can return to their homes."

Those concerned about their pets and flooding can visit the charity's dedicated page to flood advice.

It suggests people keep an emergency supply of pet food, keep their favourite pet toys dry so they feel comfortable if you need to move them and make sure you have suitable carriers for small animals.