Preparing for
a disaster

We have loads of emergency preparedness resource links.

Make sure you: 

  • Have a family emergency plan that includes your animals
  • Ensure all animals are microchipped (check it works every time you visit the vet)
  • Consider adding facial recognition to your animal’s NZCAR profile
  • Have an alternative contact out of the region for your animal’s NZCAR profile
  • Have a pet carrier for each small animal, and a lead and muzzle for each dog
  • Ideally, have a crate for each dog.
  • If you have cats, consider having them become familiar with being in a cat harness and on a cat lead.
  • Never leave your pets behind when evacuating
  • Ensure your dog is wearing its registration tag
  • Keep photos’s of your pets easily accessible (cloud or facebook etc)
  • Have a get-away kit for your pets too
  • Have a neighbour who can evacuate with your pets if you are not home
  • Bring your pets inside during storms and floods
  • If you have a disability assistance dog, ensure it has a civil defence tag.

And make sure your animal is microchipped and that details are up to date with the NZ Companion Animal Register (call them on 0800 LOST PET) too.