Flood advice

RSPCA inspectors rescuing family and pet dogs. © Lee Hopgood/RSPCA Photolibrary

This handy guide helps you prepare in case of flooding so you can get your animals to safety more easily.


In an emergency, contact us on our 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.


You can check for flood warnings at the Environment Agency website or the Natural resources Wales website.


1. Before it floods

  • Plan your escape route.
     
  • Ensure you can be contacted in an emergency. Keep phone numbers of people who can help move your animals.
     
  • Download our flood advice poster on the right – it contains emergency numbers you might need.
     

Pets

  • Make sure you have suitable carriers for small animals.
  • Keep a supply of food for evacuation.


Livestock/horses

  • Ensure any extra gates you need for emergency access are fitted and attach your details on field gates.
     

2. Act early

Floodwater rises rapidly. If there is a flood warning don’t hope for the best, act early.


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.
     
  • Put important documents such as microchip numbers, vets and vaccination details in a sealed bag, along with a photo of your pet in case they get lost.


Livestock/horses

  • Animals will need to be moved to high ground early.
     
  • Make sure you have emergency feed and fresh water supplies.


3. If disaster strikes

Put your flood plan for your animals into action.


Don’t put your own or another life in danger to attempt an animal rescue.


Pets

  • 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 to leave your animals behind, leave them inside an upstairs room with plenty of food and water. Leave notices on the outside doors to say there are animals inside and contact us or your local Flood Warden immediately.


Livestock/horses

  • If you haven’t already, move animals to high ground if the escape route is accessible .
     
  • Make sure you have emergency feed and fresh water supplies.

 
4. Stay Informed!

You can call Floodline - 0845 988 1188 - for information and flood warnings 24 hours a day, or visit:

www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood

www.naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

www.metoffice.gov.uk