Flood advice

Prepare in case of flooding so you can get your animals to safety more easily. You can check for flood warnings at the Environment Agency or the Natural resources Wales websites.

UK flood warnings

With Storms predicted to bring heavy rain and gales to the UK, we urge all animal owners to keep an eye on the weather forecast in their area and plan ahead to make sure animals are safe.

Our Animal Rescue Teams will be ready to deal with any animals in need during the adverse weather. Support their hard and dedicated work today by donating.

Donate to help our rescue teams

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

Before it floods be prepared

  • 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 (PDF 174KB) - it contains emergency numbers you might need.


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

Livestock and horses

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

Act early before the flood rises

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


  • 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 and horses

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

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.


  • 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 and 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.

Stay updated about floods

You can call Floodline - 0345 988 1188 - for information and flood warnings 24 hours a day, or visit:




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