Pet owners have been urged to keep their animals safe as the UK faces intense rain and wind.
As red, amber and yellow weather warnings have been issued across the UK, Wales and Scotland, the RSPCA has warned animal lovers to protect their pets from extreme conditions.
RSPCA Spokesperson Amy Ockelford said: “Hurricane Dudley hit parts of the UK earlier this week and forecasters are now predicting that Cyclone Eunice could be even stronger.
“We urge pet owners to monitor the forecast and plan ahead to ensure the safety of their pets.”
Advice is given after a series overwhelm Warnings have been issued nationwide.
And pet owners have been asked to make an emergency plan.
Amy added: “Make sure you have a plan so you know how to get your family and animals out of harm’s way if flooding affects you.
“Flood waters can rise rapidly so we urge people to act early and never put themselves in danger.”
Instead, RSCPA suggests calling emergency responders on 0300 1234 999 for help.
The RSPCA is part of Defra’s National Flood Response Team and has around 100 officers with a fleet of 35 ships to help with any flooded areas.
Teams can be placed on standby to respond to flood emergencies or to rescue animals and people.
If your area flood You should consider moving your animals to higher ground or moving pets indoors.
If you must leave pets behind, make sure they have plenty of food and water.
And leave a notice on the door to make it clear that there are animals inside that need help.
Then contact your local flood manager immediately.
But never put your life in jeopardy when trying to rescue an animal.
If you are concerned about an animal during stormy weather or flooding, please note the location and time, and call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 for advice.
Tips to keep your pets safe during Hurricane Eunice
- Make sure you have enough food, water and medicine in stock
- Make sure cats can enter the house so they stay dry and away from harmful agents
- Avoid dangerous places when you walk your dog and check the forecast for any weather warnings before you go for a walk
- Wrap your dog in a warm coat if he is old or sick
- Wear reflective clothing if it’s getting dark
- Create a cozy, relaxing space for your pet – they can get scared during storms
- Provide outdoor pets, like rabbits, an extra bed, and make sure poultry, like chickens and ducks, have a safe, dry place to stay
- Move outdoor pets inside or into a suitable property if the weather turns inclement
- Make a flood escape plan and make sure you have a carry-on for small animals as well as collars and leashes
- Carpet the horses and ponies and make sure they have shelter, or move them to a barn if the weather is inclement
- Arrange with a friend to take care of your livestock in case you cannot reach them due to a fallen tree or flood.
- Consider leaving your contact information on the field gate in case of an emergency
- Leave food and water for wildlife and seek help if you find an injured or stranded animal
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