Block A, Centre House
Tuesday 1st May 2012
Pet owners are being urged to think of their animals as the UK is affected by floods and more rain is predicted to be on the way.
Animal charity Blue Cross wants owners to think ahead about how they would protect their pets should they have to evacuate their homes.
During floods, pets rely on their owners for protection and rescue.
Claire Stallard, Blue Cross animal behaviourist, said: "When floods strike, please think of your pets who can become easily lost, trapped or disorientated in extreme conditions. While you should never put your own life in danger to save an animal, they rely on their owners for their welfare and a little preparation can spare a lot of pain and trauma."
The charity suggests keeping portable pet carriers close to hand, small animals indoors and, if possible, upstairs; and consider moving animals to a friend or family member who lives outside the flood-risk area.
A Blue Cross spokesman said: "Ensuring your cat or dog is wearing proper identification or has been microchipped, working out an escape route and leaving notices on the doors of your house if you have to leave a pet behind are all ways of giving your pet the best chance of rescue, survival and being reunited with you."
More advice can be found at http://www.bluecross.org.uk/flooding.
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