Animal welfare in natural disasters

For sick or injured animals or livestock contact your local vet in the first instance. Contact your local council regarding lost and found pets. Call DAF to help find the owners of lost livestock on 13 25 23.

Severe weather patterns, including floods, cyclones and bushfires, can have serious impacts on Queensland homes and properties.

After human safety, the welfare of your animals should be your most important consideration in the event of a natural disaster.

All owners and carers have a duty of care to provide appropriate food, water, shelter and treatment for their animals.

There are many actions that you can take before a natural disaster to help ensure the welfare of your animals. There are also simple steps to follow when addressing the needs of animals during, and after, a natural disaster.

It's also important to note that the rules of the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) are sufficiently flexible during times of natural disasters so that cattle owners and producers have a number of options for dealing with displaced cattle.

This guide will help you protect the safety and welfare of your animals before, during and after a natural disaster in Queensland.