One Million Pets At Risk From Floods
London (ots) - Britain's pet charity, The Blue Cross, warned today
that there are potentially one million pets at risk of loss or injuryin
times of flooding.
With government figures indicating there are approximately two million
properties on flood risk areas across England and Wales, the charity
warned that with pet ownership in the UK at an all time high, the
risk of flooding affecting household pets is growing.
According to the Environment Agency, fewer than one in ten people
have made any advance preparations to minimise potential damage
and heartache caused by flooding.
Steve Goody, director of companion animal welfare at The Blue Cross
said: "Pets rely on their owners for protection, so in times
of flooding they need you to ensure their welfare. What we are suggesting
is not rocket science, it simply means that owners must think in
advance of the 'what if's' and ensure they make provision for their
In response to these growing concerns, The Blue Cross has teamed
up with the Environment Agency to produce an advice leaflet for
pet owners living on floodplains. As with family members and property,
the best way to protect animals in the event of flooding is preparation,
and the Environment Agency backed leaflet aims to provide helpful
advice on what to do before and during times of flooding.
Liz Cook from the Environment Agency said: "The leaflet is
packed with practical tips on how to safeguard your pets. The best
protection you can give is to be prepared for flooding. Taking a
few moments to draw up a flood plan could mean the difference between
life and death for your pet."
Practical advice in the leaflet includes making plans for the evacuation
of pets should owners be away from home and bringing small animals
like rabbits inside when a flood warning is given.
Fifty years ago, the North Sea broke through the sea defences of
the East Coast and Thames Estuary. More than one thousand animals
were saved from the floodwaters by The Blue Cross, who was known
as Our Dumb Friends' League at the time of the disastrous flooding.
The Blue Cross Pets & Floods leaflet is available from The Blue
Cross website www.bluecross.org.uk, the Environment Agency's Floodline
website www.environment-agency.gov.uk/floodline by calling The Blue
Cross on 01993 822651, or Floodline on 0845 988 1188.
The Blue Cross is Britain's pet charity, providing practical support,
information and advice for pet and horse owners. Through its network
of animal adoption centres it rehomes thousands of animals each
year. Its hospitals provide veterinary care for the pets of people
who cannot afford private vets' fees.