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Caring for Pets and Animals

When making a plan for what your household will do in the event of a cyclone or other disaster, it is important to remember to include provision for any pets. 

While residents are strongly encouraged to stay in their homes or the home of a friend or family members during a cyclone, you may feel that your house will not be safe enough to withstand the potential damaging effects.  If instructed by the Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG), places of refuge will be opened to provide protection for people until the cyclone has passed and it is safe to return home.

If opened as a place of refuge, the PCYC Cooktown Events Centre is large enough to be able to accommodate domestic cats and dogs under the conditions that they must be registered with Cook Shire Council and be in a secure cage at all times.  All animals will be placed in a secure area away from the general population.  Pet owners are responsible for providing adequate bedding, 48 hours of food and water, and any other essential items for their animals.

Useful links

Prepare Your Pets - Emergency Management Queensland 

Animal Welfare in Natural Disasters - Department of Agricultural and Fisheries

Pet Emergency Plan - Queensland Government

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10 Furneaux Street Cooktown, Qld 4895

Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895

Email: mail@cook.qld.gov.au

Phone: (07) 4069 5444

Fax: (07) 4082 0588