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A number of tools and resources are available for owners and carers of animals, community groups and Local Governments, to help prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies that may impact their animals' welfare.

Plan for Animal Welfare in Emergencies 

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is responsibile for the State-level Plan for Animal Welfare in Emergencies (PAWE), the State Support Plan - Animal Welfare in Emergencies (State Support PAWE), which is available on the State Emergency Management Committee Support functions page. 

Local PAWE

Local Governments are encouraged to have a local PAWE to support their communities to prepare for and respond to hazards they face. The Local Plan for Animal Welfare in Emergencies: Guide and Template has been developed to assist Local Governments in creating a Local PAWE suited to their jurisdiction, community and risks faced. The Guide and Template aligns to the State Support PAWE to assist in the collaboration between Local Governments and State agencies in emergencies. Developing a Local PAWE should include a risk assessment to determine the responsibility of Local Government and relevant liabilities.  Local Governments can seek support from the WALGA Emergency Management team in the development of Local PAWEs and the department can provide support via email to

DPIRD Local PAWE: Guide and Template

Pause for your PAWE

Owners and carers of animals are encouraged to develop their own PAWE as part of their Emergency Plans for hazards they face. You can find advice on what to include in your PAWE by downloading the hazard PAWEs below:






Fact sheets

Fact sheets are available to help owners and carers of animals prepare for emergencies. They are available as both a single sided fact sheet or with the PAWE on the reverse side for printing at home for the following emergencies:.






Helpful links

There are a number of government agencies, not-for-profit organisations and community-based groups that provide information, training and tools to help people prepare for emergency and build community resilience. 

The department provides the following links as information only and content found within each link remains the responsibility of the individual organisation. The Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and the State of Western Australia accept no liability whatsoever by reason of negligence or otherwise arising from the use or release of this information or any part of it.

Australian Red Cross | Register. Find. Reunite

Emergency Animal Support Evacuation (EASE) WA

Emergency WA

Department of Fire and Emergency Services | 5 Minute Fire Chat

Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions | Wildcare Helpline | Wildcare other agencies | Native ARC



WA Horse Council



Contact information

Animal Welfare In Emergencies

Further information on reporting animal cruelty is available.