Tools and helpful links

Page last updated: Friday, 21 February 2020 - 4:04pm

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, which is available on the State Emergency Management Committee Support functions page. 

Local Governments are encouraged to have a local PAWE to support their communities to prepare for and respond to hazards they face. The department has developed a draft local PAWE: Guide and Template, currently out for consultation with Local Governments, to be made available online in 2020.

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 in the Bushfire - Plan for your Animal's Welfare in an Emergency document.

Fact sheets

The following 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.

Bushfire - Companion animals | Companion animals + PAWE

Bushfire - Horses | Horses + PAWE

Bushfire - Livestock | Livestock + PAWE

Returning home after a bushfire

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 



WA Horse Council



Contact information

Animal Welfare In Emergencies