RSPCA urges public to keep pets safe as Storm Eunice looms
The RSPCA advises pet owners for flooding and high winds as the UK prepares for Storm Eunice to hit, following high winds and heavy rain from Storm Dudley.
The Met Office has issued a red weather warning for South West and South Wales tomorrow (Friday February 18) as forecasters predict high winds of up to 90mph.
An orange alert is in place for the rest of southern England, East Anglian, the Midlands and Wales, while a yellow weather warning for snow and wind is in place for the north and parts of Scotland.
RSPCA spokeswoman Amy Ockelford said: “Storm Dudley hit parts of the UK hard earlier this week and now forecasters are predicting that Storm Eunice could be even stronger. We urge pet owners to keep an eye on the forecast where they live and plan ahead to keep their pets safe.
A number of flood warnings and flood alerts are in effect across the UK, so pet owners have been urged to come up with a plan.
Amy added: ‘Make sure you have a plan for how to get your family and pets out of harm’s way if flooding affects you. Flood waters can rise quickly so we urge people to act early and never put themselves in danger to help an animal, but call our emergency responders on 0300 1234 999 for help.
The RSPCA is part of Defra’s National Flood Response Team and has around 100 officers trained and equipped to deal with flood-affected animals, as well as a fleet of 35 rubber dinghies.
The team can be put on standby to respond to flood emergencies, rescue animals and people, and support multi-agency flood evacuations.
If your area is flooded, you should consider moving your pets to higher ground (if outdoors) or moving pets indoors – preferably upstairs.
If you must leave pets behind, make sure they have enough food and water, leave notices on exterior doors that clearly state there are animals inside that need help and contact your local flood warden immediately.
Never put your own life in danger to try to save an animal. If you are concerned about an animal in the event of a storm or flood, please note the location and time, and call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 for advice.