August 8, 2022

The RSPCA has appealed to the public to ensure the safety of pets as Hurricane Younes begins.

The RSPCA has advised animal owners in the event of flooding and strong winds as the UK prepares for Hurricane Younis.

The storm comes in the wake of strong winds and heavy rain from Dudley.

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The Meteorological Department issued a red weather warning for Southwest and South Wales yesterday (Friday, February 18) as forecasters forecast strong winds of up to 90 mph.

The rest of southern England, East England, the Midlands and Wales are on the amber alert, while parts of the north and Scotland are receiving yellow and snow warnings.

RSPCA spokeswoman Amy O’Calford said: “Hurricane Dudley hit parts of the UK earlier this week and now forecasters are predicting that Hurricane Younis could be more powerful. ۔

“We urge pet owners to keep an eye on where they live and to plan ahead to ensure the safety of their animals.”

Numerous flood warnings and flood warnings are in effect throughout the UK, so pet owners are advised to come up with a plan.

Amy added: “Make sure you have a plan so you know how to get your family and your animals out of danger, the flood will affect you.

“Floodwaters could rise sharply, so we urge people to act as soon as possible and not risk their lives to help an animal, but call our emergency rescuers for help on 0300 1234 999.” Call. “

Tips for keeping pets safe during stormy weather

Make sure you have food and medicine for your pet.

Make sure cats have access to a home or a warm, indoor place where they can stay dry and escape the weather – you can keep cats indoors if the weather gets severe.

Plan for the dog to walk in the worst of weather, and avoid any dangerous places.

If your dog is old, sick or feeling cold, apply a special coat to keep him warm.

Wear reflective clothing if it is getting dark or low visibility.

Provide pets with a quiet, safe place to retreat if they feel the wind or storm scare them.

Provide plenty of extra beds for outdoor pets, such as rabbits, and make sure poultry, such as chickens and ducks, have a safe, dry shelter.

If the weather gets severe, take outdoor pets in or out of a suitable outbuilding.

Plan to avoid flooding and make sure you have collars, leads and carriers for small animals as well as cats and dogs if you need evacuation.

Carpets, horses and ponies and make sure they have proper shelter or move them to the stable if the weather is severe.

Take care of your horses or livestock with a trusted, experienced friend if you are unable to reach them due to falling trees or flooding.

In case of emergency, consider leaving your contact details at the field gates.

Wild animals can struggle to find food and water during severe weather, or lose or fly away – leave food and water for wildlife and seek help if you find an injured or trapped animal. Do

Advice for animal owners if flooding occurs in your area

The RSPCA is part of Defra’s National Flood Response Team and has approximately 100 trained and equipped officers to deal with flood victims, as well as a fleet of 35 boats.

The team could be on standby to respond to flood emergencies, rescue animals and people, and assist in multi-agency flood evacuation.

If flooding occurs in your area, you should consider moving your animals to higher ground (if outside) or moving your pet inside – preferably upstairs.

If you have to leave your pets behind, make sure they have plenty of food and water. Contact the local flood warden.

Never risk your life to try to save an animal.

If you are concerned about an animal in stormy weather or flooding, take note of the location and time, and call RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 for advice.

Visit RSPCA’s website to help save, rehabilitate and repatriate animals in dire need of care. https://www.rspca.org.uk/Or call her donation line on 0300 123 8181.

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