Care of pets and livestock

  • If your animal was injured as a result of the flooding please have it checked out by your veterinarian.
  • Keep your pets away from flood water. It may be contaminated with biological waste and chemicals.
  • Make sure your pets have clean water sources. Flood waters may be contaminated, so it is important not to let them drink from them as it may cause illness.
  • Check your property for hazards such as damaged fences, or any other damage that may pose a risk to your pets.
  • Monitor your pets, and try to create a calm environment. Extreme weather events can be stressful for our animals, as well as for us, so try to comfort them as much as they comfort you during uncertain times. Avoid loud noises and other stressors to keep your animal as calm as possible.

If you need to evacuate

  • If you have to evacuate, take your pets with you – if you can do so safely – or take them to a safe shelter place.
  • If you have to leave your animals behind, make sure they’re in a secure and sheltered place either inside or outside your home.
  • If your animal is still left in your house after you have evacuated, please contact us on 0800 22 22 00 for assistance.
  • If you are unable to return to your house and you have a pet that you cannot take with you to temporary accommodation please call us.

Advice for livestock and pet owners affected by flood | Ministry for Primary Industries

Lost Pet? Found Pet?

If you have lost or found a pet post the details on, the New Zealand Companion Animal Register
0508 LOSTPET (0508 567873) or a local veterinarian.

Rural Sector 

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and Rural Brigades of Fire and Emergency New Zealand are working with our welfare team to reach out to the rural sector to understand impacts and needs of rural communities.

Our Lifestyle Block Emergency Preparedness Handbook has some great information about cleaning up, contamination risk and moving animals after a flood event.

Information and resource to help you deal with floods | Ministry for Primary Industries