NATIONAL RESCUE UNIT
Wellington SPCA's National Rescue Unit (NRU) is comprised of a group of internationally qualified emergency response volunteers who provide a technical rescue service for trapped animals, as well as responding to disasters that may strike.
Our Emergency Reserve is made up of volunteers who respond to animal emergencies after hours. They also respond to disasters and other major incidents involving animals.
Wellington SPCA has put this team in place to ensure it has people with the right skills to look after animals in emergency or disaster situations.
If you have an emergency plan, you and others in your family will be prepared in the event of a natural disaster. You will know where to locate your full survival kit and will have made provision for your animal's welfare.
If you have to leave your home or area you need to take your pet with you. Your pet cannot survive without you, and you may not be able to return to your property for several days.
If you have to leave your home or are in a situation where water, power and food supplies are limited or unavailable, you need to be prepared. This is where a survival kit comes in handy.
You may not be in a position to get it during the initial emergency, but you may be able to secure it afterwards, and it may be the crucial difference in the survival of your pet.
Items in a survival kit include:
If is essential that your pet is microchipped beforehand - as your pet will be a lot easier to locate if you become separated. The Christchurch earthquakes had a very successful relocation rate for animals that were microchipped.
As soon as you realise your pet is missing do a quick search of home, road, immediate neighbours. Post an ad on lostpet.co.nz. Call SPCA, Animal Control, vets and get your first round of flyers out in your street.