As summer has well and truly arrived, Shire of Mundaring is reminding residents to include pets in their bushfire survival plans.
Statistics indicate more than 60 percent of Australian households include a pet but actions for keeping them safe were often left out when planning the family bushfire survival plan.
Shire President John Daw said the local community was particularly passionate about their animals.
"Many residents own pets and it is very important that they are included in bushfire survival plans particularly in case there is a need to evacuate," he said. "There are a few options available to the community, many of which are included in the Shire's Animal Welfare Plan (click here)."
Alternatively, people can ask family or friends if they can temporarily care for their pets until the evacuation is over.
Cr Daw said the general rule of thumb was to try to take your pets with you on your first trip if you are evacuating during a bushfire. "It would be devastating to try to collect them on a return trip to find the roads have been closed because the area has been deemed unsafe," he said.
Shire of Mundaring Rangers advised all pet owners to ensure their animals are microchipped and registered and to ensure their contact details are up-to-date.
"This will make it much easier to reunite lost animals with their owners, if they have escaped or been left behind during a bushfire," Cr Daw said.
DFES and RSPCA have developed this video which outlines the steps to consider when evacuating with pets. To prepare your bushfire survival plan visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/firechat