The challenges of managing animals and their owners in disasters

Perspectives of Australian response organisations and stakeholders

Melanie Taylor, Megan McCarthy, Penelope Burns, Kirrilly Thompson, Bradley Smith, Greg Eustace

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Abstract

This paper documents the findings of a comprehensive national survey of Australian response organisations and other relevant stakeholders involved in the management of animals and their owners in emergencies and disasters. The aim of the study was to identify and prioritise the challenges encountered by these organisations in the management of animals and animal owners. In addition, attitudes towards organisational responsibility for the management of animals in emergencies and awareness of relevant emergency response and recovery arrangements were sought. A sample of 98 respondents representing 68 organisations from all Australian states and territories were surveyed. The main challenges identified in the management of animals and their owners were in the logistics of animal management (personnel and equipment), the physical management and rescue of animals, interactions with owners during emergency response, and post-emergency impacts on the management of animals and their owners (distress and emotional issues). As would be expected, different categories of organisations and stakeholders experienced different challenges. Issues were reported across all categories irrespective of their formallyassigned roles and responsibilities in this area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-37
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian Journal of Emergency Management
Volume30
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015
Externally publishedYes

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