Wellington SPCA Chief Inspector – Ritchie Dawson – who is a member of the WSPA-led New Zealand Disaster Assessment Response Team, describes what it was like on the ground in the aftermath of the Canterbury Earthquake (Feb 2011). Ritchie explains how volunteers put their lives on the line to save peoples’ pets and why making a plan now, for your pet animal, is critical to ensure these important members of your family aren’t lost forever.