Thursday, September 22, 2005

Pet Evac Roundup

A rapid understanding and acceptance after the horrific aftermath of Katrina on people and pets has resulted in equally rapid movement to make things better.

In the face of Rita, preventive action was taken by informing people to get out of town and bring their pets. It has been widely reported, on CNN, the BBC, RAI Italy and the Financial Times among others, that cars evacuating Texas are full of pets this time around, unlike Katrina where many people left their pets assuming they'd be back in a couple of days.

But most hopeful is the legislation sponsored by Representatives Tom Lantos (D-Calif), Barney Frank (D-Mass) and Christopher Shays (R-Conn) that would condition state and local disaster preparedness plans on having provisions for companion and service animals. Read more here.

Related Posts:
PetSmart and FEMA
No-pet policy is 'a lousy plan'
Lesson for FEMA: feed the dog
Pets and hurricane Katrina
The dog as part of the family

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