Tuesday, October 10, 2006

No Pet Left Behind?

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, President Bush has signed a bill that will require states to include pets in their evacuation plans in case of a natural disaster, or risk losing federal money.

During Hurricane Katrina the rest of the country watched as so many people were left behind to endure the destruction of what is now considered the *deadliest hurricane in the US in 80 years (*Fritz Institute). It was tragic, and now, I find it even more tragic to know that *44% of those who chose to remain did so because they did not want to leave their pets behind (*Fritz Institute). 44% that could have found safety had rescue agencies allowed them to bring their family pets along during evacuation.

Well, hats off to this administration for taking our furry-friends into consideration! Every pet-friendly family should consider their pets in case of emergency and fortunately the welfare of all loved-ones is finally being considered.

For more information on including your pets in your disaster plans, visit the Humane Society of the United States and American Veterinary Medical Association.

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