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Pets - Disasters - Did New Law Save Lives

During disasters such as Hurricane Katrina there was little choice of what would happen to your pets. Some people may have made early arrangements and left the area with their animals. Though, few people were prepared for the devastation that nature wrought and/or mistakes humans created. Many people chose not to evacuate because they were not going to leave their pets behind to face the disaster alone and afraid. Some people died because of this decision. Many pets and human families became separated. Some found each other again. Some pets and humans were reunited. Many were not. Were things different during hurricane Sandy?

Something that sounded quite different caught my ear. I was reading and had either the news or the Weather Station on in the background vaguely listening to the programming about Hurricane Sandy or Super storm Sandy. Michael Bloomberg mayor of New York was giving evacuation orders the day before the storm. In that broadcast I heard the word pets. Pets were to be evacuated as well. I sat the book down to give the television my full attention. Sure enough that is exactly what I had heard.

Because of Katrina and the numerous people that refused to leave their pets and rode out the storm with their pets. Because people stayed with their pets, and many died because of it. The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006 was passed into public law 109-308. It covers a wide spectrum of issues including disaster relief and shelters accepting service animals and household pets. Frankly I am not finding a great deal how the law applies to exotic pets or common but not a dog or cat household pets examples being a bird or rabbit. I hope they are all included in the fairly new law.

I hope that many more people heard the words of Mayor Bloomberg and choose to evacuate because they were able to take their pets to evacuation centers.

Here is the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006 Statute Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006

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