Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Could you leave him behind as a hurricane approached?



Neither could I and I never will. The Humane Society of the United States knows that, so they are trying to make some changes.

PLEASE HELP
Ask your legislators to support the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act today. This legislation requires state and local authorities to take into consideration the needs of individuals with pets and service animals in disaster plans. You can make a difference for people and animals. Click here to contact Congress now.

23 Comments:

Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

Oh yes, absolutely - I will hammer them. That is my only roadbloack to making a safe evacuation. It simply comes down to: If I can't take the pets, I don't go - Period.

May 03, 2006 3:25 AM  
Anonymous rebellious renee said...

PoP...I could never leave my 3 cats behind. Like you...I have no children...my cats ARE my babies.
I will email my Congressman right after I post this.

May 03, 2006 4:10 AM  
Blogger Left of Center said...

very good post and point Pop.

May 03, 2006 5:30 AM  
Blogger PTCruiser said...

Consider it done. I want to make sure Fred the Cat is taken care of, even if he really wants to go outside.

May 03, 2006 6:18 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Thanks for blogging about this, Patricia. So many wonderful animals were left behind after Hurricane Katrina because their owners were forced to evacuate without them. I feel the same--if my cats can't go, I'm staying.

May 03, 2006 6:22 AM  
Blogger Pogo said...

PoP,
A worthy cause. Of course Mrs. Pogo would never speak to me again if I insisted on taking our idiot dog with us if we had to evacuate.

May 03, 2006 6:34 AM  
Blogger Crackpot Press said...

It's tragic, but sometimes you don't have a choice. A good friend's mother was in charge of all the sick kids who couldn't travel after Katrina, there were 1000's.

If you have a couple of kids you have to look after, sometimes the pets are left behind.

May 03, 2006 8:16 AM  
Blogger thepoetryman said...

Better the kids than the pets but surely it can be both... :>)

May 03, 2006 8:25 AM  
Blogger JBlue said...

I remember there were people who stayed behind with their pets.

May 03, 2006 9:36 AM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

Wait...that's a him?
I'm just being an ass :-) My pooch died this past september, in my arms. She was 15. A golden.

I would have done anything for her, so thanks for this post.

May 03, 2006 10:47 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I wasn't aware the Humane Society was tackling this issue. I think its worth considering since most of us treat our pets like children, but should we trust FEMA with their lives?

May 03, 2006 12:08 PM  
Blogger Turtle Guy said...

Thanks for this post... I have a friend in AZ - I'll send her a link to this...

May 03, 2006 12:14 PM  
Blogger pissed off patricia said...

Kathy that was my first question too. I'm just glad someone is finally understanding that they can save human lives by finding some place for us pet lovers to go and take our pets. West Palm Beach, Fl. now has such a shelter and one is about to open here as well.

May 03, 2006 12:21 PM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

They sent special busses to take the pet owners with their pets for Rita, last year. That was one lesson very quickly learned. We just have to make sure they don't forget to put it in ALL the planner's plans.

May 03, 2006 1:38 PM  
Blogger Cairo The Boxer said...

Thank you THANK you THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!

I had my mom and dad sign this. Again THANK YOU! I would NEVER want to be left alone in such dangerous conditions. I can't believe anyone could leave their loved ones behind.

May 03, 2006 9:38 PM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

Great post and good point....and a lesson that was learned with too many lost lives- animal and human....Also write to Red Cross- they are a huge part of the FU of this awful situation- they need to change their shelter rules- and call your local Red Cross as well- make sure it gets changed across the Country - for all.....thanks for posting on this...

May 03, 2006 11:18 PM  
Blogger sumo said...

I signed. Thanks for the opportunity. I absolutely would not have left my pet.

May 04, 2006 12:10 AM  
Blogger a rose is a rose said...

i'm going to cross this one! thanks so much for bringing it to our attention

May 04, 2006 2:37 AM  
Blogger Carl said...

I could. He's a poodle. He can swim...

May 04, 2006 8:09 AM  
Blogger pissed off patricia said...

Well, he isn't a poodle but he can swim, just not forever. Carl, guess you missed seeing all the dead animals after Katrina. Guess you missed seeing all the pitiful ones left to get by however they could.

May 04, 2006 9:07 AM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

maybe Carl didn't know that cats died too...and also were not allowed in shelters....
( I think that he was joking with his little cat motiff up there- I have to hope that is what he meant -right?)

May 06, 2006 3:35 PM  
Blogger Cairo The Boxer said...

We posted this on our site too. Thanks again. p.s. Carl should not be allowed to have any kind of animals.

May 07, 2006 9:01 PM  
Blogger Dick in the Dirt said...

I'm not unsympathetic. It was tragic what happened to the pets in the South. But do we really need federal legislation? Isn't this an issue for states and local governmental units?

May 08, 2006 9:42 PM  

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