House and Senate Give New Hope for Pets

Good news for companion animals facing disaster situations!

Pets_act_wm Delvin (DJ) Simmons, is happily reunited with Coco. IFAW reunited Coco, a female, eight month old terrier mix with her owner, Charlene Simmons. The Simmons and Coco were separated in Louisiana during the family's evacuation from Hurricane Katrina. The reunion was made possible by IFAW.

The PETS Act, mentioned in an earlier blog post, passed both the House and the Senate and will now be enacted as a federal law. The PETS Act (Pet Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act) will encourage local and state organizations to include pets in disaster preparedness efforts, requesting that pets and service animals be allowed to evacuate with their owners.

The PETS Act not only brings new hope for the survival of our dearest friends, our pets, but it also acts as a prerequisite for FEMA grants. For any group applying for a FEMA grant for disaster preparation or relief, pet evacuation must be a component of those plans.

The Act received unanimous consent in the House as the last step towards becoming active. Please send a thank you to your state representatives for supporting this huge milestone for pets!

Comments: 4

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

Pets are a big part of the family. In fact, according to the American Pet Association:
More than half of American dog owners are more attached to their pets than to at least one other human being. The following numbers represent those who say they are as attached to their dogs as to the following persons;
A) Best Friend 16,213,555
B) Children 8,321,566
C) Spouse 5,421,959
So... this PETS Act makes sense.

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

Another success! http://washingtontimes.com/upi/20060927-083853-61...
California bans lengthy dog tethering, making it illegal to tether your dog for longer than 3 hours.

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

So glad it made it all the way! At least something good came from the Katrina disaster.

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

Hey! This week Creative Loafing is running a story about. "The crazy Cat lady," the crazy cat Lady Society, and rescuing and caring for cats. it's very educational and entertaing!
http://charlotte.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A79656

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