Monday, September 05, 2005

Happy Dogs, I'm Sure


Dogs rescued from the devastation of New Orleans. (Source: LA Times)Posted by Picasa

These dogs, being evacuated from New Orleans by bus, sure look happy to be leaving the flood-devasted city behind. I'll bet they'll be even happier when they're reunited with their loved ones.

Many Americans wonder why more New Orleanians did not evacuate the city before Hurricane Katrina struck. Well, lots of people would NEVER leave their dog or cat behind. Unfortunately, the shelters refuse to take our canine and feline friends. That's got to change, if they really want people to leave their homes.

9 Comments:

At 10:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 10:12 AM, Blogger Dr. Tammy said...

Thanks for sharing this and reminding us how important our little friends are to us all.

 
At 8:51 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

I heard on the radio that as they were moving people from the stadium in New Orleans to Houston they wouldn't let a little boy take his dog with him on the bus. I thought that was terrible because it was one thing that the little boy had left after the devistation. I hope everyone who lost their pets or had to leave them behind will find them again.

 
At 10:31 PM, Blogger HalheG said...

It really is sad how so many animals probably drowned and were not able to make it out of this disaster.

 
At 3:46 PM, Blogger Anthrogrl said...

I've read stories of people being killed when they run back into a dangerous situation to rescue a pet; it's sad, but unfortunately it does happen. Hopefully as the situation in New Orleans calms down more people will be reunited with their missing pets.

 
At 11:57 AM, Blogger Kristina W said...

I think it's really depressing to think about how many people abandoned their pets to evacuate the hurricane. I can't say I have the right to judge anyone because from what I hear, people trying to leave the city had enough difficulties getting THEMSELVES out nevermind pets. Also, in response to Jamie's comment, it saddens me even further to think of all the pets who were forced to be left behind and not due to negligence. For some people, pets ARE family and I can't imagine what it would be like to be faced with the decision to leave behind a beloved pet. On a lighter note, it is nice to see that people are out there who care about what happens to these abandoned animals and hopefully they will go to good
homes.

 
At 6:33 PM, Blogger Julia said...

It is sad that some people had to leave their pets behind, but there is some hope for left pets. I recently met someone who had adopted a cat rescued from New Orleans.

 
At 9:28 AM, Blogger Krystal P said...

I am a manager and bartender at a steakhouse here in town, so I hear a lot of stories from the New Orleans evacuees. This one particular family had just resettled in their new apartment in Houston, and had to evacuate the next day. The same family told me that two of their dogs were killed in the flood water, and the coast guard would not let them bring their other two. The father told me that one of his dogs was standing on the toilet when he went in the house, and the other was standing on the mattress that was floating in his bedroom. He took the collars off so they wouldn't get caught on anything and is hoping the dog rescue teams will tag their pets. They have not been able to find them on the internet or by calling shelters. It's just like losing another family member.

 
At 11:41 AM, Blogger marissa said...

Although it is sad to leave your dog behind, that's not really a valid excuse to stay behind. I thought people didn't want to leave their flooded homes because they were stubborn. I have two dogs and they are a big part of my life but if I had to choose between leaving them and saving myself and other people, then priority should be given to the people. However, I do think that a separate rescue should have been done for the pets.

 

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