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Thursday, June 2, 2011

When Disaster Strikes, Where Do Your Pets Go?

Lately many people have suffered great tragedies.  There have been countless of people just in the past few years who have lost jobs and homes due to foreclosure and natural disasters.  People have been uprooted from their lives for other reasons as well, I won't go into the reason, because their are just to many of them to mention.  The point is, today we live in an unreliable world; nothing is a guarrantee. Life has a way of surprising you, sometimes the surprise is good, sometimes not so good.

When life throws you a curve ball people automatically think of the people who are affected, and rightfully so.  We care about our family, friends and neighbors, and we should, but what happens when life's curve ball affects our pets?  Many people don't think about that.  I know I never did, not until I would here articles in the paper, or online about people who decided to help out our family, friends and neighbors during these are times by taking care of their pets for then.  The thought hit me, "Oh yeah.  They need help too.  All these people who were hit with devestating tornadoes, earthquakes, suamies, etc.. all have to not only deal with the loss of loved one, or loss of homes, taking care of their family, but they must also think of their pets well being.  Talk about stress.  It's alot to worry about. 
I don't know why there are so many natural disaster's lately, or why people have to lose their jobs or get sick.  Maybe it's because of what we are doing to our planet, or maybe it is just the natural pattern of our universe, maybe it 's just bad luck. Who knows?  What I do know is that during these times people have a habit of leaving their pets behind.  Many pets are sent to shelters, or abandoned and they never go home again.  This is very sad not only for the pets but for the owners.  People think they have no other choice. Our pets are part of our family and should be treated as such. I'm writing this let people know that it doesn't have to be that way.  You don't have to lose your pet when times are hard. There is help out there. What I want to tell people is that if you are experiencing any of these tragedies and going through hard times and are forced to leave your pets behind; YOU DON'T HAVE TO. 

There are many organizations who will take in your beloved pet and care for him/her while you get back on your feet.  I've done a little research and wanted to inform you of a few organizations to help you out.  So if you need the help, or know someone who does.  Check out these web sites, and keep your pets where they belong, with their family-You.

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_pet.html

http://en-gb.facebook.com/2Hands4Paws?sk=info

http://www.seerfarms.org/index.php

http://www.safepeoplesafepets.org/foster_program

http://www.akc.org/breeds/rescue.cfm

http://purebredcats.org/

2 comments:

  1. There was a HUGE fire up here about 15 years ago that burned down over 400 homes - a lot of animals escaped, and it took forever to get people back with their pets. Several of my friends housed extra animals for over a month while all the owners and pets got sorted out.
    It is something people often forget about.

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  2. It's sad when the pets are forgotten. Thank god there are so many good people in the world who don't forget and try to do something about it!

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