An evacuation center for pets and their owners in Japan -pics
A woman and her son eat food as her dogs sit around them at an evacuation center for pets and their owners near an area devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, north Japan March 17, 2011.
A cat sits under a blanket at an evacuation center for pets and their owners near an area devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, north Japan March 17, 2011.
A woman holds her dog at an evacuation center for pets and their owners near an area devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, north Japan March 17, 2011.
Residents read a newspaper with their pet dog at an evacuation center for pets and their owners near a devastated area hit by an earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, north Japan March 17, 2011.
A woman takes care of a dog at an evacuation center for pets and their owners near an area devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, north Japan March 17, 2011.
A family and their pet dog take shelter in an evacuation center for pets and their owners near a devastated area hit by earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, north of Japan, March 17, 2011.
A woman shares her food with her dog at an evacuation center for pets and their owners near an area devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, north Japan March 17, 2011.
A woman shares her food with her dog at an evacuation center for pets and their owners near a devastated area hit by an earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, north of Japan March 17, 2011.
A woman comforts her dog during an aftershock at an evacuation center for pets and their owners near an area devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, north of Japan March 17, 2011.
A woman sleeps with her dog at an evacuation center for pets and their owners near a devastated area hit by an earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, north of Japan March 17, 2011.
69. I would suggest we all find out about the disaster plans for our pets
where we live. If there is not a disaster evacuation center that accepts pets in your area, ask why not. And keep asking. There are lots of reputable sites on the internets that offer suggestions for a disaster preparedness plan for what ever kind of pet you love.
Edited on Thu Mar-17-11 06:06 PM by eowyn_of_rohan
I sympathize with you...it is so very hard when you have shared such a deep bond. Lost our Cody almost 2 years ago unexpectedly at age 12 and a half. We camped and hiked with him all over the US. He could always sniff our path back even when we weren't sure which way to go. he always had to be the leader, so we called him Trailboss.
The sad truth is our local electric utility, Potomac Electric Power Company, really is one of the most abysmal in the world. Pepco utterly sucks. In the past 6 months I have had 3 multi-day outages and many short outages, even when the weather is perfect. The last major outage, in January, was more than I could take. The inside of my house was so cold I was forced to evacuate. In fact I think I would have frozen if my cat Graycie did not prod me to get up, get moving and to a safe space. But how could I leave Graycie after all she did for me? I had to take refuge with a friend who is a vetrinarian. He kept telling me don't worry about Graycie, she has a fur coat, as a former stray, she knows the drill. Still, I worried, even though Graycie did fine. There is a movement now to get rid of Pepco and replace it with an actual functioning utility. Still, I worry, about more major outages before Pepco goes down the drain. There are no local shelters that take animals. What a civilized custom!
Many of these people, I'm sure, have little or nothing left. These animals are essential to their mental health and maybe even their survival. "Man does not live by bread alone . . ." They give their owners a reason to go on.
We are in a hurricane state so know where the pet shelters are located (a mile away). Each of ours have their own crate as required by county law along with their own "bug-out" bags. There's just no way we'd ever leave them and neither would our kids leave them.
60. Exactly. It's so lovely to see a culture that cares about the animals and people's
connection to their pets. There is no way in hell I'd evacuate without my dogs. I'd sleep in the car with them if that was the only alternative. There isn't a chance in hell I could just walk away from them. OMG, it freaks me out to even type that! I very rarely have nightmares but when I do, it usually involves my dogs being in a dangerous situation and me not being able to reach them. In an emergency requiring an evacuation, we'll have a shared fate with me being my usual over-protective self when it comes to my dogs.
they will not allow pets in human shelters in the event of a hurricane. The pets have to be left at an animal shelter twenty miles away. Can you imagine the chance that the pet will be lost in the commotion of so many animals and inexperienced handlers. I'm another planning on sleeping in my car with my pets.
Seriously, if you think about it would it be possible to work towards changing that? Our county has two pet-approved facilities which people can use during hurricane season (see my links above, we have two of them). You can download the .pdf brochure and take the info to your county to see how they do it safely. It only begins with one person starting a change and I can bet that there are many more people who feel the same about their pets as you do. It really is a HUMAN safety issue as many people refuse to leave w/out their pets.
Just go to your county's emergency services website and see if they have them. If not, then you have a job to do and make sure there is at least one! Here is our county's emergency website--click on the links to the left side for both large farm animal and pet emergency procedures.
There are several people/pet emergency shelters in our county and one is close to us, thankfully (hurricane state). All they need is one to start off with and then get the word out on the county's emergency web page.
54. It makes me so glad to see that these people, after all they have been through,
Edited on Thu Mar-17-11 06:36 PM by tblue37
are allowed to keep their beloved pets near them for comfort. As awful as everything has been, how much worse if one had to abandon a precious friend, as our evacualtionprocedures so cruelly force people with pets to do.
68. That policy was such a disaster during Katrina it has been changed.
Here is one link, but each of us have to do some planning ahead of time to be prepared. States are different, and not all evacuation centers can take pets. There is no excuse to not find out where to go in your town. Do it tomorrow morning.
79. Ted and Vicki Kennedy played a big role in changing that policy, btw
I can't find it now but I posted a thread about it shortly after Ted passed away. They were grieved and horrified by the stories of Katrina survivors being forcibly separated from their pets--thinking of their own bond with their dogs--and worked to change things.
You'll always get a few people saying, "They're just animals" but for those of us who've actually lived with and loved them, we know better. Especially true of people who have just lost everything else.
The caption on one of the pics in the OP says "woman comforts dog" but it looks more like the other way around to me. They ask so little of us and give so much in return - including all sorts of literal lifesaving.
i have been having some family problems, but the one good thing is to really have my animals with me all the time. my 2 little terriers sleep with me, and my boxer sleeps right next to the bed. (and steals my blankets!) it has been so healing. it brings me so much peace. they are very lucky to come out with their pets. i agree with others that it would leave such a hole in your heart to loose a pup in this, as i am sure many did.
85. #7, the woman feeding the dog, is the one for me with the last one
a close second.
I get up in the mornings much earlier than does Miz O, and after making coffee I go look in on her. She will still be asleep, surrounded by five fur kids - four under 10 lbs, and the other one close to 40. It is pleasant sight, and I vote myself a very lucky man.
After our run I will often find our dog, Layla, has curled up in bed with my still sleeping husband after her exercise. We call her "our baby" and we can't even stand to not know where she is in the house, let alone just leave her in a disaster.
I keep thinking of the horror stories of Katrina, and people being forced to part from their pets is one of the worst of the countless cruelties of that time. Disaster survivors were treated so grudgingly, as if their needs were an imposition and their animals (who were all that many of them had left) some kind of "luxury" they didn't "deserve." Hadn't they been traumatized ENOUGH? Apparently not, according to the * regime.
We should never forget that, we should swear "never again," and thank you for posting these pictures as an example so we know it is very possible to do at least a little bit better.
and along with the story lifts my heart. The people have all saved a precious part of their normal lives and love. The animals are at home where ever their human family is and the bonds survive. It's how it should be.
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