Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Animals stranded from Hurricane Katrina

Red Cross helps people and they do an amazing job but very often, refugees are told that they must leave their pets behind to fend for themselves. It breaks my heart and it happens at every disaster. Oddly enough, during the tsunami, dolphins and other sea life swam to deeper waters and land animals ran to the hills before the wall of water crashed the shores in January so there was little loss. With so many domesticated animals in the U.S., the number of abandoned animals is sure to be staggering. You can help by making a donation to an organization such as the ASPCA that will provide shelter, food, water and medical attention for animals. ASPCA also will be working with local shelters to send abandoned cats and dogs throughout the U.S. for adoption. It is the least we can do for our best friends at this time. I also wonder if given the same Sophie's Choice that people have been given for their pets, would our pets leave our side at such a desperate time? I cannot answer how I would respond as I've never walked in their shoes. Aside from making donations, we keep them in our thoughts.


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