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Fleeing with his Cats from Katrina

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I love this picture of a young man fleeing Katrina with his cats!
http://flickr.com/photos/jersey/39392505/

It does make me wonder where all the cats are - I see so many dogs on the TV news.

post #2 of 15
Wow, that picture gave a tingles up my spine. I know a lot of us have asked ourselves "what if that had been me"? I know for a fact there would be no way I would have left my babies either. That would have been me with a bin of naked cats!

I have so much respect for that boy in the picture!
post #3 of 15
I do hope that many of the homeless cats were able to survive. I know I'd have to take my babies with me.

Katie
post #4 of 15
That is a great pic! But how will he care for the cats long term? How will he feed them? I certainly hope he finds a good place to stay soon, with his beautiful cats!

I have 3 kids at home, 3 horses, 1 dog, 2 cats in, 1 foster cat, and 2 outside cats that I would be able to catch. I could not possibly save all of them if I had to evacuate. There is a dairy farm across the street that couldn't evacuate either, so we could ask them to watch out for our horses. But I'm not sure how I could transport 1 dog and 5 cats. I guess we would take 2 vehicles, and keep the dog in one, and the cats in various carriers in the other.

I can't imagine the horror of people who evacuated and left pets behind, thinking they would be back in a day or two. Now with all the polluted water, the pets are endangered.

I heard that the pet recues are to be allowed in shortly...I hope that means tomorrow!
post #5 of 15
This both tears at my heart as well as warms my spirits to see this person escaping with his family. God bless all the babies left behind.
post #6 of 15
Look how shocky those cats are-
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
I find the one on the immediate left looks really scared!! I was wondering about how much air he had for them in that box - hw would have been better off to have a covered carrier but I know it's easy to sit here and wonder. At least he was taking them with him and I sooo hope they are all right!! And hoping his backpack had food for them. His priorities are certainly right - hope they let him on the bus (thinking of that child and his dog snowball).

This is all so heartbreaking!!! I have to get myself together before I leave for La!!!
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by CyberKitten
I find the one on the immediate left looks really scared!! I was wondering about how much air he had for them in that box - hw would have been better off to have a covered carrier but I know it's easy to sit here and wonder. At least he was taking them with him and I sooo hope they are all right!! And hoping his backpack had food for them. His priorities are certainly right - hope they let him on the bus (thinking of that child and his dog snowball).

This is all so heartbreaking!!! I have to get myself together before I leave for La!!!
I think they are hot. I hope the boy realized he needs to poke holes in the container. That poor boy, I can imagine how heavy the three cats are, to carry them like that.
post #9 of 15
All of these photos just make me want to cry. I cannot imagine going through this. Bless those who are.
post #10 of 15
That picture is prompting me to keep an emergency kitten box ready to roll in the event of a disaster. Thinking of keeping 2 carriers lined with blankets close-by with a small carry-on type bag filled with food & bottled water.

My stomach turns when I think of all those poor animals that were left behind. I help with my local Humane Society who got involved helping those animals left in shelters, etc. You can't imagine some of the sights & stories they have seen & heard. An absolute tragic loss.
post #11 of 15
With all the flooding, the container he is using will at least keep their feet dry. Hopefully they have made it to safe ground by now!
post #12 of 15
Felt like crying last night when CTV news showed photos of the dog (beagle?) swimming towards the boat to be rescued and the national guardsman?? said they were told not to pick up animals. Wonder what happened to the dog? Also saw a pitiful photo of a lovely grey cat on a piece of board, wood. He looked on his last legs and again, wondered how those people could just pass these animals by. Wish someone knew if these animals have been rescued! Wish so much that I could be there to help! Gave a small donation to IFAW and wish I could give a million dollars (like Celine Dion!)to help with the pet rescue. So many give donations to help people, which is wonderful, but helpless animals are a very important part of our planet too and need protection.
Hugs to all, Christine
post #13 of 15
I'm sure he realized that he needed to poke holes in the top. Actually, depending on how far he has to go under circumstances like those, they may be better off in the tub. It'll float and keep most of the water out, a carrier wouldn't.
post #14 of 15
There is no doubt in my mind that if we had to evacuate, TTP & B would come with us.............
post #15 of 15
Many people weren't allowed to take their pets, and many people who remain, refusing to be "rescued" are there because they have animals to look after. It's all shockingly sad, but the times I can't watch the tv coverage is when they show the poor animals.

I did see a TV crew try to get some water to a dog who was surviving, barely, on top of an overturned boat. And I had tears watching a helicopter rescue of two guys and their dog from the roof of a house. That little dog jumped into the rescue basket with the guy, now way was he being left behind.

It was heartening to see the pet rescue begin, boats full of dogs, and yes, cat carriers full of cats. And they are also being lifted into helicopters to go to the rescue facilities.

The biggest worry, aside from the scores of animals left behind, will be disease, with these poor animals left to fend for themselves in the putrid flood waters.
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