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post #1 of 22
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I was fortunate when the flood waters in my town came up, and my house was filling up with water and I was evacuated, I had a big cage that I was able to put all my cats in and they were taken to a safe place. I cried my heart out as I watched them all howling and trying to get out as the truck drove away with them, even though I knew they were going to be OK. I couldnt imagine what it would be like to just leave them behind to fend for themselves. I know I couldnt do it, and if I wasnt allowed to take them with me, I would do anything to smuggle them out if it came down to a mandatory evacuation. I would probably look very pregnant all of a sudden with 6 cats under my shirt and be praying they all would get along under there
post #2 of 22
So how are they doing? What's the status of your house???
post #3 of 22
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I was flooded out exactly one year ago in my town in Iowa. The water got to 4 feet deep in my house( it was a freak 500 year flood) and weve been rebuilding ever since. All my babies were taken to my mother-in-laws basement for 4 weeks while we worked on getting the house dried and livable to be able to move back in. They hated every second of it, and hid from me every day when I went to care for them. But they are all fine today and back to their naughty selves again! I was very fortunate to have family and friends to help us, and I'm still thanking them today!
post #4 of 22
It's sad. I was watching Oprah yesterday and Nate & Lisa were down there reporting. They talked to a man who had his dog with him, whom he was about to have to leave to get on a bus out of there. He had his doggy for 14 years and the dog helped save another man's life, but he was having to leave him there. He was completely broken, and I think the dog was pretty upset too. Just thinking about it makes my heart rip. Nate & Lisa said a lot of people were having to leave their pets behind, but luckily for that man and his dog, Nate offered to take him. The man who was virtually dead inside, sprang to life and started sobbing and hugging Nate, who started crying as well.

It's definately a hard thing to think about. I wouldn't leave my cat, but even if I stayed there with him, his life would still be in jeopardy.
post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by Purr
It's sad. I was watching Oprah yesterday and Nate & Lisa were down there reporting. They talked to a man who had his dog with him, whom he was about to have to leave to get on a bus out of there. He had his doggy for 14 years and the dog helped save another man's life, but he was having to leave him there. He was completely broken, and I think the dog was pretty upset too. Just thinking about it makes my heart rip. Nate & Lisa said a lot of people were having to leave their pets behind, but luckily for that man and his dog, Nate offered to take him. The man who was virtually dead inside, sprang to life and started sobbing and hugging Nate, who started crying as well.

It's definately a hard thing to think about. I wouldn't leave my cat, but even if I stayed there with him, his life would still be in jeopardy.
Wow, what a great story, I cried reading it. It makes me so mad, it is like,
these people haven't been through enough, lets take away the last thing they have, their beloved pet, it sucks.
post #6 of 22
It makes me angry that whoever is in charge of coordinating the rescue effort didn't seem to take pets into account. They are loved and precious lives, too!
post #7 of 22
Today on Oprah, they showed a doctor who stayed at a hospital for 5 days with dogs, cats, and two hamsters because he promised their owners he wouldn't leave them until they were rescued. Mathew Mc...conehey(??) was there (for Oprah) and he and other people rescued the animals! The doctor said a helicopter came for them, and crashed when landing! No one was hurt, but the doctor had to stay there another day with the animals. What a wonderful, wonderful man!!
post #8 of 22
I saw a woman on the news, she is refusing to leave because she isn't allowed to take her dog with her. Another guy is refusing to leave because he isn't allowed to take his cats with him.
How sad is that?
Why aren't this poor people allowed to take their beloved pets with them?
post #9 of 22
Leaving the pets behind seems daft to me, as without care they will die, and be yet another corpse to clear up. From what I have seen on TV there are enough of those already. And that's without taking into consideration the feelings of the pet owners, and the animals themselves. I'm happy to hear these touching stories about pet rescues, it's been worrying me what had happened to people's pets. I wonder what PETA would say about it....

Sue
post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by millyanddaisy
Leaving the pets behind seems daft to me, as without care they will die, and be yet another corpse to clear up. From what I have seen on TV there are enough of those already. And that's without taking into consideration the feelings of the pet owners, and the animals themselves. I'm happy to hear these touching stories about pet rescues, it's been worrying me what had happened to people's pets. I wonder what PETA would say about it....

Sue

Oh PETA has PLENTY to say about it! I believe some reps from PETA (even a "celebrity" spokesperson from there) did a Larry King visit on the status of pets. They are none too happy. I'm not either. My little one had to stay overnight in the animal hospital due to killing a virus and I was DEVASTATED and heartbroken, I couldn't imagine leaving them behind for certain death. I might as well be dead myself So tragic
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post #12 of 22
One of my bird breeder aquaintances had to make a terrible, terrible choice.
I heard second hand from another breeder that he had to choose which of his birds he could take when he evaccuated, his van would only hold so many.
In the end he got out with only his 5 pets of various species and 5 pairs of breeders.
10 pairs of Hahn's Macaws were left behind.
He did the only thing he could do for them, he opened upstairs windows and left his cages open.
He's absolutely devestated, his birds were his loves.
post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by sunnicat
Oh that was so touching, thanks for sharing it
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by sunnicat
I saw that too. I was scared to read the caption because I didn't know if she was saying goodbye or hello. I'm SOOO glad it was hello!

Arlyn, that's so terribly sad.
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by Purr
I saw that too. I was scared to read the caption because I didn't know if she was saying goodbye or hello. I'm SOOO glad it was hello!

Arlyn, that's so terribly sad.
Yes, I was heartsick when I heard.
I can only hope that wild instincts took over for them and they took flight.
Personally I don't think I could bear to make a choice as to which animals to take and which to leave behind.
post #16 of 22
Is it sad that people had to leave their pets behind? Yes. But look at from the rescue workers position. They ony have so much room in the rescue vechile...Is a pet valuable? Yes but is it worth a human life for someone to bring their dog with them? How about two human lives or three? And then there is the whole issue of where these people and animals are going to stay...the shelters are already bursting at the seems. I know that sounds callous but all I can see in my head is a family of four waiting to be loaded onto a bus or boat only to be told sorry we only have three places because so and so brought his dog or cat.

It terrifies to me to think that I would have to leave my cats behind but if I had forwarning of something like this coming I wouldn't have stuck around anyway. I would have packed up my cats and headed north. And I would never own more animals that what I could safely pack into whatever vechile I owned. And yes the second I heard a hurricane was coming towards us I would have packed up the boys, and yes these people had notice) and we would have left. I tend not to stick around in areas of danger though. Better to be safe than sorry, my whole attitude is this. I'd rather be a live fool for running from a storm than a dead one for not taking the warning seriously enough. I do the same thing for tornados in this area. I pack them up and drive to my parent's house. And would do the same thing for floods, which we've had here fairly often.
post #17 of 22
I come from the mind that I am here to take care of the animals and I wouldnt go without them ....
post #18 of 22
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I'm with you Gray Kitten, I take every warning seriously! I would have, and have packed up my babies and got them the heck out of there! And if I didnt have a car as many of them didnt, I would have started walking with the whole bunch in with me! They had plenty of notice to get things packed and out of there, or if I/they absolutely couldnt leave, I would have started filling every container I could find with water and stocked up on canned goods or simular items! With other storms around the country there's always news about how the grocery store shelves are bare from people stocking up getting ready for it. There was no mention of this for Katrina, only how they luted the stores afterwards.
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by sharky
I come from the mind that I am here to take care of the animals and I wouldnt go without them ....
Me, too.
I heard a sad thing on the news today when a reporter was saying that the city seems so strangely quiet except for the wails of the animals left behind, hungry & crying for food.
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post #21 of 22
They announced yesterday that they are going to start allowing people to take their pets with them when they are evacuated. Many people are staying cause they will not abandon their pets, and in order to get them out of the city, rescuers have compromised their original position.

My husband and I debated this. We would be the ones to stay with our pets if we couldn't take them with us. But I will also say that when a tornado passed over our house 2 years back, we did all we could to get ourselves into the storm cellar - there was no warning and no time to bring them with us. Storm debrie was hitting us as we made the dash to the cellar that night - the cat carriers would have been blown away with the wind. What a tough choice those people made!
post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by GrayKittenLove
It terrifies to me to think that I would have to leave my cats behind but if I had forwarning of something like this coming I wouldn't have stuck around anyway. I would have packed up my cats and headed north. And I would never own more animals that what I could safely pack into whatever vechile I owned. And yes the second I heard a hurricane was coming towards us I would have packed up the boys, and yes these people had notice) and we would have left. I tend not to stick around in areas of danger though. Better to be safe than sorry, my whole attitude is this. I'd rather be a live fool for running from a storm than a dead one for not taking the warning seriously enough. I do the same thing for tornados in this area. I pack them up and drive to my parent's house. And would do the same thing for floods, which we've had here fairly often.
i agree that those people who had the means to leave should have, & i have less sympathy for them than for those who could not. some of the people who didn't leave chose not to, but some were people who used public transportation, or lived close enough to their jobs to walk, or didn't have jobs (welfare, etc.). they had no way to leave, with or without their animals. those are the people i feel for - the ones who had so little choice...
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