IFAW: Tell Congress not to leave pets behind

June 23rd, 2006 9:32 am by Kelly Garbato

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From: Fred O’Regan, International Fund for Animal Welfare – fred [at] ifaw1.org
Date: Jun 19, 2006 5:00 PM
Subject: Tell Congress not to leave pets behind

International Fund for Animal Welfare June 19, 2006

Tell Congress not to leave pets behind

When a natural disaster strikes, pets are often the forgotten victims. Animals are often lost or owners are forced to leave them behind during mandatory evacuations.

Throughout IFAW’s hurricane relief efforts last year to rescue the animals left behind in the wake of Katrina, we were continuously humbled by our encounters with survivors who risked everything to protect and reunite with their pets.

From tales of incredible determination and courage, to stories of hope and perseverance, our animal rescue workers have been extremely privileged to be a part of so many extraordinary examples of the bond between humans and animals that clearly illustrate the compassion people have for their pets during the most difficult of times.

And now you can help make sure no more pets needlessly suffer in the next natural emergency.

Urge Your Senator to Pass the PETS Act

Senators Ted Stevens (R-AK), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Lincoln Chafee (R-RI), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) have introduced S. 2548, legislation entitled “PETS” (The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act). This much needed bipartisan legislation would require anyone who accepts federal emergency funding to include pets and service animals in their disaster evacuation plans.

The House has already passed their version of this bill (HR. 3858) and with the 2006 hurricane season now underway, animals need your help today to push this senate bill forward.

Please contact your federal senator today and urge him or her to cosponsor and strongly support the PETS Act, S. 2548. Click here to send an email directly to your senator.

Not only do pets need to be rescued for their own sake, but also for the sake of their owners who may have already lost their homes and their possessions. The survival of animals often plays a critical part in the rebuilding of communities and people’s lives.

Thank you for taking the time to speak out on behalf of pets.


Fred O’Regan

P.S. You can also help support the campaign to pass the PETS bill by making a contribution to IFAW today.

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