Hurricane Irene, the storm, has moved on but our thoughts and best wishes go out to all those families and homes that continue to be without power, are flooded, are damaged, etc. etc. In stark contrast and probably as a result of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005, governments and towns along the Eastern seaboard had better emergency plans in place and those ordered to evacuate had ample time to do so and mostly did. Continued good news followed on the “care of animals” front in that may shelters this time around had contingency and evacuation plans in place and many states organized pet evacuation shelters, too! The ASPCA, Humane Society, and local shelters (based on my Google search of the topic, yes, rather informal) really had it together this time around–kudos to all those involved. Best Friends, the animal sanctuary who was so instrumental in helping the Katrina animals, kept their website current and provided state listings of resources to tap into for animal aid. The Air National Guard had a role in helping transport animals in NJ back to their shelters.
We at Brandy and Val are so pleased that, from what we can see so far, a Katrina Calamity has been averted. Val, as a Hurricane Katrina survivor, is especially pleased that so many families had plans for their pets and were able to keep them safe and with them. Hurricane Katrina’s 6th anniversary coincided with Hurricane Irene’s, a reminder that the wrath of Mother Nature’s storms are not one-time events. Remember the animals — the four-legged members of the family who are so near and dear.
Comments? Suggestions? We’d love to hear from you. Brandy and Val are two former rescue dogs who star in their children’s board book series. Animal shelters throughout the U.S. benefit with every sale from Brandy and Val’s books and toys.