Thursday, September 21, 2006

This makes Fred feel better

Lawmakers urge pet aid in disasters

Associated Press
September 21, 2006

WASHINGTON -- In a bill sent to President Bush on Wednesday, Congress called for emergency preparedness plans that include helping individuals and families with pets.

People saw images of anguished pet owners asked to abandon their animals to gain shelter or be rescued in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich, an Ohio Democrat who has two beagles and a cocker spaniel, said the bill is about "compassion and the recognition of the importance of compassion in the life of this nation."

The bill calls for state and local emergency preparedness plans to make provisions for families with pets and individuals with service animals.

It grants the Federal Emergency Management Agency the authority to help state and local governments develop emergency and evacuation plans that take pets and service animals into account.

It also authorizes some federal financial help for states establishing emergency shelters for people and their pets.The Senate passed the bill in August.
Copyright 2006 Newsday Inc.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This makes me feel better too Fred. We can never forget out furry friends.