19 thoughts on “Pets are Family

  1. Prayers and blessings to all those who have been affected by this monster tornado. I hope there are many more happy reunions between people and their pets, and that those pets who don’t get home will be well cared for and will find new homes and families.

  2. I’ve been thinking about all the pets in that area as well. I know that people have been lost, but I hope they don’t forget the resident pets as well as they did during Katrina. I also hope that the HSUS or the ASPCA stays home rather than going in full force, gather all the donations, rounding up the pets and then sending them to kill shelters as they did during Katrina.

    1. Katrina was terrible ~ and I do hope we’ve learned from those experiences. I was involved in rescue, in a very small way, after Katrina and we saw the best and the worst of humanity. Hopefully we’ve learned . . .
      (Oh, that’s probably a surprise to those who say we simply sit behind our computers all day and pontificate ~ yeah, I did some rescue)

      1. Sorry – I have serious doubts that the AKC is going to do much in the way of actual rescue. They can’t/don’t regulate the breeders in the US, so I can’t see them doing much for the “mutts” in OK.

    1. And the amazing search and rescue dogs are finding the trapped people and pets. What amazing companions we have!!!

      And Alley Cats Allies are working on cat rescue – from their website: “And please, if you or a cat caregiver you know needs remote assistance, email Alley Cat Allies at info@alleycat.org, Subject: Oklahoma Tornado, or call toll-free 1-866-271-5534.”

  3. I keep watching the news in hopes to see something about what’s being done to help the animals.. and there is nothing on CBS. Very disappointing.. This picture made me cry and smile. And I am so mad at that news reporter that did lift a finger to help the older lady who’s dogs was trapped under the ruble.. same on her!

    1. It seemed to me that someone off camera (not sure who, may have been a producer or cameraman) noticed the dog and alerted the woman. When she appeared to be having difficulty, someone did promptly step in to assist. One thing to keep in mind is that even taking a step on rubble where a dog is trapped could cause injury to the dog or to people. It might seem instinctual for everyone to rush toward the trapped dog at once, but as I understand it, that is actually not the safest course of action. Good journalists generally try to stay out of being the news and instead focus on reporting it. I think this person acted appropriately.

      1. Sorry, but I don’t see it that way.. That woman was begging for help.. it was all about the story… she could have put her mic down while the camera guy kept filming.. just my opinion. not impressed with with her lack of compassion.

      2. And we don’t know if these reporters are locals who may have had to deal with their own losses/exhaustion. I imagine that they were so surprised, they froze. And the cameraman can only see what the camera sees, so his vision is more limited than the others until someone directs him.

        It looked bad, nobody immediately jumping in to help, but I think it’s completely understandable and forgivable in the circumstances.

        I do hope they got that dog to a vet (although I’m sure it’s tough to arrange transportation to a vet who is up and running in the area) because she looks like she could use some pain meds and an exam for internal injuries.

        So much lost, it’s wonderful to see that there’s still hope.

      1. How does one get money/supplies directly into the hands of the people operating these makeshift shelters?

        On Wed, May 22, 2013 at 10:05 AM, YesBiscuit!

      2. There is a donate page on .http://okclostpets.com/
        I haven’t seen any other requests for donations, but I’m sure there will be more once the big box animal welfare groups get their PR out there.

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