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Press Release 05-142
Four-legged Family Members Must Be Included in Emergency Plans

Concern for pets is main reason why some won't evacuate disaster areas

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Okaloosa (Fla.) animal services director comforts a woman seeking a temporary home for her dog.

Okaloosa County Animal Services Director Dee Thompson-Poirrier comforts a woman seeking a temporary home for her family's small dog, "Bruizer." The family's home in DeSoto County was destroyed by Hurricane Charley in 2004.

Credit: Laura Bevan, The Humane Society of the United States


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A young volunteer comforts a kitten after Hurricane Ivan.

After Hurricane Ivan, a young volunteer at the Okaloosa County (Fla.) Animal Services Center comforts a kitten.

Credit: Laura Bevan, The Humane Society of the United States


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A lost dog with a broken leg received treatment at a temporary animal shelter.

A lost dog with a broken leg received treatment at a temporary animal shelter and veterinary unit set up in DeSoto County, Fla., after hurricane Charley devastated the area.

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A Bay Area Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) member cares for two orphaned racoons.

A Bay Area Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) member helps with the care of two orphaned racoons after Hurricane Charley destroyed their home in 2004.

Credit: The Humane Society of the United States


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When left alone during a disaster, animals must care for each other.

When left alone during a disaster, animals must care for each other.

Credit: Leslie Fink


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The Code 3 Response Vehicle takes the role of an emergency veterinary hospital

The Code 3 Response Vehicle takes the role of an emergency veterinary hospital in Hardee County after Hurricane Charley devastated the community in August of 2004. Code 3 is a non-profit animal disaster response group operating out of Colorado.

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