Colorado Flood Evacuation Includes Pets

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The disastrous flooding in Colorado has led to the largest evacuation in the state's history, but humans aren't the only ones being rescued. The National Guard's new motto is "no pets left behind," according to the Associated Press.

The National Guard's air search and rescue operations effort to save family pets along with their owners isn't just about good will; it also has an important impact on human safety. Evacuating animals has been instrumental in convincing pet owners who were reluctant to leave their homes that evacuation was the right move.

"We kind of learned after Katrina, when people wouldn't evacuate because of their pets," said Kathy Conner, a worker at a shelter at a YMCA in Boulder.

According to the National Guard, more than 800 pets have been airlifted to safety via helicopter, and hundreds more on land. The Red Cross also has been ready with water bowls, kennels and other necessary supplies to keep evacuated pets safe.

"It just makes sense that you bring the pets along. They are part of the family," said Skye Robinson, a spokesman for the National Guard. "You wouldn't leave a family behind because they had kids."


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Dr. J

Honoring the human animal bond.... I would never leave my golden retriever in the event of a natural disaster. That would constitute animal abuse and neglect. Great job!

September 21 2013 at 3:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dr. J

Would never leave without my animal companion...Good job in recognizing and honoring the human-animal bond. They certainly are a member of the pack family and should never be left to perish.

September 21 2013 at 3:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thank you sooooo much for all the rescue workers in Colorado u r doing a blessed thing Lots of prayers and hugs out to all...
Thank you

September 21 2013 at 10:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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