Do you have an emergency preparedness plan for your pets? (Karl Nielsen)
I just received the NEWS RELEASE below — “9.0 Japanese Earthquake reminds Us Emergency Preparedness Is Critical” — from the City of Los Angeles Department of Animal Services. The information it contains is VERY important. It could help save the life of your pet(s) (and you!) during an emergency. /Gary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Emergency Preparedness for Pets Safety Planning in Case of Fire, Heavy Rain or Earthquake
The recent 9.0 earthquake in Japan reminds us that natural disasters can strike at any time and without advance warning. During Hurricane Katrina in 2005, we learned that people will risk their lives and endanger their own safety to stay with their pets during natural disasters. “One of the big lessons after Katrina was that we must prepare all members of our family for possible disasters, including planning for our family pets,” said General Manager Brenda Barnette.
From time-to-time I get news releases sent to me that are filled with handy information that should be useful to pet owners and others. If you have a pet living with your family, I think you’ll find the information below to be very helpful. /Gary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Pet Poison Helpline has compiled a list of 14 ways pet owners can shower their pets with love and affection – not only on Valentine’s Day – but year round. From making sure pets stay fit, to keeping poisonous items out of reach, the following tips will ensure pets stay healthy and happy and will (hopefully) be around for many Valentine’s Days to come. Read the rest of this entry »
Dog trapped on roof by flooding.Noah’s Wish photo.
Each year two to three million people in the U.S. are affected by disasters.
Both natural and man-made disasters have made it clear that pet owners need to have a plan in case of an unforeseen tragedy.
The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters has created such a plan designed to provide you with educational and reference tools to help guide you through natural and man-made disasters. Read the rest of this entry »
Reviving memories of its huge animal rescue effort following Hurricane Katrina, Best Friends Animal Society today announced that a full animal rescue team is hard at work helping to free companion animals from floodwaters in the tiny town of Oakville, in southeastern Iowa.
Man dies from burns he got while saving dog
A friend and reporter here at the Times forwarded this Associated Press wire story and his comments to me this morning. It’s a tough question with no easy answers.
Gary: Ah. what a dilemma this story raises for humans: what risk to take to save a pet?
(Artist who saved dog from fire succumbs to injuries)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A local artist who once rescued a drowning woman died from injuries he sustained four months ago while saving a friend’s dog from a burning house.
Michael James Keenan, 44, died Monday of complications from burns at St. Francis Memorial Hospital. He sustained burns over 80 percent of his body in February when he rescued a Jack Russell terrier from a Russian Hill home.
“He was the kind of guy who would walk into any pub and walk out with 15 friends,” said Owen Kelly, a childhood friend.
For several weeks after he was injured, friends and family were optimistic Keenan would recover. Doctors initially said his chances of survival were 50-50.
But Kelly said Keenan recently came down with an infection and suffered a stroke Sunday night. He was pronounced brain dead Monday.
The dog Kelly saved survived after being treated at a local animal hospital.
The rescue was the second time Kelly performed an act of heroism.
On Christmas Day 2001, he saw a car drive into San Francisco Bay and jumped in to save the couple inside the car, using a wrench to smash the back window. He was able to pull the wife out, but her husband drowned. (END)
What risk should someone take to rescue a pet? There are no easy answers on this one.