The Louisiana State Police made the announcements that everyone had to leave New Orleans by 5 p.m. and evacuation help would be provided for those unable to get out on their own. Unfortunately, this evacuation did not include pets of any kind.
Based on a poll conducted by the Fritz Institute, 44% of people did not evacuate for Katrina because they refused to leave their pets behind. In 2006, the Louisiana SPCA successfully lobbied for the passage of Senate Bill 607, better known as the “Pet Evacuation Bill.” Now, governments on all levels are required to include companion animals in their evacuation plans.
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