After Katrina, many people asked what could be done in the future to prevent the terrible separation of human and animal residents from each other. One California Congressman decided to do something. Last fall he introduced HR 3858, The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Safety Act (PETS Act). The PETS Act amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to ensure that State and local emergency preparedness operational plans address the needs of individuals with household pets and service animals following a major disaster or emergency.
The PETS Act was initially supported by Reps Lantos (D-CA), Shays (R-CT), Frank (D-MA), Young (R-AK), and Oberstar (D-MN) but presently has 86 supporters in the House. If you want to support the ACT then contact your Representative and let him or her know how you feel. If you don’t know how to contact your Rep, the Dogfriendly.com site has a link to assist you.
For up-to-date information on how the PETS Act is faring in Congress you can look at the record on the Library of Congress site. For more information on the ACT in general check out the article on Dogfriendly.com.
Thanks to Kathleen N. for bringing this article to my attention!