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Leave No Pet Behind
As hurricane season approaches, make plans for pets now
This resourceful record book helps you plan for your dog's care in case of emergency.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it was painfully clear that people would do anything - even risk their own lives - to save their pets. At the Chatham County Hurricane Conference recently held in Georgia, participants discussed the importance of helping people plan for their pets' care in the event of a disaster. In Chatham County, crated dogs and cats will now be allowed on evacuation buses, emergency pet shelters will be set up adjacent to Red Cross shelters, and a mobile, emergency pet shelter will hold up to 50 dogs and 50 cats. As the tragic flooding in Nashville demonstrates, you don't have to live in a hurricane prone area to experience a natural disaster. Make plans for your pet now, before an emergency happens. For help organizing, grab a copy of Jenny Pavlovic's excellent Not Without My Dog Resource & Record Book.

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Julia Kamysz Lane, owner of Spot On K9 Sports and contributing editor at The Bark, is the author of multiple New Orleans travel guides, including Frommer’s New Orleans Day by Day (3rd Edition). Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poets and Writers and Publishers Weekly.

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Submitted by Jenny Pavlovic | May 8 2010 |

View the video and look inside the book at http://www.8statekate.net/wordpress/?page_id=1542.

Submitted by Ilene Fine | May 10 2010 |

This sounds like a great book and I hope to read it. I have a Katrina dog who now does pet therapy. I wrote a children's book about his (and his sister's) plight and when we do our appearances, I always make an effort to talk about pet emergency preparedness and stress its' importance. I couldn't imagine ever having to evacuate without my pets. In Katrina's aftermath, the government passed the PETS Act (Pet Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act) mandating that local and state emergency management plans "include preparation for evacuating family pets and service animals along with their owners." This federal law also "allows FEMA to provide funding to create pet-friendly shelters and assist with the development of localized emergency manage plans." Have a plan and know where to go.

(as an aside, all the profits from the sale of Brandy and Val's Special Story are donated to the shelter our pups were adopted from)

Submitted by Jenny Pavlovic | May 21 2010 |

I'd love to hear more about your book.

Unfortunately the PETS Act came without adequate funding. But organizations like Muttshack (www.Muttshack.org) have gone a long way to fill the gaps. Muttshack made a huge difference when Hurricane Gustav came to NOLA. We had to evacuate early after the Animal Memorial Service in NOLA at the 3rd anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, August 29, 2008.

Submitted by Melanie Monteiro | May 21 2010 |

I was lucky enough to see an advance copy of this book and it is fantastic! Something every pet parent should have. I can't wait for my own copy to arrive and plan to give it as gifts this holiday season.

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