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Too much loss

I cry...

for the little boy whose dog was taken away. So distraught he vomited.

"It's just a dog" some people say, but it's more than that...it's what a little boy holds onto, his security blanket, when he's confused and frightened.

Imagine for a moment being that boy-

in a place full of chaos and death, that was supposed to be a shelter from a storm. For days, with little food or water- remember, everyone was told to bring their own- the darkness, confusion. People hurt and dying, pregnant women going into labor, with no medical assistance, the overpowering stench from human waste...flood waters nearby, a roof, damaged and leaking. Assaults and rapes...Not even the departure is uneventful- a sniper shooting at the helicopters trying to deliver food...

To have a police officer take your dog away from you...and being powerless. Your home is gone, and now this.

I know, what choice was there? Dogs aren't allowed on the bus, stay behind and risk his life? Ridiculous, we adults say.

But just imagine, for one moment, you are that child...would you be able to get over it, even if you were reunited with your dog? You tell yourself you would, but unless you've lived those days and nights, you'll never know...

One story out of countless, many untold.

I cry for all of them...

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dopplertx
Sep. 7th, 2005 04:03 pm (UTC)
Last night while I was at the evacuee shelter, an announcement was made over the PA, asking people who'd left pets in NOLA to visit the reunion area. I was told they were collecting addresses, and the SPCA and Humane Society hopes to be able to get in there and collect people's pets. I imagine it's a very long shot, but at least someone's trying.
snaxxx
Sep. 7th, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC)
Could you imagine?
What if that was Billy?

*blubbers some more*
razorart
Sep. 7th, 2005 06:16 pm (UTC)
Hey go to unquietmind's LJ--she posts that Snowball was immediately rescued afterwards...
jbluemoon
Sep. 8th, 2005 01:35 pm (UTC)
Hopefully....
scenes like this will prompt the ASPCA and other animal interest groups to create lobbies that make abandoning pets and other domesticated animals during disasters a form of animal cruelty, punishable by law. At least there are rescue groups out there trying hard to save whatever pets they can. Ten years ago I doubt that would have happened. You did not hear about any animal rescue groups trying to save any during the San Franciso earthquake of '89 for example. It's all about awareness.
tinywarrior
Sep. 8th, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
http://www.petfinder.org/disaster/

Here's info on pet rescue. I'm also urging everyone I know to call FEMA directly and urge them to allow the people who are being evacuated to take their pets with them, or at least to let the rescue groups arrange for foster shelter for the animals before forcing people to leave them behind.

202-646-3900
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