Animal Welfare In Times Of Disaster

More often than not, mankind is too preoccupied thinking about how to save their own lives and properties during calamities than their pet animals. It may be different if an animal is grown for a profit like cattle, for example, where their owners would often evacuate them first rather than lose their source of livelihood. It is often an afterthought for some owners to think about their pet’s welfare during disasters and it is not uncommon to see dead or lost animals after strong hurricanes or tornadoes because their owners are likely as dazed as them too.

In light of the recent hurricane that hit the United States of America, Hurricane Harvey, some parts of the nation have been unfortunate enough again to be at the mercy of the elements. Texas has been flooded and many homes are deep in water for days now. Relief and rescue are slow and many are already complaining. While humans suffer, animals suffer too. And it is even worse for them as they can’t speak and let everyone know how badly they are feeling. Those pets that have been unfortunate enough to not be rescued and evacuated in time have likely succumbed to the elements and thus forever lost.

Texas has never seen a storm like Hurricane Harvey before. It’s buried Houston and its environs, and part of Louisiana, under water. More rain is coming in the next few days — as much