In a previous post where I discussed the strong bond that dog owners have with their pets and the joy of reuniting with them, I recalled the case during Hurricane Katrina when one young man refused to be evacuated unless his dog was rescued too. It was only when a person working for Oprah Winfrey’s network promised that he would take care of the dog and that they would be reunited later that he agreed to go. Their reunion later was something to see.
It is hard for rescue agencies to realize that these pets are like family members and that to ask people to leave them behind is something that many simply cannot bring themselves to do. These agencies will have to learn how to accommodate this need in future rescues. Volunteer groups went to the region to try and complement the human rescue efforts and save as many pets as they could and try to get them reunited with their owners or find other homes.
It is hard for people who do not have pets to understand the ties that bind us to them. I remember one radio announcer at that time got a lot of flak for saying that he could not understand the fuss that the young man in the above video was making when all he had to do was go to a pet store or shelter and get another dog. Of such a person, you can definitely say that he either does not have a dog or should not have one.