2 paws up for NYC

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To the editor:

Two paws up to New York City for allowing people seeking refuge from Hurricane Sandy to take their animal companions with them on subways, taxis and trains, as well as in all of the city’s emergency shelters. 

All cities should follow New York City’s compassionate lead. Our animal companions are even less equipped to survive a disaster than we are. Left behind in an emergency, cats, dogs and other animals may be stranded in dangerous situations for days or weeks without food or water if conditions prevent their guardians from returning. 

What’s more, as we have learned from Hurricane Katrina and other emergencies, many people would rather risk their lives than leave their companions behind to face uncertain fates in a disaster zone.

I urge everyone to ensure that they have an emergency plan in place for their animal family members, and to never leave animals behind when evacuating a disaster. Material possessions can be replaced, but best friends can’t. For disaster-preparedness tips see www.PETA.org.

Lindsay Pollard-Post

The PETA Foundation


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