Local Effort for National Disaster Victims

Local Effort for National Disaster Victims

Hurricane Katrina caught the country by surprise in 2005 displacing hundreds of thousands of people and their pets.  Assessing the aftermath a profound finding came of one poll – 44% of people who chose not to evacuate during Katrina did so because they did not want to abandon their pets.

While an estimated 15,000 pets were rescued during and after Katrina by the New Orleans SPCA, according to news reports, 90,000 area pets were never accounted for, with some sources saying an estimated 600,000 dogs and cats were displaced or died as a result of the storm.

After Katrina, the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act was born, requiring that emergency response plans “account for the needs of individuals with household pets and service animals before, during and following a major disaster or emergency.”

While the Act has and will continue to help, when not directly affected by a major tragedy, people tend to forget that the aftermath continues long after local and national news moves on to other subjects.

This weekend, Loudoun County’s Woofie’s Pet Sitters, Dog Walkers and Mobile Pet Grooming along with Ellen Zangla Photography teamed with many local sponsors, raising money to benefit pets still impacted by recent hurricanes, Harvey, Irma and Maria.  Hundreds of residents, business owners, and pet lovers participated in the event held at Woofies headquarters in Ashburn. Proceeds from Zangla’s photos sessions are going to benefit the US Humane Society’s continuing efforts with pets in affected areas.

Event sponsors included Jill C. Tompkins Perla, Flags of ValorGinny Bins, DogGone NaturalLost Rhino Brewing Co., and The Loudoun Tribune.

Below are examples of the event photo sessions.

Brian Reynolds