Allow Pets to Be Evacuated During Disasters

Target: U.S. Department of State

Goal: Allow pets to be evacuated with their dedicated owners

During disasters such as the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, dedicated pet owners were forced to evacuate without their beloved animals. Many people chose to risk their own lives in order to protect their helpless pets. Please ask the U.S. Department of State to enact a program that would allow evacuees to also bring their animals to safety.

The official policy of the U.S. Department of State does not allow U.S. citizens to evacuate disasters with their animals in tow. People are forced to choose between leaving the dangerous area without their beloved pets or stay with the innocent creatures and risk their own lives. The Center for Disease Control has cited this as being the number one reason citizens will refuse to evacuate a hazardous area. During disasters, animal advocacy groups such as Peta come in to rescue the animals that owners were forced to desert and also find many people who refused to leave their non-human family members.

Please take a moment to ask the U.S. Department of State to enact an effective evacuation policy that will allow devoted pet owners to evacuate with their beloved non human family members during disasters and life threatening situations.


Dear U.S. Department of State,

I was deeply saddened to hear that U.S. citizens are not allowed to bring their beloved animals during evacuations from disasters and life threatening situations. Many of us consider our pets to be family members and would choose to stay with them through imminent danger rather than save ourselves. Please develop an evacuation policy that would allow citizens to evacuate with their cherished animals in tow.

The Center for Disease Control has proclaimed the issue of having to desert pets as being the number one reason evacuees refuse to leave disaster zones and hazardous areas. Many people choose to protect their helpless loved ones rather than ditch them and save their own life. After the horrific earthquake and tsunami Japan suffered, animal advocacy groups stepped in to help the innocent animals citizens were forced to leave behind.

During stressful events such as natural disasters, deciding wether or not to leave a non human loved one behind can be a torturous proposition for one to make. Allowing U.S. evacuees to return to safe areas with their cherished pets would allow the rescue of more animals and humans alike during these unforeseen events. Please enact a policy that would allow citizens to evacuate with their precious pets.


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