Both the national and international news these days are full of stories of people having to flee their homes, whether due to fires consuming much of California or due to war and conflict in Syria, Afganistan, and other parts of the world. Although folks in California and migrants on the other side of the globe have very different stories, a common thread for many of them is leaving pets and livestock behind, not out of choice but necessity.
For many of us not in their shoes, it is difficult to imagine having to make the choice and walking away from animals – whether pets and/or livestock – in order to save our own lives. I hope that is a choice I am never faced with. My heart aches for those people dealing with a myriad of losses – their home, for many their country, their way of life, and their pets. Recently, as we have remembered the anniversary of the destruction of New Orleans, I remember the many stories of pets being saved in the aftermath of the flooding. Some folks were able to have wonderful reunions with their pets and some pets found new homes. I hope that is the case, once again, for many of those families in California.
Love up your pets today – and if you don’t have one, there’s one waiting for you in a shelter!!