News continues to unfold with respect to the tragic tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma this week. Thankfully, in addition to the devastation and sadness of lives lost, as well as homes and everything in those homes, some good stories have emerged. One story I watched on television was of an older woman standing among the rubble of her and her neighbor’s homes, calling out for her dog. This was the day following the tornado touchdown and she feared her dog perished in the chaos and devastation. As the woman wiped away her tears and spoke to the news reporter, suddenly there was discernible movement near where they stood and moments later her dog stumbled out from under a heap of rubble. Within a brief moment, the woman’s tears of sadness turned into tears of joy.
In recent years, increasing attention has focused on what happens to pets when disaster strikes, whether the disaster is due to hurricanes, fires, tornadoes, floods, or due to a family’s financial crisis. Thankfully, shelters have stepped in to help pets who have been separated from their families, and in many cases pets are eventually reunited with those families. One takeaway from these stories is how important pets are to so many of us. Our pets certainly are family members, and we do our best to keep them safe.
While you’re hugging your human family members and friends, thankful they are safe (even if you haven’t just survived a disaster), don’t forget to hug your pets, too!