Hurricane Katrina taught our society a number of lessons. One of those was that many people will not evacuate if they cannot bring their pets with them, even if that means putting their own safety at risk. With massive wildfires threatening communities all over California and leading to large-scale evacuations, the number of dogs and other pets being displaced along with their people is alarming. Though bringing dogs to safety is still a challenge, there are more options than there used to be in the face of natural disasters. The improvement reflects an increased understanding that these animals are a part of our families, even among people who are not dog lovers themselves.
It’s still a challenge, but there have been improvements in recent years