Residents in Path of Tropical Storm Issac Urged to Include Pets in Disaster Plans
News from Opposing Views:

As Tropical Storm Isaac threatens to gather strength as it moves westward over the Caribbean Sea, The Humane Society of the United States reminds residents in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean islands, Florida and other Gulf states to prepare by taking some simple – but critical – steps to keep their pets safe.

While the path and impact of the storm is not certain, it could produce high winds, mudslides and flooding in low-lying areas. Residents in the potential areas of impact should stay up-to-date on the storm’s progress. Pet owners should have an emergency plan that includes the safety of their animals, and always be informed about the potential for evacuation in their area. 

“It is crucial that residents are prepared to keep their pets inside if they are able to stay at home or to take pets with them if asked to evacuate in the face of this potentially destructive storm,” advised Niki Dawson, director of disaster services for The HSUS. “If it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets.”

Dogs who are tethered as a means of confinement or other animals left outside may drown, choke to death on tangled leads, or suffer other serious injuries. Pets should be brought inside in the event of heavy downpours, storm surge or high winds. It’s also important to provide for your pets in the event you lose electricity, making certain they also have adequate…………… continues on Opposing Views

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Major survey shows pet ownership declining in US
News from Chicago Tribune:

SAN DIEGO, CA — Pet ownership is on the decline. On Aug. 3, during the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Convention here, Dr. Karen Felsted revealed new data from the soon-to-be-released 2012 AVMA Pet Demographic Sourcebook (based on data collected in 2011). This pet census polls over 50,000 American households every five years. While cats remain America’s most popular pets, they’ve taken a hit in popularity for the first time since the survey was initiated in 1983.

There are now 74.1 million pet cats in the U.S., a decline of over 9 percent from when the survey was last conducted in 2006. Dogs aren’t exactly having their day; their numbers also went do down, dropping 3 percent. The survey indicates there are 69.9 million pet dogs in America.

It’s interesting to note the enormous change in culture, even since 1983. In that first AVMA survey, there were 55.6 million dogs, and 52.2 million cats in America. Cats took over in 1987 as America’s most popular pet and they haven’t looked back.

The number of pet birds in the U.S. totally crash landed in this most recent survey, falling about 26 percent from five years ago to 8.3 million. The horse population also took a hit, down about 33 percent to 4.9 million compared to 2006.

Why the decline in the pet population?

“The economy plays a significant role. Beyond that, it’s simp…………… continues on Chicago Tribune

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