Volunteers brought 65 dogs and 15 cats from the disaster zone in Oklahoma City to a Florida shelter on Wednesday. The animals will receive veterinary care before being put up for adoption next week.
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Oh, by the way. This story is misleading. The animals they brought back were regular shelter animals so that room could be made at the local shelters for the tornado animals. TIME needs to get their stories straight. Boca was kind enough to pickup these animals, many were in their last days of being euthanized and take them in so the area shelters could make room for the animals of the families there. This was according to the shelter and the reporters in Boca Raton.
Let me clarify your story regarding Katrina. The original owners did not step forward to claim their dogs for SEVERAL MONTHS. I would be thrilled if I knew that I could not have retrieved my animals and someone was kind enough to take them in and give them a home and not let them be euthanized because of over crowding. That is a kind thing to do to foster but there were over 65 animals. Even under hard circumstances, which I have been in, it was my responsibility to at least notify the shelters that I was looking for my pets. Maybe others would have been willing to foster knowing that the owners are having problems with taking their pets in and maybe other means of keeping them near could have been worked out until the owners were back on their feet. I don't think that the shelter who picked up the animals did anything wrong. Whoever turned them over in OKL may have to be the ones to answer why. You have your opinion and I have mine. I have been in that situation and I was just commenting on what I did has a pet owner. Myself and friends went to the temporary shelters within a few days trying to find my pets. Luckily for me I found them. Everyone wants a happy ending for both parties.
They would have done much better to have taken the adoptable animals from the Humane Society and the Oklahoma City animal shelter and allow those entities then to care for the animals found after the storm so that they might be reunited with their owners. THAT would have been a win-win; Boca would have gotten some adoptable animals and Moore residents could have their companions back.
I undertand your feelings but by now the owners should have come forth. I know that I don't consider my animals as property but family. If after a storm, I would frantically look for my pets. So it has been a while and at least these animals who have waited for their owners to pick them up and they haven't will be given a second chance at life.
I always have a problem with these "heartwarming" rescue stories. These animals get moved hundreds of miles away. What happens if their families are looking for them? What happens if they locate them but find they cannot get them back? Why can't these animals be cared for near where they were lost? Why can't they be fostered and not adopted until their families can reclaim them? I remember Katrina and the number of lost animals who could have been reunited with family, once they were squared away again, but could not be reclaimed? And Joplin...animals were moved right across to the East Coast. Animals are, legally, property and to me "property" that is not returned is stolen regardless of the well-meant intent.
@Tampahappy How are the owners supposed to find them if they're in Boca Raton? A lot of people I know in Moore are still trying to take care of kids and their belongings with no electricity. This is crazy. They should be kept for at least a couple of months and not so far away, good grief.
Agree- what efforts are being put forth to reunite these animals with their families before adopting them out? Yes, I'm very thankful they're getting the necessary medical attention but many likely have families who are missing them.
@OhMyDog @Tampahappy Do you really think this was a last minute decision on their part? Absolutely not.Who is paying for their upkeep, housing, food, medical care, etc? They probably didn't have the funds for the medical care these animals needed. The area shelters are probably full. At least there are shelters willing to take them in and give them medical assistance. I understand that a temporary shelter cannot go on indefinitely. Also, myself and 2 small children went through Katrina and did not have running water, electricity or car use for over 3 months but I did recover my pets. They were part of my family. I did not leave them for someone else to take care of. These animals in this story needed medical care and a shelter was willing to help. I think that was a wonderful thing for them to step in and assist.
@Tampahappy @OhMyDog Unlike you, I live in Oklahoma City and foster for both the Humane Society and the OKC Animal Shelter. they have been donated plenty of funds and many of us who foster have space. There was no reason to send these animals so far away and I imagine someone will be in hot water over it. There were animals from Katrina that out-of-state shelters adopted out that the original owners had to sue to get them back.