Boarding Kennels and Natural Disasters

Yesterday, a bushfire in South Australia tore through the north-east of Adelaide and some parts of the Hills. Fortunately, no human lives have been lost at this time, but devastatingly, the fire destroyed a boarding kennel and cattery, killing many of the pets staying there most likely while the owners were on holiday. I can’t imagine how all those affected are feeling – and those who have lost their homes. Amazingly, about 45 dogs were rescued.

This made me think about evacuation procedures in natural disasters and a hypothetical that I’m sure would never be allowed. I imagine the logistics would be a nightmare – having to somehow move all the animals in, likely a short amount of time; finding new shelter/homes for each of them; maintaining records of where they’re all going; all while ensuring legal obligations are fulfilled. This seems even more impossible when considering how quickly natural disasters can develop.

In my hypothetical situation, where legalities can be ignored, would it be better to free all the animals/unlock all cages and runs before evacuating yourself and your family?

In my mind, this might give the animals at least a chance of leaving and escaping the natural disaster rather than being trapped where they are as it comes.

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Fundraiser: Shot in the Head and Left to Die – Can You Help?

Hey everyone,

I’ve been so busy that I’ve barely posted on this blog, but I thought I’d take the time to share THIS. (Click here) Please share this page/link and help out if you can.

This is how Licia was found.

This is how Licia was found.

This poor dog was found wandering the streets, and after being rescued and taken to the vet, they discovered she had been shot in the head. She will soon be having a CT scan to see where all the bullet and bone fragments are in her head. Funds are being raised for this and for the potentially complicated surgery/surgeries or treatments that may be required for this. Every dollar and share counts!

Python Eats Family Dog in Australia

For my first (test) post, here’s a bit of weird news:

On March 14 (Australian time), a >50-year old python swallowed a family dog that had been chained to its kennel outside. The owner went out to get her Chihuahua x Maltese only to find the python in its place, with the chain sticking out of its mouth. Thankfully, the owner didn’t harm the python, but instead contacted volunteers from a wildlife rescue organisation. The chain was cut and the python was eventually taken to a wildlife hospital.

In the latest update I found, the veterinarians had decided to leave the chain for a few weeks until everything is digested.

Sources:

http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/python-in-the-dog-house-after-eating-family-pet-20140314-34qzh.html

http://www.northernstar.com.au/news/huge-python-swallows-dog-chained-backyard/2198729/