It Happens Every Time

Every time there’s a natural disaster, especially one that includes flooding there are pictures – horrible, disgusting, terrible – pictures of animals suffering.

There is a special circle of hell reserved for people who evacuate and leave their animals behind to fend for themselves. I’m not adverse to torturing those who chain their dogs to some place before leaving so the poor animal drowns.

What the hell are you thinking, you scum bags?

I know, I know, how do I really feel?

For every person who rescued a dog or a cat in the face of Florence and any other tropical depression/hurricane/storm thank you. You are one of the true heroes.

To you people who abandon your pets with such alacrity, shame on you. You don’t deserve to have a pet and they deserve much better than you.

And that’s how I really feel.

19 thoughts on “It Happens Every Time”

  1. Whether you have a dog, cat or chicken – whether you have pigs or cows – you know this storm is coming – figure it out. Take care of them. Ot Karen and I and her little group of ladies are coming after you…. Helen in Ark.

  2. I feel the same way Karen. Seeing the pics of these poor baby’s left behind AND chained up hurts my heart in the worst way! I don’t know how people can be so thoughtless so uncaring about their animals. Those people that took their boats and saved the ones they did God Bless them. I really hope that I never see an animal being abused right in front of me though. God help those people…and me too because I’d go to jail.

  3. Good day, Ms. Karen,

    I feel exactly as you do about this. I love animals, especially dogs and horses. I am originally from Texas and grew up with dogs and horses, so they hold a special place in my heart.

    I have always felt that having a pet is like having a child. You take on that responsibility with the knowledge that they are your responsibility for a lifetime, so to speak. They are a family member, and like a child they rely solely on you to take care of them and protect them. They can’t take care of themselves, especially when facing a crisis like a severe storm or a hurricane! It angers me to no end to see these sorry examples of a human being, leaving their pets behind.

    • I think lots of people don’t understand how much of a responsibility pets are. Or don’t care. Or think of pets as disposable things that can be abandoned if they get to be too much of a problem.

      I get incensed about heartworm disease. It’s so prevalent in Texas. A lot of dogs in rescue situations have tested positive for heartworms, yet the pill you give a dog every month is cheap. The treatment for heartworms is brutal to the dog and it’s so much better to prevent it than to treat it.

      Yet one more thing I don’t understand.

  4. Just saw a short news bit about a man from Texas – who drove to North Carolina to help – driving down a road – he saw 6 hounds in an enclosure with the water up about 3 or 4 feet and rising. He stopped and got all the dogs and put them in his vehicle.

    I would like to believe that most people in Texas would do that same thing.

    And then – maybe the same kind of Texans who used to hang horse thieves could find the owner of those hounds.

    OK – OK – that was overboard. Sorry.

    But, for me, I simply do not understand why you would get animals and then walk away and leave them in danger. Would they do that to their children? Other family members?

    Lord have mercy, during Hurricane Harvey here, there were ranchers who tried to keep their cattle and horses safe from the flood waters. How could people leave dogs and cats to die?

    • I don’t know how they could leave their animals to die. I don’t get it. I couldn’t live with the guilt.

      If it’s the same report I saw about the hounds they would have drowned shortly because the water was rising. Who does that? Who ties up an animal in those situations?

      I don’t think your comment was overboard, by the way. 🙂

  5. I saw an article on Facebook that said a truck driver loaded up cats and dogs from that animal shelters in the line of the hurricane. That is a true hero! Thinking of others before himself, especially those that can not help themselves. Thank you for sharing your thoughts it is wrong for people to assume the animals would survive and they couldn’t. Sure selfishness!

    • During the Houston floods one shelter was inundated. A great many of the dogs drowned in their cages before anyone could get to them. I watched the story of this poor little dog who came very close to drowning. He swam for hours in his cage – I imagine it was the dog paddle – until he was rescued. He had, as a result, severe separation anxiety and also hated the rain. You can’t help but understand why, poor thing. A video of him showed him screaming when he was alone – the same kind of sound Stanley makes. That’s why Stanley goes to day care now.

  6. Good for you, Karen. I braked for a seagull yesterday 🙂 and we have lots of them. If I were in the area, I would be helping those poor creatures. All of my cats have been rescues and here in Nova Scotia, it is now against the law to declaw cats, dock tails, ears and debark dogs. If I see someone abusing an animal, and leaving them in flood areas is definitely abuse, I just feel a great hatred. Why did you get the animal to start with? My remaining cat (of 3) is 18 years old and we look after him like a baby. We don’t even leave the house without leaving the radio on and lights at night.

    Take care, Karen.

    • Good for you. I brake for doves here. We’ve got loads of them.

      How amazing that your cat is 18 years old. You must have been doing something right. 🙂

      My previous Sheltie, Lovey, was debarked. It was the first time I’d ever heard of the process and I was horrified when the breeder just casually mentioned it to me. Poor Lovey. She was about four years old when I got her (I never did get a straight answer as to how old she was) and she lived for five more years. Three years after the day I picked her up at the breeder she barked. It was one bark and it sounded hoarse, but I was so thrilled I hugged her and gave her a cookie.

    • Pets are a huge responsibility. Lord Stanley is sometimes a royal PITA, but he’s MY PITA. I took on the responsibility of him and that means during good times and bad. I couldn’t imagine just saying, “Well, Fred, the dogs will be okay, let’s boogie.”

    • I must admit that the air was a little blue when I saw all those beagles that had been left to drown. I just get ballistic with that stuff.

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