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From 4 October 2006 Issue

ASPCA Hails Passage of Pets Act

U.S. Newswire, New York
September 21, 2006 

The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) today hailed the passage of the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act, as a significant move in ensuring that the needs of those with pets and service animals are taken into account while planning for disasters and emergencies.

"I congratulate all the sponsors and co-sponsors in both Houses, who recognized the need for a bill such as the PETS Act, and who have worked tirelessly to see it come to fruition," said Ed Sayres, president of the ASPCA. "As we at the ASPCA-and everyone else-saw during the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina last year, the thought of giving up or leaving behind their pets was heart wrenching for the thousands of Americans in the affected areas. On top of their emotional trauma, we also saw the compounded health and safety risks among the animals left behind, as well as the complicated human rescue efforts for those who refused to evacuate without their pets."

The bill was passed by the House of Representatives in May and the Senate in August. Last night, the Senate amendment to the original House bill, which authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA) to make financial contributions to local and state plans that factor the needs of those with pets and service animals into such planning, was unanimously approved in the House. The bill has been sent to President Bush for his signature into law.

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