Make Room for Pets

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Congress has called for emergency preparedness plans that include helping individuals and families with pets.

The legislation was sent to President Bush Wednesday.

It was during Hurricane Katrina that people saw the images of anguished pet owners asked to abandon their animals to gain shelter or be rescued.

Katrina hit the Gulf coast on August 29th of 2005. Several hundred thousands Louisiana residents evacuated to Texas.

Connecticut Congressman Christopher Shays many pet owners chose to risk their lives and remain with their pets -- when they were asked to abandon the animals.

The bill calls for state and local emergency preparedness plans to make provisions for families with pets and individuals with service animals.

The Senate passed the bill in August.