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Animals, Volume 8, Issue 4 (April 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) In the months following Hurricane Harvey, interviews were held with key officials within the state [...] Read more. In the months following Hurricane Harvey, interviews were held with key officials within the state of Texas to ascertain if the reforms as a result of Hurricane Katrina twelve years previously—including the passage of the Pets Emergency and Transportation Standards Act 2006—had made any difference to the response. Culturally, the US now has a stronger collective understanding to ensure that companion animals are rescued along with their human counterparts in order to improve the safety of citizens and public safety responders. However, official planning efforts remain sub-optimal and many of the lessons from Hurricane Katrina were repeated. Without any "carrot or stick" the PETS Act remains impotent and, along with other findings, this research shows more effort is required to improve future response to animals in disaster. View this paper