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Report of the 2006 National Animal Disaster Summit

Bonnie V. Beaver DVM, MS, DACVB1, Robert Gros DVM2, E. Murl Bailey DVM, PhD, DABVT3, and Cindy S. Lovern DVM, MS4
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  • 1 Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843
  • | 2 Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association, 8550 United Plaza Blvd, Ste 1001, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
  • | 3 Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843
  • | 4 Scientific Activities Division, American Veterinary Medical Association, 1931 N Meacham Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Three hurricanes devastated the Gulf Coast of the United States during 2005—Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. Together those 3 storms cost 1,786 lives, caused $100 billion in property damage, and called attention to one of the most important problems associated with natural disasters: that preplanning failed to take into account the human-animal bond. Of course, the fact that the human-animal bond may have an impact on how people react during a disaster has been known for some time. A study 1 published in 2001, for instance, reported that 41% of pet-owning households that evacuated without their pets during a disaster

Three hurricanes devastated the Gulf Coast of the United States during 2005—Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. Together those 3 storms cost 1,786 lives, caused $100 billion in property damage, and called attention to one of the most important problems associated with natural disasters: that preplanning failed to take into account the human-animal bond. Of course, the fact that the human-animal bond may have an impact on how people react during a disaster has been known for some time. A study 1 published in 2001, for instance, reported that 41% of pet-owning households that evacuated without their pets during a disaster

Contributor Notes

Address correspondence to Dr. Beaver