How many cats were separated from their human caretakers in the Colorado floods (and dogs)? We don’t know. The media almost exclusively focuses on people at times of natural disasters. I like to focus on the companion animals, particularly cats, to redress the balance.
Here is a fine picture that tells a story about the Colorado cats. I wonder if this apprehensive orange tabby made it back to his family. It is particularly upsetting for a cat to be moved to a different home. You know how hard it is for cats to settle down quickly. They are good swimmers and survivors though.
The rescuers recommended that families evacuate their homes. What could they take with them? A few personal possessions. What happened to the cats and the other animals? In one case a horse was left tied up to a fence with water surging around. Fortunately he was saved.
“…As always when there’s a disaster of this magnitude, many animals are separated from their humans or unable to enter emergency shelters with their human families. The Longmont Humane Society is taking in flood rescues and also animals whose people can’t bring them to shelters with them….” (The Longmont Humane Society)
The Longmont Humane Society is one of a number of rescue organisations who are saving cats. They report that they have rescued 133 animals and the number is mounting. There are at least 9 other animal rescue organisations involved, which is very impressive.
The organisations include the American Humane Association and PetAid Colorado. This video give us a feel for what was like:
There are quite a lot of comments about these flash floods being man-made – climate change. And one person quoted the Book of Mormon saying the cause is God’s punishment for the wrong doings of humankind. I couldn’t find a video of cat rescue.
Note: My thanks to DW for telling me about this. She suggested that the September PoC comments money goes to one of the organisations involved in rescuing the animals.