Let’s talk about Robert Simmons, responsibility and the sweet kitty he couldn’t leave behind when New Bern, North Carolina suffered devastating flooding during Hurricane Florence. Michael posted the original article here on PoC.
The photos credited to Andrew Carter have gone viral on Facebook and other social media. To me, they say a lot about Robert and his sense of responsibility. The photos also show the love the kitten, Survivor, feels for his owner.
Robert didn’t shirk his responsibility to Survivor. He made sure Survivor wasn’t left behind to an almost certain death. Survivor is clearly grateful. As much as cats hate getting wet, this little feline appears glad to be “high and dry” for the moment.
A lot of you may not realize the extent some people went to in seeing their pets safe. There were also those who abandoned pets at service stations, animal shelters or left them in places where they were sure to drown.
Some even contacted rescues (who were already struggling to get the animals in their care to safety) and were upset when the rescue didn’t agree to take the animal in until after the storm. Rescues are full this year with a massive kitten season.
One person said rescue doesn’t know black or white. It also doesn’t know rich or poor. When disaster strikes, people in the United States step up to help any way they can. While many were rescued by those trained to rescue, there will likely be just as many if not more who will be saved by the “average Joe” with a 4-wheel drive vehicle or a boat.
Please feel free to thank Robert and all those who took their pets with them, as well as those involved in saving people they don’t even know. While there have been a few horror stories of abandonment and looting, there are just as many of people stepping up to help.