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Hurricane Season’s Here: Six Steps to A Rescue Plan that Includes Pets

dogKatrina, Ike and Gustav are more than just names to those whose homes and families were devastated by these destructive storms. Even with the aid of disaster response teams, many evacuees permanently lost their companion animals. As hurricane season 2009 heats up, the message couldn’t be clearer—you can help prevent losing your pet by putting emergency evacuation plans into place.

The ASPCA would like to offer a sneak peak at six steps to follow BEFORE you’re faced with evacuation. To read our complete list in English and Spanish, visit the Disaster Preparedness section of our website.

  • Get a Rescue Alert Sticker
    Affix these decals, free on the ASPCA website, to the windows of your home to alert rescue officials that a pet lives inside.
  • Arrange a Safe Haven
    Don’t leave your pet behind if you’re forced to evacuate. Find out if there are emergency animal shelters in your area. If not, take these steps to keep your pet safe.
  • Pre-Pack Emergency Supplies and Traveling Kits
    Prepare an Evac-Pack and pet supplies before emergency strikes, and make sure that everyone in the family knows where they are. The kit should be clearly labeled, easy to carry and should include items such as a pet first aid kit, recent photos of your animal companion and food and water bowls. Read a more complete list of items to include.
  • Choose A Designated Caregiver
    Take time to consider who you’d like to act as your pet’s temporary caregiver should you not make it home in time to retrieve your pet. Ask yourself these questions: is the person home often enough to care for your pet, do they have a key to your residence and have they spent time getting to know your animal companion?
  • Have an Evacuation Plan in Place
    Plan for the worst-case scenario. Store an emergency kit and leashes as close to an exit as possible, make sure all of your pets are wearing proper identification and consider your evacuation route ahead of time.
  • Know Your Region’s Weather Patterns
    If you live in an area that is prone to natural catastrophes, such as tornadoes, earthquakes or floods, know which rooms in your house can be used as safe havens, store up a supply of fresh water in advance and, in the event of an emergency, keep your pets with you, even crating them for safety and comfort.

Visit the Disaster Preparedness section of our website for a more complete list of emergency planning tips and to download the Ready Pets brochure on pet-friendly evacuation (pdf).

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August 30, 2009 Posted by | animals, Fostering and Rescue, Just One More Pet, Pets, responsible pet ownership | , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Leona Helmsley’s will to give $1 million to dog causes, down from $12m

The Queen of Mean will get to throw dogs a bone after all – but that’s about it.

The trustees for Leona Helmsley‘s estate said Tuesday they have started spreading her estimated $5 billion fortune by awarding $136 million in grants to charitable causes; a mere $1million is going to the dogs.

Helmsley, who died in 2007 at age 87, had ordered in a 2004 revision to the mission statement for the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust that its money go to “purposes related to the provision of care for dogs,” along with other charities.

A Manhattan judge ruled in February that the money was not limited to man’s best friend, allowing it to be spread among dozens of charities for sex abuse victims, Jewish day school students, the homeless and medical research.

“Throughout their lives, the Helmsleys were committed to helping others, through the innovations of medical research, responding to those in need during critical times, and in other areas,” the five trustees said in a statement.

“We now have the privilege of continuing their good works by providing support where it will make a difference.”

The biggest grant, $40 million, will add doctors, improve technology and finance an expansion of the Center for Digestive Diseases at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell.

Other recipients include a center for the bowel disease program at Mount Sinai Medical Center, a charity that provides food in southern Africa and Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration, which is getting $2 million.

Among the canine causes, Helmsley’s $1 million gift will be split among 10 charities, including some that train seeing-eye dogs and dogs for the deaf, and another that trains inmates to raise puppies to become bomb-sniffers.

The Queen of Mean left $12million in her will to her beloved white Maltese, Trouble, while freezing out two of her grandchildren “for reasons that are known to them.”

Last year, a judge awarded the disowned grandkids, Craig and Meegan Panzirer, $6 million, and sliced Trouble’s cut to $2 million. The remainder was to be put into the charitable trust.

The grandkids charged Helmsley was not mentally competent when she signed her will.

BY: JOSE MARTINEZjmartinez@edit.nydailynews.com
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

I say… Who is this judge to over rule someone’s will?  This money should all go to the charities and Leona’s designations, which means all to animals or the dogs if that was Leona’s wish!  Leona was a tough old bird and knew what she wanted!!!!  And if she wanted to disinherit her grandkids… so be it!  Why even a make will???? …Ask Marion/JOMP~

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