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Since Katrina, better response helps reconnect pets, people

General August 20, 2015

This Sept. 9, 2005 photo provided by Best Friends Animal Society shows a volunteer, center with Best Friends Animal Society rescue team members Ethan Gurney, left, and Jeff Popowich, right, retrieving dogs from the floods of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Since the storm struck on Aug. 29, 2005, laws have changed how animal welfare groups and emergency responders approach pet rescues. They also have received training to better catalog rescued animals. (Troy Snow/Best Friends Animal Society via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Outside the nearly 2,000 human fatalities from Hurricane Katrina, the disaster displaced or killed hundreds of thousands of dogs, cats and other animals at a time when rescues focused on people and pets were left behind.


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