Thursday, January 05, 2006

True Survivors Of Hurricane Katrina

The plight of abandoned pets in the wake of hurricane Katrina was well documented. Dogs rescued by the National Guard were featured on the major news networks. There were stories of people remaining behind because their pets were not allowed on evacuation buses. For sure, Katrina was a dangerous time for many animals in the affected areas.

It may surprise you, as it surprised me, just how resilient life can be. It seems that the Gulf Coast is experiencing a puppy boom. Abandoned areas where infrastructure suchs as fences has been demolished are providing ideal puppy breeding grounds.

Of course, such a boom can be problematic. Officials are, as always, advising people to have their pets spayed or neutered. But it struck me just how quickly nature can recover from a "natural disaster".