In addition to the many humans affected by an emergency or natural disaster, are the many pets left behind in the homes whose owners have been hospitalized or deceased. The tragic circumstances of the “dark days” of September have brought to light the fact there is a need to educate pet owners on how they can train their pets to cope with these disasters, thus making their rescue easier.
NYSAVE, The Veterinary Medical Association of NYC, and Paws Across America will be presenting a conference on “Emergency Disaster Relief For Your Pets” during the upcoming New York Pet Show which takes place on October 27th and 28th at Madison Square Garden. Bash Dibra, animal behaviorist, will teach people how to train their pets to cope with disasters. NYSAVE and The Veterinary Medical Association of NYC will provide information to pet owners on what steps to take to prepare themselves and their pets in the event of an emergency and how to deal with the after effect.
The conference is still in the planning stages, but it is the hope of NYSAVE, The Veterinary Medical Association of NYC, and Paws Across America that they can bring together all the many organizations such as humane groups shelters, pet loss bereavemnt counselors, and search and rescue teams to participate. The purpose of this conference is to educate pet owners and the public on how to deal with the post-traumatic effect of the disasters for the pets and their owners.