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LETTER TO THE EDITORS -- COMMENTS FROM HSUS

FDA Veterinarian Newsletter March/April 2000 Volume XV, No II

In response to the article entitled "Protecting Pets in a Disaster" that appeared in the January/February 2000 FDA Veterinarian, the editors received a letter from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). In the letter HSUS states that "...under no circumstances should pets be left behind; the only way to protect pets is to evacuate them with their owners... Leaving pets behind could result in their loss or injury."

The editors appreciate receiving these comments from HSUS. The HSUS, in cooperation with the American Red Cross, has prepared a booklet on this subject. To receive a copy, please call the HSUS at 202-452-1100, and ask for "Pets and Disasters: Get Prepared."