This Is Why Hundreds More Animals Were Saved After Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria Than Hurricane Katrina

The American Pet Products Association estimates that Americans own 78 million dogs and 85.8 million cats. Clearly, Americans love animals. But what happens to our beloved pets when a natural disaster strikes?

We’ve seen the worst that can happen with Hurricane Katrina; many pet owners had to leave their cats and dogs behind. Thankfully, the way we help pets throughout natural disasters has changed since then. Find out how, ahead.

Who rescues pets?

Rescuers have learned a lot from previous disasters. | Staff Sgt. Jordan Castelan/U.S. Air Force via Getty Images

It’s up to rescue workers, pet rescue teams, and animal control departments to save animals from natural disasters. Most recently, the Palm Beach Animal Care and Control Department rescued 40 animals in the days leading up to Irma making landfall, according to USA Today. These evacuation and rescue efforts wouldn’t have been possible without experiences from Hurricane Katrina.

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