Pets can be a vital anchor for people caught in the slow-motion disaster of homelessness. In Spokane and Seattle, Washington State University nursing and veterinary medicine students work together with the University of Washington and nonprofit partners to deliver vital care to both homeless people and their animal companions. » More ...
A scrawled note was stuck to the door of the clinic. “All animals left here have died,” it said. “We have buried them for you. I have no way of expressing my grief.” The note was signed by the vet whose clinic was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
That note is a sad reminder that being prepared for a disaster is key to surviving storms, fires, floods, earthquakes, and whatever else might come crashing down upon us—and our animals.
That’s why Cynthia Faux says, “If I have 15 minutes to evacuate in front of a fast-moving fire, I don’t want to spend 10 of those looking … » More …
"Grief is the price of loving," said Leo Bustad, former dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. As human relationships with their pets have become more enduring and complex, so has grieving over the loss of a pet. Watch a video about that relationship and WSU's Pet Loss Hotline.
In 1974 between 15 and 18 million dogs and cats were killed in animal control
centers. To address what he perceived as “wide-spread irresponsible animal
ownership,” Leo Bustad ’49 DVM created the People-Pet Partnership and
promoted research into the human-animal bond. Although it is impossible to
assess the total impact of his work, the number of animals killed today is down
to four million. And the pet-people bond manifests itself in ways beyond his