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Date:9/5/2008

ets for a disaster.

Other key findings include:

Kids change everything

-- People with children were 62 percent more likely to leave their pet and evacuate than those without children.

-- 60 percent of people with children would evacuate if they had to leave their pet behind, compared to just 37 percent of people without children.

Humans come first

-- Most respondents agreed that rescuing pets was a secondary objective, after rescuing people.

o 45 percent said animals should be rescued only after all humans have been brought to safety.

o 34 percent said animals could be rescued along with humans "if time and space permits."

o 16 percent said animals and humans should be considered equals and pets should be "rescued at all costs."

Loyalty of dogs is rewarded

-- 55 percent of dog owners would refuse evacuation efforts, compared to 43 percent of cat owners.

-- Dog owners were 41 percent more likely than cat owners to say that pets should be rescued at all costs when rescuers encounter them.

"These findings really demonstrate the incredible power of the human-animal bond and make it clear that people believe animals should be considered in rescue efforts," said Wheatley. "Now, we need to continue using this information to construct safe, fair and feasible plans for rescue situations."

What should be in your pet evacuation plan?

Pet owners need to be prepared in case rescuers can't get to their pets. There are a few quick and easy steps to take to help you and your pet quickly, and safely, evacuate from a disaster zone.

1. Have a plan - make sure your family knows who is in charge of getting the pets from the house or doggie day care in the event of an emergency. Know where you will try and get to and where you will meet if cell phone coverage is poor.

2. Keep your pets' vaccinations up-to-date -- discuss with your vet your pet's vaccination schedule. If
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