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Ms. Jackson's Story: Leaving a Pet Behind

Academic journal article Generations

Ms. Jackson's Story: Leaving a Pet Behind

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'I figured either the cat has made it or she hasn't.'

Ms. Jackson1 is director of a senior center in New Orleans. She and her husband fled Hurricane Katrina, traveling first to Memphis and then to her son's home outside of Baton Rouge. The couple returned to New Orleans on September 30, 200S, almost a month after the hurricane hit, and found that their home had sustained some roof damage from a falling tree, but no damage from the flood.

We had left our cat. She survived, but she was really angry with us. She was okay .. . she was glad to see us. But she's very old and hates to travel. I think she would have been miserable at my son's house; she would have run away. They have so many dogs and cats; the kids would have been in and out. She would have been in trouble.

One of the things we were hearing is that when you would call the SPCA, they would go into your house and rescue your pet, but they would leave the house open. But, see, I didn't want our house left open.

We came back on September 30. It was just eerie. I figured by that time either the cat has made it or she hasn't. Our cat was very, very old. I mean, we even brought a shovel and a black bag. We walked in and heard this "meow, meow." I just cried, I couldn't believe it! She was under our bed and of course the ceiling had fallen in the hallway upstairs. She had run out of food. There was some moisture, some water in the bathroom because we left the toilet seats up. …

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