is Considering a Bill Requiring Emergency Evacuation
Plans That Include Pets
sure that many of you have seen those sad scenes of
people trying to leave New Orleans during Hurricane
Katrina and being told to leave their beloved pets
behind. It is not known how many people refused to
evacuate so as not to leave pets behind, but it
clearly did happen many times. Congress is now
considering a bill, HR 3858, The Pets Evacuation
and Transportation Standards Act (PETS Act) to require
local evacuation planning that INCLUDES pets. The bill
is sponsored by Reps Lantos (D-CA), Shays (R-CT),
Frank (D-MA), Young (R-AK), and Oberstar (D-MN). We
would like to lend our support to this bill and
encourage all of you to support the bill as well.
Please contact your representatives and ask other pet
owners to do so as well. You may find your
representative and their mailing and email addresses
link .Or you may fill out the online petition
below and we will forward the names to the bill
Here for Details of the Bill
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Tara Kain, Editor, DogFriendly.com
7: Doggone Fun at St. Augustine in Florida, a
visit to the Kennedy Space Center and New
and Toby at the Fountain of Youth in St.
Ride in New Orleans, Louisiana
having visited St. Augustine before, I was curious
to find out just how much we could do there with
our dog Toby. We wanted to see much of what
tourists without dogs see. That is exactly what we
were able to do in St. Augustine.
This unique city, also known as America's
Oldest City, is more than 400 years old. It was founded in 1565 and is the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the continental United States. The city of St. Augustine was founded 55 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock and 42 years before the English colonized Jamestown. Ponce de Leon is credited with the discovery of Florida back in 1513. The narrow streets and balconied houses reflect the city's Spanish origins.
The photo shown above is one of the historic
buildings that we saw on our dog-friendly carriage
Today in St. Augustine, there are many restaurants and stores located throughout the historic district. Dogs are welcome to walk with you along the streets and are welcome at some of the outdoor restaurants.
Pets are also welcome at many of the town's
here to continue Part 7 of this dog-friendly
trip article (includes St. Augustine,
Kennedy Space Center and New Orleans)
On August 25, 2004, my family and I
set out on a trip across America. My dog Toby, a black
standard poodle, came with us on our adventure.
Click here to read Part 1: California to
Salt Lake City, UT
Click here to read Part 2:
On the Road to Jackson Hole, WY
Click here to read Part 3: Grand Tetons
and Yellowstone in Wyoming & Mt.
Click here to read Part 4: Rapid City/Mt.
Rushmore, Living History Farms, and
Click here to read Part 5: Dog-Friendly
Hocking Hills, Gettysburg, Washington D.C., and
New York City.
Click here to read Part 6: The Dog-Friendly
Side of Harpers Ferry, Williamsburg, Savannah
and Jekyll Island..
Trip Fast Facts:
Miles Traveled: Over 11,000
States Visited: 28
Days on Road: 79 (2.5 months)
Nights Away from Home: 78
Nights at Hotels & Motels: 55
Nights with Family/Friends: 23
Dates Traveled: Aug 25 - Nov 11
Major Interstates Traveled
(with detours to smaller roads!):
From Cal. to NY: I-80 & I-90
From NY to Florida: I-95
From Florida to Cal.: I-10
Click here to continue
reading Part 7
Camping and RV Parks
Do you travel with your dog in an RV or would you like to
camp with your dog? Or maybe stay in a camping cabin with your pup?
See our new RV and Camping section on DogFriendly.com. These RV and Camping guides, like all
of our other guides, give you the real scoop on camping
with your dog - Other sources simply say "Pets Allowed"
or "No Pets Allowed" - We address those issues that matter
to people who travel with dogs, such as -
- How many dogs are allowed to camp with you
- Are dogs allowed in the camping cabins (hundreds of
campgrounds do allow dogs in the cabins)
- Can dogs camp in tents or only in RVs
- Is there a dog walk area
- Are there any of the unfortunate "Breed Restrictions"
banning certain breeds and mixed breeds - and not just Pit Bulls.
- Other restrictions that may apply
See our new Camping Guide at this link or look for
the guide on our homepage.
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