To The Victims Of Hurricane Harvey That Left Their Pets Behind

To The Victims Of Hurricane Harvey That Left Their Pets Behind

The lives of our pets are not more important than our lives, but they still deserve a voice, and to not be left behind.

Dear Victims of Hurricane Harvey,

Let me start by saying how incredibly sorrowful I am for what you are all having to go through. I am praying for you every day, and I cannot even begin to imagine what you are going through. No one deserves a tragedy such as this, and I am truly sorry that y'all are having to go through something so terrible.

I know there has been a lot of negativity on social media about the victims of Harvey that left their pets behind. No one can truly judge you from the outside looking in since they have no right to judge, and they are also not experiencing the tragedy that you all are experiencing. I completely understand that some of you felt as if you would have less of a chance in finding shelter for you and your families if you have pets. I totally understand that you put your families, and especially children, before your pets.

However, with that being said, I do believe that even in tragedy, our pets are still our responsibility. They depend on us. Domesticated animals are not meant to be thrown into the "wild" and survive on their own. Sure, they do still have some of their instincts but that is not enough to rely on for their survival. When you get a pet, you are making a commitment. You are saying that you will be their provider and protector until they are no longer in your care.

I know in times of danger and tragedy it is hard to think about your pets. That is probably the last thing on your mind... but it shouldn't be. If you don't want the responsibility, then it is as simple as not getting a pet.

The images of animals tied to trees and structures, left to drown in the storm, made me incredibly sad. Being a college student I can't, but I seriously wanted to drive to Texas and save them all so those animals would never have to feel unwanted ever again. I can not even imagine what went through their heads as their own owners left them to die.

I have never experienced true tragedy in my life thankfully, but even in times like that I don't believe I could leave my pets behind and live with myself. They are family to me, my babies.

So please, even in the worst of times, give your pets some thought. Please don't leave them behind. If you don't feel as if you can take care of them, get them to an organization that can.

For those of you who are taking care of not only your animals, but also rescuing the ones left behind, you are true heroes. Thank you so much for taking up for the little guys that depend on us humans.

All in all, it is a terrible thing that has happened to Texas. I pray for you every day and I encourage anyone that can to help in any way that they can. Also, a little disclaimer, I am in no way saying that the lives of pets are more important than the lives of people. I just feel as if sometimes when tragedy strikes, people are the only ones that get thought of. Sometimes our animals get overlooked, and I believe that they deserve a voice.

Prayers sent and God Bless.

Cover Image Credit: U.S. Navy

Popular Right Now

Sunset Skies And Salty Skin

These pictures will almooooost make you feel like you're on vacation.

Everyone has a happy place right? Mine is by a beach. Always has been, always will.

I think the beach has something magical about it and it always has a way of making any big problem seem small. My family goes to the beach be it rainy, sunny, cold or hot- Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter. I think that's why it's my go-to place.

But Chloe, please tell us why you're going on and on about the beach.

Well, I just spent a week of my Spring Break at the beach and turns out it wasn't enough time. I'm extremely nostalgic right about now.

Can you tell?

Considering I'm going through a very hard time and not dealing well with spring break withdrawal, I thought I would try a little experiment.

I'm gonna use Odyssey as my therapy.


Below is a compilation of pretty Sunset pictures that I've taken in the past. I'm hoping that by just viewing the image, it'll help me (and hopefully you as well) make it through the next couple of weeks (i.e. until Summer).

Now, excuse me while I play background music that sounds like I'm in the Caribbean and continue to stare at these pictures until I magically get transported back to a beach somewhere.

Palma de Mallorca, Spain: I would say the view isn't that shabby...

Cahors, France: Can you say Cotton candy skies?

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina: My all time happy place.

Somewhere along the Camino de Santiago in Spain. But here's the catch: this is actually a sunrise picture — I just thought it was pretty.

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina: Did I tell you guys that this is my happy place? No? Because it is.

Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.: Not minding these views at all.

Somewhere along the coast in Maryland: One of the top sunsets I've ever seen, the pictures don't do it justice.

Well, turns out the pictures weren't the 100% reality but they were close enough. I guess I'll just have to content myself with 1) staycation 2) Charlottesville sunsets. Which 1) can be a lot of fun, time to explore Charlottesville as much as I can until I graduate and 2) the sunsets here are also out of this world.

I guess it's time to stop thinking the grass is greener on the other side and appreciating what I have in front of me!

But hey, I'm human and I like tropical drinks on sandy beaches. Can ya blame me?

Cover Image Credit: Chloe Laird

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

I've Held My Tongue Long Enough, It's Time To Address The Problem That Is Air Conditioning In The South

What’s the point of owning a fridge when your dorm room is a balmy 58 degrees?

I am always cold. Not just chilly, but actually freezing cold. You’d think that as a Wisconsinite I’d be able to handle a little bit of chilliness in Alabama, but sadly the south is even colder than Wisconsin. Ok— hear me out.

In Wisconsin, everyone dresses seasonally appropriate for the winter. No one thinks twice about wearing a parka when it’s 35 degrees or below (usually below). In Alabama, no one owns a coat, much less a parka. You can’t prepare for the cold in Alabama because it’s 85 degrees one week and 45 the next and trust me, 45 degrees is cold when you were lying out by the pool two days earlier.

Anyways, it’s not the weather I want to address with y’all... it’s your ridiculous air conditioning.

I've held my tongue for the past four years, but seriously, why is the air conditioning always the temperature of a refrigerator? What’s the point of owning a fridge when your dorm room is a balmy 58 degrees?

But really, let’s all just agree to keep the air conditioning at 70 or above. It doesn’t matter if it’s scorching outside, 70 is still a good air conditioning temperature.

If it’s 38 degrees outside, it’s ok to use heat. Turning the air on 72 won’t fix anything. Spoiler alert, putting your air on 72 when it’s 38 degrees will only make your house colder. Turn your heat on 72.

I’m sorry for the rant, but this is something that just needed to be said. I don’t think we should have to bring our winter coats to class when it’s hot outside just because the air conditioning is giving us hypothermia. Let’s just agree to set the air at a reasonable temperature.



Every Cold Natured Person Living In The South

Cover Image Credit: Madison Linnihan

Related Content

Facebook Comments