In the lead up to Hurricane Florence’s arrival, we have been both heartened and horrified by some of the decisions and actions taken in relation to pets who would also be caught up in the approaching storm.
One of the hardest things for families to do is to leave their pets behind. Those who would risk their own lives to protect and take their pets with them show exactly what these animals mean to them — our pets are parts of our family as well! It is hard enough worrying about the safety and well-being of all the members of your family during such a crisis. Why do certain corporations seem to want to make things even harder?
During Hurricane Harvey last year, many people left their homes with their pets in tow, booking into hotels where possible, or finding pet-friendly shelter wherever they could get it. InterContinental Hotels was heavily criticized at the time for forcing families to leave their pets in their cars overnight during the storms, refusing to let them into their hotel rooms. After a petition by Care2, the hotel chain agreed to instruct all hotels in affected areas to allow pets to stay free of charge during disaster evacuations.
Imagine the terror these dogs must face. They are taken from their homes, the weather is beating down all around them, and then they are forced to spend the night in the car. Rain and wind is lashing against the windows, and their owners are nowhere in sight. There is no real place in a car for them to hide when they get scared, and the confined space will only make the noise of the storm louder and scarier for them.
This year, it is the turn of Hyatt Hotels to be asked to show some kindness, common sense, and compassion. Hyatt is a large, successful corporation that could bring so much relief to its potential customers, and ensure return customers as well. At the moment, Hyatt is assessing disaster-evacuating families on a case-by-case basis to determine whether or not their dogs are allowed into hotels. These pets and the people trying to care for them did not ask for the hurricane to come. What is wrong with us pulling together as a community to help out those who are desperately trying to help themselves, instead of trying to profit from it?
Care2’s petition is calling for Hyatt Hotels to introduce a short-term corporate policy that would see pets allowed to stay in hotel rooms and their fees waived. It is not right for any corporation to profit from a disaster like some of these hotel chains appear to be doing. Please sign the petition so we can reach out to Hyatt Hotels and make them see sense!
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