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SELECTED 2013-2017

Does the PETS Act Prevent a Hotel From Refusing Animals in a Storm?

The post goes like this:

“IMPORTANT!!!! FLORIDA RESIDENTS!

If you are evacuating to a hotel/motel and they say they DON’T accept pets, don’t get ugly…simply tell them that its against the law & FEMA established that after Hurricane Katrina!

The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act (PETS) was a bi-partisan initiative in the United States House of Representatives to require states seeking Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance to accommodate pets and service animals in their plans for evacuating residents facing disasters.

The more you know the better!! Stay safe everyone!!!!”

It is NOT TRUE.

It is true that as a result of Katrina, in the fall of 2006, Congress passed H.R. 3858, the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006 (PETS Act). President Bush signed the PETS Act into law.

However, this is another BAD piece of legal advice circulating on Facebook. While you can demand that your pets be sheltered in a private hotel and even plead ignorance about the law in a hope to get a hotel employee to give you a break, the fact is this post isn’t true. The PETS federal legislation governs FEMA funds and does provide protection to pets, but not like that. Private businesses aren’t required to accept your animals.

The purpose is to ensure that State and local emergency preparedness operational plans address the needs of individuals with household pets and service animals following a major disaster or emergency. Not private businesses. It authorizes FEMA to provide rescue, care, shelter, and essential needs for individuals with household pets and service animals, and to the household pets and animals themselves following a major disaster or emergency.

This explains it quite well:

http://www.nationalmasscarestrategy.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/dap-9523-19-eligible_costs_related_to_pet_evacuations_and_sheltering.pdf


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