Greg Cook and his dog, Coco, became Internet sensations when the
pictures of their emotional reunion following this month’s Category 5 tornado
spread like wildfire across Facebook and Twitter. Greg wasn’t home when the
twister hit in Limestone County, Alabama, and as he made his way through his neighborhood,
which the storm had destroyed, he feared he would never see Coco again. When
Greg spotted his leveled home among the wreckage, the chances that Coco had
survived looked even bleaker.

A Miracle

Greg
crawled through a window of what used to be his home and was wading through the
piles of debris when he spotted Coco—soaking wet, shaking, and terrified but
alive. Greg’s emotion at that moment is evident as he tells his story in a
video that he shot for PETA to urge guardians to make sure that their animals
will be protected in case of a disaster.

 

Don’t Leave It to Chance

Greg
and Coco were fortunate—but many other animals and their guardians have not
escaped disasters unscathed. Greg encourages all animal guardians to prepare for natural disasters in advance. Here are some
top tips:

  • Make
    sure that animals are wearing a collar or harness with current ID tags.
  • Get
    animals microchipped and keep your information current with the microchip
    company.
  • Keep
    current photos of animals in your wallet or purse to help rescue teams identify
    them.
  • Keep
    current medical records—along with phone numbers for the animals’ veterinarian
    and local boarding facilities—in an easily accessible place.
  • Make
    an emergency evacuation kit that contains leashes, medicine, water, food,
    litter, and phone numbers of hotels that welcome animals.
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Article source: PETA Files

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