One of the worst nightmares for pet owners is to be separated from their furry or feathered friend with no way to get to them. People who own pets are the most likely to resist evacuating or go around evacuated areas in order to get to their pets, even if it puts their own life in danger. The bound between some owners and their pet is equal to that of a parent and child. Those who are effected by the flooding in Colorado are no different. On September 19, 2013 Komo News aired some of the animal rescues coming from the flooded area.
Rescuers in the Colorado flood area have been seen using zip to rescue people and their pets as well. It is heart warming to see that they do realize that for some, the pets are their family members and leaving one behind is not an option for them. Skye Robinson, a spokesman for the National Guard air search and rescue operations, said "No pets left behind," and the rescue crews there are working hard to make that happen.
At this time, over 800 pets have been rescued with their owners by way of helicopter and hundreds more have been rescued by ground crews in the flood areas. The Red Cross shelters have water bowls, dog kennels and all of the supplies needed in order to help the rescued animals and their stressed owners. Kathy Conner, a worker at a shelter at a YMCA in Boulder, said "We kind of learned after Katrina, when people wouldn't evacuate because of their pets." She couldn’t be more correct.
Jerry Grove and Dorothy Scott-Grove said that they would have refused to leave with out their two dogs. Lucky for them, that was not a choice that they were forced to make. Firefighters showed up and carried the two dogs to safety, including taking them across a zip line. "They put them in a harness and one of the firefighters hooked himself to them and brought them across," Dorothy Scott-Grove said. "We will not be separated." This couple is like many others who would not leave their pets behind.