Support the PAW Act to Protect Animals During Natural Disasters

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S. 4205—Planning for Animal Wellness (PAW) Act
ASPCA Position: Support
Sponsors: Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH); Representatives Dina Titus (D-NV) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR)

Update—September 14, 2022: GREAT NEWS—the Planning for Animal Wellness (PAW) Act, which passed by unanimous consent in the Senate last month, has also passed in the House of Representatives! We are grateful to Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), as well as Representatives Dina Titus (D-NV) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR), for leading the charge on this important legislation. 

The Planning for Animal Wellness (PAW) Act will help keep families with pets safe when natural disaster strikes. This critical bill will require government agencies and outside experts to include pets in disaster planning, including preparedness, response, and recovery efforts.

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Every year, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters force families to flee their homes. A 2021 ASPCA survey revealed that 83% of current pet owners reported living in a community that faces natural disasters. Lack of emergency resources for those with companion animals leave people with an impossible decision: evacuate without their beloved pets or risk sheltering in place to stay together.

The PAW Act will foster collaboration among state and local governments, academia and non-profits to establish best practices for addressing the needs of household pets, service and assistance animals, and captive animals before, during and after natural disasters.

What You Can Do

Please use the form below to email your U.S. representative and senators, thanking them for advancing the PAW Act. Thank you for using your voice to keep people and pets safe!