Oh yeah.. I agree rattus. That's apparently why so many didn't leave, because they (rescuers,etc) wouldn't take the pets too. There's no way I would leave without my babies either.
I know it sounds stupid, especially when my life is at stake...but I think about disasters and what I would/wouldn't do in regards to them. Especially since the tsunami and the hurricanes, etc.. all the tragedies happening lately...it's hard NOT to think about what I'd do.
I can't seem to "agree" with fleeing without them. I dunno...I mean, if there's a wall of water coming at me, I'm sure my attitude wouldn't be so cavalier.
Or I would be.. cuz I do know right now...that I WOULD jump in front of a vehicle to save any/all of my babies. Call me a whack job..I don't care. What would be different about a tsunami coming?
In regards to the New Orleans, etal residents that stayed in their homes after the storm passed..the ones who denied being rescued unless the pets came as well.. that's without a doubt for me.