the program that comes into the schools weekday mornings. I asked my 7th graders, 'Why should expensive rescue craft be diverted to pets?' Their answer, based mainly on what we saw, was that the surviving humans, especially the injured, are 'healed' emotinally as well as physically.
-- On the flooded streets of New Orleans you can hear the dogs barking for miles. They are trapped -- in houses, on roofs, tied to porches. They are frightened and hungry.
For the pets left behind after Hurricane Katrina, relief is on the way, but it's a race against time.
"It's a dire situation," said Melissa Seide Rubin of the Humane Society of the United States.
Rescue workers are worried most about pets locked inside homes and whose food and water supply may have run out. For them, rescue is their only chance of survival.