In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Congress passed the 2006 Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act. The bill ensures that FEMA has an evacuation plan in place for national disasters that includes pets.
Unfortunately, for Matt Varga and his dog Meeka, the PETS Act does not change regulations around air travel. Varga could not find the proper pet carrier to board the flight out of Miami even though he went looking at 10 different stores. Varga told a CNN reporter that he and Meeka would return to Kendall and ride out Hurricane Irma together.
Doesn't the airlines have anything for this man poor customer service. My prayers go with you and puppy.— Sally-NYS Ins. Agent (@INSURANCEBABE) September 8, 2017
A box would do with a hole for his head. It's just not that serious— Susan Simpson (@dreamyiis) September 8, 2017
Please, desperate times call for desperate measures. Show some heart.— carolyn clark (@clark_carolyn) September 8, 2017
Southwest just flew an entire plane of animals in the passenger cabin from Houston. Surely someone can help him— Michelle Albright (@mlalbright) September 8, 2017
Now is not the time to abide by rules. Just get the people and their pets out of there!— Beverly Ummarino (@UmmarinoBeverly) September 8, 2017
I hope this man and his dog make it through the storm okay. A great example of a caring pet owner who will not abandon his dog.— Carol Sanger (@carolsanger) September 8, 2017