It has been a tough week here on the East Coast. Hurricane Sandy hit us hard and it’s going to be a while before we get back to normal. And I say this as someone that had no flooding and didn’t lose power. Many others in New York and New Jersey have lost their houses and their vehicles and my heart goes out to them. But I have no doubt we will be back as strong as ever. New Jersey and New York will represent soon enough!

As the creator of the Dog Files, I always have my eye on the animal angle of a news story and Hurricane Sandy is no different. After seeing how much people are doing to save and protect our animals, I feel optimistic and hopeful.

The days of telling evacuees to leave their pets behind is no more and I haven’t heard a single person on TV doubting whether or not we should be rescuing our animals and pets.

And that’s really how it should be. Animals are an integral part of our families and they deserve to be protected. After all, as anyone involved in Rescue knows, Animal Welfare IS Human Welfare.

Let’s never forget that.

Stay safe,
Kenn, Max & Remy

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Kaitlyn Miller and her “rescue” boxer, Coulton, took refuge in the pet friendly evacuation shelter at Pine Belt Arena in Toms River, N.J.

Owners and their pets prepare to evacuate for Hurricane Sandy.

A man and his dog are evacuated on Tuesday from Little Ferry, N.J.

A fireman carries a resident’s dog to safety from flood waters in Little Ferry, New Jersey, October 30, 2012.

Sarah Korman & Michael Cunba, who had to evacuate their home in Long Beach, N.Y., brought their dogs to a pet shelter.

A man walks with his dog to a National Guard vehicle after leaving his flooded home in Moonachie, N.J., on Tuesday.

Ray Cilli and his dog Woubie are rescued from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry, New Jersey.

Residents of Little Ferry, N.J., evacuate on Tuesday with their dog.

Rescuers in New York City rescue animals as well as humans.

Firefighter rescues dog from sewer.

Shaggy the dog is handed to National Guard personnel after the dog and his owner left a flooded building in Hoboken, N.J.

Amber Berthe and her dog Tara took refuge in the Red Cross/County Animal Rescue Team shelter in Toms River, N.J.

Gene Caruso trudges through sand-clogged streets to the evacuation bus site with his dogs Katy and Tasha and two cats.