Mine: a Documentary on Katrina’s Lesson about Animals

For animals, the best thing to come out of Hurricane Katrina was the federal Pets Evacuation and Transportation (PETS) Act. 

Signed into law on October 6, 2006, PETS requires local and state jurisdictions to take into account domestic pets and service animals when formulating and implementing disaster plans.  It also gives FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) the power to deny FEMA funds to municipalities and states that do not form or implement such plans.

Before Katrina, the accepted policy in the United States was that a human life trumps the life of an animal.  Period.  The good news is that attitudes are changing.  Today, many people consider pets to be family members; I know I do!

During Katrina numerous people had to be forcibly removed from their homes because they would not abandon their pets. The pets were then left to fend for themselves against a ferocious force of nature.  Some survived — some didn’t.  A huge number of Americans descended on the New Orleans area to help rescue the pets that did make it through.

Mine, a documentary by filmmakers Geralyn Pezanoski and Erin Essenmacher explores the journey of five Katrina dogs and their humans who searched for them in the midst of trying to pick up the pieces of lives mangled by catastrophe.  The film won awards including the 2009 South by Southwest Film Festival and Independent Lens Audience Award for 2009-2010.

Touched by the length to which these pet parents would go to reunite with their “children”, Pezanoski decided to offer Mine to community groups for showings.  Shelters, rescue groups, libraries or any organizations that would like spread Mine‘s message are welcome to schedule a showing in their local venue.  Email: outreach@minethemovie.com

Mine‘s impact will educate and change attitudes about the place pets hold in our society and ultimately change laws, giving rights to animals.

It is powerful, poignant and a must-see for anyone concerned about their own furry family members. It is also a great movie to watch as a family and will teach children about the place animals hold in our hearts and our obligation to them.

If you were faced with a Katrina situation, what would you do?  Truthfully, we like to think we would act in a certain way but until we actually come face to face with that type of emergency no one really knows for sure the decisions we would make.

Flickr: Daniel Lobo


Carol Cowbrough
Carol C7 years ago

Without a doubt!

Dianne D.
Dianne D7 years ago

I wouldn't abandon my cats. I have their carriers all set up for evaluation and have all their medical documents, food and medicine handy in case I need to leave quickly. I need to put together a medical kit for them. Actually my cats are better prepared for an emergency than my personal self is.

Gita Sasi Dharan
Gita Sasi Dharan7 years ago

Ready to sacrifice my life to save my pets, for that matter any animal in danger.There will not be any second thoughts.

Anja N.
Justin R7 years ago

I am grateful that animals are thought of too.

Anja N.
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Anja N.
Justin R7 years ago

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Kelly Davis-steel
Kelly D7 years ago

As everyone else is saying i would also never abadon my pets! x

Pat Tyler
Pat Tyler7 years ago

All living beings are precious.

Wendy F.
Jane Parker7 years ago

I could never abandon my dog. Never. It would break my heart.

nancy sands
Nancy sands7 years ago

I need a box of Kleenex and I didn't even see the whole movie!