“If you’ve never lost anything, you don’t know what it’s like.”
A couple of weeks ago we noticed a new Doc pop up in our NetFlix called Mine directed by Geralyn Pezanoski, which we decided to watch one evening. What followed for both of us was a boat load of tears and an exhausting emotional ride over what the people in the documentary experienced.
Mine is a documentary about what happened to all the pets in New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. It’s a highly personal, heart wrenching doc that follows several different people looking to find their lost and beloved pets, and just how difficult this proves to be.
It’s clear that people mean to do good with the rescue of animals in this particular situation. However, what happens after the initial rescue and the disbursement of animals is another thing. What I found the most frustrating when watching, were some of the sweeping judgement calls made upon the people of New Orleans. That they weren’t “good” owners and didn’t care about their pets, and therefore shouldn’t get them back. Which you quickly realize from the stories of those in NOLA searching for their animals, is a very unfair statement.
I honestly don’t know what I would or could do if I was in a mandatory evacuation zone, forced to leave and unable to bring my cat. It would be absolutely heartbreaking.
I lived through a flood several years ago, the whole town flooded and our house was 8 feet under water. It was a horrible experience and I remember feeling numb and hollow. At the time though I didn’t have any pets where we lived, so it was never an issue. But to survive a disaster the scale of Hurricane Katrina – to lose your home, your possessions, and then a family member as well?
What if that family member was still out there somewhere. Wouldn’t you want them back? Wouldn’t you fight to get them back?
And that’s exactly what the people in this doc do.
I find myself reflecting on this film even more so now in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and how things hopefully have changed for the better in regards to pet evacuation in disasters. In place now after Hurricane Katrina is PETS – the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006.
I urge you to check out Mine if you haven’t already.
And, AFTER you watch it, go and read this story. You’ll be really glad that you did. Trust me. (And spoilers if you skip ahead and read it before watching!)
Social media pages are springing up as well to help with reuniting Hurricane Sandy lost and found pets with their families. Below are some links to these pages in addition to sites for donations specifically in regards to animal welfare.
For Information on Hurricane Sandy Lost & Found Pets:
For Donations to Hurricane Sandy Animal Rescue Efforts: