I'd be interested to hear people's opinions on this. About a month ago, an article was printed in People Magazine. Some people evacuated from Mississippi took their pets with them. Others just left them. The ones that were left were either reunited with their owners or placed up for adoption. I can't find the original article but here's a link to a similar story from CBS News: Lost Katrina Pets: Whose Are They Now?, Some Survivors Sue To Get Pets Back After Animals Were Put In New Homes - CBS News The article said that two families adopted dogs that were left behind. Now the owners came forward and want the dogs back. The current owners say they won't give the dogs back because the original owners abandoned them. I don't know where I stand on this. I'm sure the owners would have brought the animals with them if they could. But as far as the animal rescue people were concerned, the animals were abandoned. And abandoned animals should be adopted out to families.