Bill Would Require Federal Guidance to Address the Needs of Animals in Natural Disasters and Other Emergencies

H.R. 7789, the “Planning for Animal Wellness (PAW) Act,” would require the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to establish a working group to address best practices and federal guidance for “sheltering and evacuation planning relating to the needs of household pets, service and assistance animals, and captive animals, as appropriate, in emergency and disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.” The bill, which was introduced by Representatives Dina Titus and Peter DeFazio, has been referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and has been cross-filed as S. B. 4205 in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Gary Peters and Rob Portman.