Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act [PETS] Law and Legal Definition

Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act or PETS was a bi-partisan initiative in the United States House of Representatives to require states seeking Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance to accommodate pets and service animals in their plans for evacuating residents facing disasters. The Act was introduced by Congressmen Tom Lantos and Christopher Shays and was signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 6 2006. The bill was initiated in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina when the abandonment of many thousands of pets and other animals brought the matter of animal welfare to national attention. This act technically amends the provisions of the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act of 1988.