Custody battles over pets lost during Katrina

During Katrina, many pet owners were forced to leave their beloved pets behind.  Despite many people’s furious attempts to stay with their animals, they were forcibly made to leave without them.  The animals that were rescued were taken to shelters, where after 5 days, they were either put up for adoption or euthanized.  

At first, it seems wonderful that so many of these pets were able to find new homes.  And for many of them, it is. For many, their previous owners never came back- either they couldn’t, or they wouldn’t.  But what about those animals whose previous owners did come back?  Whose previous owners were wracked with guilty and sick from worry?  What happens when the animal’s previous owners find them?  Is it a joyous reunion, or a tear-stained custody battle?  What of these new owners who have taken this animal into their family and love him/her just as much as the other family loved him/her?  Now the pet’s previous owners want their pets back, but the new owners love these animals too.  

I cannot imagine how heart-wrenching the entire situation must be.  I cannot picture my animals as anyone’s but mine.  How do the courts solve a situation such as this?  Pets are family, they are love, they are our whole world. And yet, to the law, they are property.

“MINE is the powerful story about the essential bond between humans and animals told against the backdrop of one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history.”  The filmmaker notes:”What’s really interesting is how important pets are to people and how far people will go.”  How far would you go?

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**Mine opens in theaters nationwide in January**

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