Michelle Sternberg

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina taught a lot of folks about emergency preparedness and procedures.  And the next year, it changed the landscape of animal welfare in this country when it comes to emergency response to people and pets.

Now rescue agencies are required by law to rescue companion animals along with people, thanks to the passage of the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act.

©Lisa Johnson

Adopting an animal - with the lifetime commitment that entails - can be a little intimidating.

But what if you could just try it out for a few weeks?