Great news ["New pet sheltering plans for disasters," News, May 19]. Nassau County is creating a program that allows residents to be housed at emergency facilities at Nassau Community College with access to their pets at the same site.

It's about time that someone realized that separating pets from their owners during disasters such as hurricanes is just plain wrong. A pet is a family member. To separate family for prolonged periods is a tremendous hardship.

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Some people never even find their pets again. For some, that's like losing a child. I'm so glad that a better way is being thought out in advance.

Julie L. Newman, West Babylon