44% of the people who chose not to evacuate during Katrina stayed behind because they did not want to leave their pets.
Number of animals died due to Katrina is unknown
Of the estimated 15,000 animals rescued, only 15% to 20% were reunited with their owners.
The industry average reunion rate is 10%.
3% to 5% of all pets in US are microchipped.
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