This is a NON blame post, more like a "Dang, I messed that up hardcore post.
I had Home Owners Insurance, fire boxes for the important papers and carriers for the two cats, at the time (NO, sorry No dogs).
I had an escape plan, a meet up plan ans had resourced places to shelter/house both humans and pets, or so I thought,
What I DID NOT think about, was the event something happened, (House fire from a 2nd hand freezer) shorting out, burning the house and having two cats there, while I was at work and my spouse at the time being out of town.
The first cat was rescued by some nice neighbors, the second I had to locate, which i did. trying to confirm that , Yes pets could be co located in a motel , where I had previously, had checked before, revealed a big NO.
No, at that tome, I did not think to look elsewhere, offering to pay the folks who had rescued the first cat, to , for a 2 to 3 day period, take care of both cats. Thank you for having neighbors,as I had made friends with their dogs, Boomer and Luna.
I did mange , through insurance as a home owner at the time, to get the cats settled in a semi permanent place with then my wife and recover, along with the Fire boxes of important contacts and documents, with Insurance, we survived , although there were failures.
Hopefully you will all learn from my mistakes, avoiding the same stuff.