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Pawprints of Katrina: Pets Saved and Lessons Learned Hardcover - 2008 - 1st Edition

by Cathy Scott; Foreword by Ali Macgraw; Filmed by Clay Myers

"Pawprints of Katrina" includes nearly 200 heroic rescues, heartwarming reunions, and stories of selfless efforts of strangers brought together by a disaster in an effort to save animals at the Best Friends Animal Society.

From the jacket flap

After Hurricane Katrina hit, animal rescuers found this handwritten note taped to an apartment door in a building from which residents had been forced to evacuate without their pets:

"Our names are Fifi and Cici. We are both cats, one boy, one girl."

"Please take us to a shelter. Our doctors are located at the Cat Practice."

"If you find us, we are in the restroom. We have enough food to last us 5 days."

"Please contact our parents, Daryl and Tasha, who love and adore us very much, at [and the phone numbers were given]."

"Please, we need your help!"

Volunteer rescuers found the note and the cats a week later. Even though it was 11:00 at night, they called the number. Through her sobs, a grateful Tasha said, "It's my birthday. It couldn't be a more perfect gift."

As this book details, most people did everything they could to give their beloved pets a chance to survive in the chaos after Katrina. Thanks to the efforts of organizations and volunteers from all over the country, it's estimated that approximately 15,000 animals were rescued.

The staff and volunteers at the animal refuge facilities set up by Best Friends Animal Societyhelped to rescue between 5,000 and 7,000 terrified, abandoned animals and reunited some 1,500 pets with their people, most of whom had lost everything. This book details the rescues, the nonstop care given at the shelters, the reunions, the adoptions, the triumphs, and the tragedies. It celebrates the powerful bonds between pets and their people and those that develop between strangers who despite all kinds of obstacles, share an unwavering commitment to a common cause.

In addition to Fifi and Cici, you'll read about:

Himie, a Rottweiler found with a plastic bottle attached to his collar holding a note and his eye medicine; Himie was reunited with his owner

Tenderfoot, a Black Labrador puppy whose foot pads were burned off by the toxic sludge; he was treated for weeks and adopted

Bubba, a longhaired gray cat whose displaced owner drove for ten hours in a rented car to retrieve his cat--all he had left after Katrina

Red, a partially paralyzed Staffordshire Terrier who was hospitalized for about three months, fitted with a "wheelchair," and eventually adopted

And many more ...

The lessons learned resulted in a Law Protecting our beloved pets.

Just weeks before the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in August 2006, the plight of thousands of New Orleans residents and their pets led to a new federal law--the Pets Evacuation and Transporta-tion Standards (Pets) Act--that requires local and state governments to include household pets in their evacuation plans. It also provides federal funding for pet-friendly refugee shelters. Because of the dire experiences of Hurricane Katrina, animal owners will not have to choose between saving their own lives or remaining in a disaster-ravaged area with their pets, only to have to abandon the pets later.
--From "Pawprints of Katrina"

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  • Title Pawprints of Katrina: Pets Saved and Lessons Learned
  • Author Cathy Scott; Foreword by Ali Macgraw; Filmed by Clay Myers
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition number 1st
  • Edition 1
  • Pages 288
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Howell Books, Hoboken, N.J
  • Date 2008-06-01
  • Illustrated Yes
  • Features Bibliography, Dust Cover, Illustrated, Index, Price on Product - Canadian, Table of Contents
  • ISBN 9780470228517 / 0470228512
  • Weight 1.48 lbs (0.67 kg)
  • Dimensions 9.46 x 6.42 x 0.91 in (24.03 x 16.31 x 2.31 cm)
  • Themes
    • Chronological Period: 21st Century
    • Cultural Region: Gulf Coast
    • Cultural Region: South
    • Geographic Orientation: Louisiana
    • Geographic Orientation: Mississippi
    • Locality: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Library of Congress subjects Hurricane Katrina, 2005, Animal rescue - Louisiana - New Orleans
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2008001402
  • Dewey Decimal Code 636.083

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Citations

  • Reference and Research Bk News, 11/01/2008, Page 160

About the author

Cathy Scott traveled to New Orleans at the request of Best Friends Animal Society to document the plight of pets displaced by Hurricane Katrina. She quickly became a rescuer as well as a reporter. Scott's work has appeared in the "New York Times," the "Los Angeles Times," the "New York Post," the "San Diego Union-Tribune," the "Las Vegas Sun," "George" magazine, and Reuters News Service.

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