Terri Crisp, executive director of the internationally known Emergency Animal Rescue Services, has been saving animals for more than 20 years. Hailed as "an American hero" by Reader's Digest and "One of the most inspiring women in America" by NBC News, her journey to rescue the pets, livestock, and wildlife left behind in times of catastrophe has taken her to forty-six disasters, including every type except a volcano.
Beginning in 1983 with the California floods at Alviso, Crisp's plans for becoming a high school art teacher took an amazing turn. After notoriety gained through the San Jose Mercury News, Emergency Animal Rescue Services was formed in 1987 with the help of The United Animal Nations. With Crisp as director, the program soon grew from an ambitious idea into a national disaster response and recovery program. Volunteers continue to step forward, blending the organization's vision with long hours, dedication, and unwavering passion. Crisp herself travels the country providing proper training and offering inspiration through a continuous series of free training seminars. Crisp has also shared the EARS vision and day-to-day rescue efforts with 20/20, ABC News, the Wall Street Journal, the USA Today, and many other media outlets.
Emergency Animal Rescue Stories is her second book, following the best-selling Out of Harm's Way which chronicled earlier disaster recovery efforts. When Crisp's not preparing for disaster or assisting in the lengthy recovery efforts, she shares a peaceful mountain top ranch with her husband, three children,13 cats, 3 dogs, 3 parrots, 3 cows, and 2 goats in the Sierra foothillsof northern California.