Out of Harm's Way: The Extraordinary True Story of One Woman's Lifelong Devotion to Animal Rescueby Terri Crisp, Samantha Glen
In the darkest moments of disaster, Terri Crisp had been there for those who can't help themselves: the 1983 floods of Alviso, California, where she followed the muffled cries of a cat named Henry to pull him from a sinking house...the rampaging California wildfires in 1986, where she rescued a miniature pony by maneuvering him into the backseat of a Mercedes sedan...the devastating Exxon-Valdez oil spill, where she battled heroically to save birds and sea otters...Hurrican Andrew, where a M.A.S.H. unit sheltered hundreds of stranded dogs and cats...and the relentless Midwest floods in 1993, where she helped save hundreds of domesticated animals, including a farmer's nine ornery 350-pound hogs. With hearthwarming photographs and an invaluable resource section for preparing pet owners for disaster situations, OUT OF HARM'S WAY is a deeply affecting story that will touch and insprie all animal lovers.
Since 1983, Crisp has devoted herself to saving animals during natural and man-made disasters. From her early volunteer work with the Humane Society of Santa Clara Valley, helping stranded pets during local San Francisco Bay area floods and fires, to her recent full-time job as director of Emergency Animal Rescue Services (a nationwide Red Crosstype program for animals), Crisp's dedication and determination are undaunted. During her first rescue mission, Crisp learned first-hand how to aid animals during a flood. Among the 100 animals she helped save were a drowning puppy she clutched from the floodwater, a stranded 300-pound hog, and a cat locked inside a washing machine in a house with the water waist-high. The experience changed her life forever, and she vowed not only to make herself available to help whenever needed but to create something she discovered was sorely lackinga nationwide animal rescue plan that could be followed during any catastrophe. Over the years, Crisp's work has expanded from local emergencies to national ones. She spent six months organizing clean-up efforts for seabirds and otters after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, helped place innumerable homeless animals after Florida's Hurricane Andrew, and set up animal relief services during the devastating St. Charles flood in Missouri. An appendix lists invaluable tips for safeguarding your own dogs, cats, birds, and horses during a disaster.
Crisp's highly personalized accounts of daring rescues, incredible volunteer efforts, and the bonds of tenderness that form between humans and animals are quite touchingthough at times she can go on about the wonder of it all.
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Meet the Author
Reader’s Digest declared Terri Crisp “an American hero,” while NBC called her one of the most inspiring women in America, and ABC News named her a “Person of the Week.” But beyond the acclaim, Terri Crisp’s devotion to animal rescue comes straight from the heart, an impulse as natural and vital as breathing.
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A wonderful read that will leave you changed. How unfortunate others have chosen to use this space to air personal grudges and post perceived slights. We hapless readers will never know the true nature of the following reviewer's relationship to the author(too bad Paul Harvey isn't here with 'the rest of the story'). However, I've attended Ms. Crisp's workships and have heard her praise the efforts of the countless volunteers, locals, and peers who make animal rescue possible. She exudes graciousness and class. It's a shame these qualities aren't inherent in all of us. Don't let 'personal politics' discourage you from purchasing and enjoying this wonderful book. If you love animals, this book is just what you need. It will warm your heart, touch your soul, and give you an action plan to keep your own furry friends 'out of harm's way.'
Out of Harm's Way was a wonderfully descriptive book about the ins and outs of animals rescue. Being a teacher, I read, write and edit many books. Although there were two minute grammatical errors in this book, I found this to be one of the best 'content' books I've read. This was very interesting and evoking. It opened my eyes to a world of rescue that I want to be a part of. Because of this book, I've decided to become a trained member. I laughed and I cried in every chapter. It reminded me of growing up on the farm as a child and becoming an adult animal lover, resueing anyone I could. I felt like I connected many times with the authors point of view and being. It was like a Danielle Steel without the romance -captivating!