Out of Harm's Way: The Extraordinary True Story of One Woman's Lifelong Devotion to Animal Rescueby Terri Crisp
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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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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I really enjoyed this book and think having a program in place to rescue the animal victims of natural disasters is of critical importance. However, I used to work for the Humane Society of Santa Clara Valley in the days when the author was a new volunteer. I took part in the Alviso flood and Lexington fire rescues. So I found it interesting that no mention was made of the many others (including the chief humane officer who organized the rescue efforts) who worked to rescue animals. Crisp made it sound as if only she and 'Officer Fowler' (whose name isn't Fowler at all) were working to save the animal victims of the flood. And only she and 'Officers Marty and Ted' struggled to save the animals caught in the fire's devastation. In the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, it was a local woman, Sally, who really put the effort together. It was Sally, not Crisp, who was instrumental in locating a place for the temporary shelter, enlisting the help of a National Guard veterinarian, and getting a place for the organizers of the rescue effort to stay. Don't misunderstand; I think Crisp is a godsend to the animals and what she has done is wonderful. She has made tremendous sacrifices to rescue animals. But I know from my previous dealings with her that she tends to take more credit than is due. There are many heroes in these efforts to save animals. How much better it would be had she shared the credit.
I couldnt put this book down I loved it so much! Terry has inspired me like no other, this summer I will start helping my local SPCA
This book is extraordinary! Half of the time I couldn't believe the stories of the amazing rescues, nor could I believe how heartless some pet owners were! The rescue stories will warm your heart and bring tears to your eyes. The story of how Terri Crisp was so devoted to rescuing animals, and making the world a better place for them is inspiring whether you love animals or not! I recommend this to every animal lover out there!
This book is a great book for any animal lover. I honestly have never thought about all the sacrifices, work, and people it takes to help animals after a disaster. This book has inspired me to look into registering with the United Animal Nations and doing what I can in case of a natural disaster in my area. The author mentions so many poor little creatures that are left behind by thoughtless people. My heart went out to all these pets and to the people and volunteers that adopted so many of them and gave them a happy life. This is a book that is definitely inspiring, uplifting, and recommended for everyone to read!
HEARTWARMING, INFORMATIVE, AN EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER. I LAUGHED, CRIED, AND LEARNED SO MUCH FROM THIS BOOK. I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE EVERYONE WHO LOVES ANIMALS TO READ THIS BOOK. IT EVEN INSPIRED ME TO BECOME AN E.A.R.S. MEMBER.