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Pawprints of Katrina: Pets Saved and Lessons Learned [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470445037
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 515,951
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Preface.

1 The Water.

2 Poodle on the Rooftop.

3 The American Can Company.

4 Base Camp.

5 On the Ground.

6 Message in a Bottle.

7 Knock, Knock, Knocking on Heaven's Door.

8 It Takes Two to Make a Miracle.

9 The Faces of the Volunteers.

10 Red Gets His Wheels.

11 Fifteen Minutes to Fame.

12 The Twister Sisters.

13 Other Homeless Critters.

14 Animal Mug Shots.

15 Reunions.

16 A Dog Named Angel.

17 Putting Haley First.

18 Over the Rainbow Bridge.

19 Picking Up the Pieces.

20 Lessons Learned.

Appendix: Pet Disaster Preparedness.

Acknowledgments.

Index.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Thought provoking and touching

    After reading this book I first have to commend all of the animal rescue workers that dedicated so much of their time to saving the animals. I was moved to tears by your efforts.
    Cathy Scott did a tremendous job hitting on the vital and emotional aspects of this US disaster and the plight of the pets and their owners. I would highly reccomend this book for anyone that owns a pet or lives in an area that is subject to Hurricane, flooding or earthquake.
    In any case it is an excellent read that provided insight into something we, as a country, had not given thought to until it was too late for so many pets. This book affected me so much that I know where I will be when the next disaster stikes the US, helping to save the pets. A+!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2008

    Should be another great by Cathy Scott

    Cathy Scott has done a remarkable job putting this book together, I was fortunate to get a hold of a pre-release copy and have found it to be the most intriguing book about true heroes that I have ever read or could imagine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Loved it

    I'm a sucker for animals and well written books. I cried, some happy tears, some not so much. I was glad to learn about the PETS act.

    If you love animals, this is a must read. I also reccommend Dogtown, which has more stories from Best Friends (I hope to take a volunteer vacation there in the near future).



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