Pawprints of Katrina: Pets Saved and Lessons Learned
Pawprints of Katrina Pets Saved and Lessons Learned Author:Cathy Scott Pawprints of Katrina includes nearly 200 heroic rescues, heartwarming reunions, and stories of selfless efforts of strangers brought together by a disaster to save animals at the Best Friends Animal Society triage center because their owners were unable to. The stories and photos included in this book will bring the experience of pet vict... more »ims to life for the reader, from the first moments when the animals are rescued, to when they’re examined, treated, and cared for by volunteers, until the day they are reunited with their families or placed in new homes. The reader will also meet the volunteers who made the rescue efforts possible. Author Cathy Scott worked beside them, not only writing about the animals, but also helping to rescue and reunite them. While in the Gulf on assignment for Best Friends magazine, she visited temporary shelters, including Mutt Shack across from Lake Pontchartrain; Winn-Dixie in Gentilly; Animal Rescue New Orleans near Carrollton; the Humane Society of Louisiana, which relocated from New Orleans to Tylertown next door to Best Friends’ relief center; and the Humane Society of South Mississippi in Gulfport. The resulting stories are straight from the rubble-strewn streets. She provides a rare, historic look behind the scenes of the massive animal rescue efforts. Scott’s unique approach comes from being both on the ground and in boats, witnessing firsthand the rescues and the resulting reunions between human refugees and their pets. She presents not only the most dramatic and challenging cases, but also describes many other tales of large groups of pets left to fend for themselves, then plucked to safety. Scott’s narrative yet straightforward style is laced with sensitivity and inspiration as she traces the animals’ steps. From her front-row seat, she pieces together stories using Best Friends’ expansive database, paperwork from the field, interviews with Louisiana officials, law enforcement officers and military personnel, rescue groups, individual rescuers, veterinarians, and volunteers from all walks of life, as well as her personal knowledge as a first responder and rescuer in the field.« less
Because I am a member of Best Friends Animal Society, I had read a lot about Katrina and the animal rescue in their magazine and newsletters. I still got a much more thorough picture of this historic time from the book. It includes the heartwarming stories of rescue and reunion with pet owners that you would hope for, as well as horror stories of finding dead animals and people and police killing the pets people left in the care or they came across on the streets. It was interesting to read about behind-the-scenes stuff like how the rescue camps were like mini cities and people bonded together like soldiers in combate or even Woodstock. Also, people don't realize how long it takes after a disaster like this for things to recover. There are still so many areas unrehabilitated and pets roaming the streets in feral-like condition, having babies. The books ends with the optimistic gains made in disaster relief and including pets in evacuation plans. Great book. I highly recommend it for all animal lovers as well as people interested in disaster relief and how societies cope with disasters.