Pawprints of Katrina: Pets Saved and Lessons Learned

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Pawprints of Katrina will leave pawprints on your heart. You probably vividly remember the animal rescues you saw on television in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Veteran reporter and lifelong animal lover Cathy Scott covered the stories straight from the muck, the rubble, and a makeshift shelter. She witnessed dramatic rescues and joyful reunions firsthand. This book shares Cathy's stories and insight, poignant photographs from Clay Meyers, and follow up information about the animals today. Heartbreaking and heartwarming, it conveys the depth of tragedy; more importantly, it celebrates the indomitable spirit of the volunteers who refused to give up, the determined pets who survived, and the owners (original and adoptive) who love these animals today.

More than two years after the levees broke, the world is still drawn to the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina and its impact. This horrific event caused the people of New Orleans to lose everything imaginable, from family and friends to possessions and pets. However, in such dire times, the best in human nature often prevails. The devastation of Hurricane Katrina led to the largest animal rescue effort in history, with approximately 15,000 pets saved. Pawprints of Katrina: Pets Saved and Lessons Learned (Wiley, $19.99, hardcover) relates the stories of the many pets which loving owners had to make the heart-wrenching choice to abandon in the floodwaters: dogs and cats, birds and horses, and all of the animals left behind to fend for themselves.

A veteran journalist, author Cathy Scott rushed to New Orleans to aid in the rescue efforts of these pets and to cover the plight of helpless animals displaced by Hurricane Katrina for Best Friends magazine. Scott was there during--and participated in--Best Friends Animal Society's heroic rescue efforts, and in these pages relates captivating tales of tragedy and triumph. From her front-row seat and personal knowledge as a first responder and rescuer in the field, she pieces together stories using Best Friends' expansive database, from the first moments when the animals were rescued, to their examinations, treatment, and care by volunteers, until the day they are reunited with their families or placed in new homes. Due to Scott's unmatched coverage of these brave rescues, Best Friends Animal Society later hired her as a full-time writer for its magazine and website.

Published to coincide with the third anniversary of Katrina and to honor those involved, and those lost, in the rescue efforts, and featuring a foreword by actress and pet activist Ali MacGraw, Pawprints of Katrina: Pets Saved and Lessons Learned is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. It conveys the depth of the tragedy of Katrina and, more importantly, it celebrates the indomitable spirit of pets and the owners (original or adoptive) who love them. Covering rescues, heartwarming reunions, and stories of the selfless efforts of strangers brought together by a disaster to save animals, Pawprints of Katrina tells a story that needs to be told. This one-of-a-kind book also features a 32-page full-color section containing 50 photos, along with black and white photos throughout the book, supplementing the fascinating stories of survival.

About 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.

Pawprints of Katrina: Pets Saved and Lessons Learned
ISBN: 978-0-470-22851-7; $19.99; 256 pages
June 2008

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