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Orphans of Katrina: Inside the World's Biggest Animal Rescue- What Really Happened on the Gulf and How You Can Help Save America's Pets Today Paperback – July 4, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Give a Dog a Bone Press; 1st edition (July 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615329160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615329161
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,535,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As vivid as any film. She transported me to the surreal land of Katrina's Gulf and rocked my world with both heartbreak and awe for the heroism of rescuers.  
--Geralyn Pezanoski, Producer and Director of the award-winning Katrina documentary: MINE.

A compelling, must-read book for everyone who has ever loved -- and been loved -- by an animal.
----Allen and Linda Anderson, authors of Rescued: Saving Animals from Disaster and cofounders of the Angel Animals Network

A master's work. A rollercoaster from heartbreak to absolute joy. A must read for anyone who gives a damn about our furry friends.                                               ---- Cary Black, author of A Freight Train Screamin'

The book you keep reading through the tears and laughter. Outstanding! Remarkable. A tour de force for the animals, rescuers, and survivors.
---- Dr. Ann West, Ph.D, Author of Truth From The Source ~ Awakening from Life's Illusions and Limitations.'

It's the rescue world heightened. It brings to light all of what is good, and bad, about this world.  For everyone who loves animals, and who loves life, and wants to make it better. --Sylva Kelegian, Actress/Rescuer, board member: The Forgotten Dog

From the Author

Thank you for checking out my labor of love: Orphans of Katrina. I am honored by your interest.

More About the Author

Karen O'Toole was born and raised in New York City. She currently lives in Arizona with her dog, Rudy, and his cat, King Kong. She is renowned for writing great stories and bad checks.

She has won the following writing awards:

The Academy Award's Nicholl Fellowship for Screenwriting,
ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year
The Nautilus Award
USA Best Books Award
The B.A.I.P.A. Award
The GLYPH Award
The Living Now Award
Reader's Favorite Award
The Nevada Film Office's #1 Screenplay
Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist
Dog Writer's of America Award Finalist
The Eric Hoffer Award Finalist







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I met Karen O'Toole while doing rescue work in New Orleans and was impressed by her dedication and tenacity.
Jill Lydic
Despite the difficult subject matter this is a good read, informative, and thought-provoking and therefore highly recommended.
ManyMinoux
She accurately captures the heartbreaking situation down there and manages to tell her story with some humor thrown in.
DL

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephen G. Lonefeather : on February 21, 2011
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I want to preface my endorsement of this book by saying this: That this review is coming from an older man who is a strong, vibrant, woodsman, Alaska guide, and ex-Bering Sea fisherma. Some might say I'm the stuff a strong man is suppose to be made of. Well, I'm here to tell you that when a little five foot three inch Louisiana lady friend of mine asked me to read Karen's book; to get an idea of what those rescuers went through, and why she still takes care of dispossessed animals from that storm - I was humbled, and very glad I didn't read it on a crowded bus. Because if you believe you are of the `tougher cut' and don't want anyone to see your soft underbelly then you'd better sit alone with this one behind a closed door. I swear this book had me in tears more times than I can count.
Ms. O'toole's recount of the dedication and sacrifices made by the people (herself included) who were parts of the grass-roots animal rescue groups who waded right smack into the muck of post Katrina-New Orleans, and the surrounding communities; despite the toxic threats to their own health, is an extraordinarily in-your-face portrait of sins and salvation. Karen's words and pictures, her eye witness accounts of numerous rescues, and the heart wrenching perils of those furry castaways left behind or lost in the melee of a mandatory human evacuation, is brutally honest and poignant. I'm sure everyone involved, including the animals, wear scars that will last to eternity, and I hope every reader of this work will pause at times to breathe a quiet prayer for them all.
Her portrayal clearly shows that these civilian rescuers were every bit as valiant as our military boys and girls who were sent there under orders.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DL on August 5, 2010
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I thoroughly enjoyed this well written, inspirational and emotionally moving book. O'Toole provides insight into "life in the trenches" rescuing the furry victims of Hurricane Katrina. She accurately captures the heartbreaking situation down there and manages to tell her story with some humor thrown in. The book also wisely provides concrete and helpful advice on how to protect your own pets during a disaster. She also provides valuable information on the current state of homeless animals and how anyone can help all of those homeless pets today who continue to suffer. Animals are blessed to have such a warrior angel like Karen O'Toole in their corner. If what happened to the animals down there makes you sad, then adopt O'Toole's "git 'er done" attitude and go out and locally volunteer to help those innocent creatures who continue to suffer! It doesn't take much to take a shelter dog for a walk.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Sharkey on August 4, 2010
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This was an awesome book and a must read for everyone who loves animals and wants an in-depth look into what really happened after the storm. Karen describes in great detail how difficult it was at times to save the helpless animals left behind (thru no fault of some of their owners taken out of the area and told to leave their pets behind) I cried at times but also had a smile on my face for the ones that were able to be saved and adopted by some wonderful people. Thru Karens eyes you almost feel like your there with her going thru this horrible ordeal ,but thanking god that you weren't physically there, but thank god people like Karen were. I was actually down in Tylertown MS on two occasions after the storm to help take care of the dogs that people like Karen were able to rescue. Reading Karens book brought back so many memories (bad but also good) of my time spent down there.But I was also one of the lucky ones who brought back home with me one of the most wonderful dogs I've ever had the pleasure of taking care of, My rottweiler Tyler!

So if your still curious to find out the REAL story about what happened after the storm , the truth behind what really went on ,then please read Orphans of Katrina ,you wont be disappointed
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dog-Eared Pages Review on October 2, 2010
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By Melanie Tighe
I usually read the books authors ask me to review within a week or two, but when Karen O'Toole asked me over a month later, if I had read her book, I made up every excuse I could think of. I had not read it yet. I did not want to know the truth of what I was sure was in those pages. Sometimes ignorance is bliss and I felt this was one of those times. When she brought in her dog, Rudy, the cover model for Orphans of Katrina: Inside the World's Biggest Animal Rescue, I knew I would have to read it.
It's difficult to read with tear blurred eyes, but I am glad that I did. When I thought of Katrina, my heart went out to the many families who lost their loved ones and their homes along with everything else. I never considered how disastrous it was for the animals left stranded in the flooded city. The bravery of the volunteer rescue workers is incredible. Their stories and the stories of the pets they helped or tried to help are heartbreaking. Learning how the unimaginable horrors happened and how to prevent it from happening in the future was certainly worth the time and tears invested in reading Orphans of Katrina.
If you love animals, Karen's book is a must read. Her vibrant writing drags you right into the thick of it and makes you proud of the people who risked their lives to do what must be done. Her uncommon sense suggestions can save the life of your beloved pets.
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