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Pawprints of Katrina: Pets Saved and Lessons Learned Hardcover – June 1, 2008
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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
From the Back Cover
—Ali MacGraw, Actress and Animal Activist
"Hopefully, lots of lessons were learned as a result of Katrina, and reminding us of these lessons is good. Warning: Tissue is required for this reading, though the book abounds in happy endings."
—Steve Dale, Tribune Media Services; (From Steve Dale's syndicated column My Pet World)
"Americans were outraged to see people being forced to abandon their family pets. As Congress rushed to pass new laws, and volunteers raced to New Orleans to help, Hurricane Katrina changed the face of animal welfare forever. This is a story of pure, unconditional love in the face of unimagined suffering."
—Michael Mountain, President and Cofounder; Best Friends Animal Society
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, poignantphotographs from Clay Myers, and follow-up information about the animals today. Heartbreaking and heartwarming, it conveys the depth of the 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 About the Author
Cathy Scott's seventh book, THE MILLIONAIRE'S WIFE, was released March 27, 2012. by St. Martin's Press about the 1990 contract murder of George Kogan on an Upper East Side Manhattan street in broad daylight. Fast-forward nearly 20 years, and Barbara Kogan, George's estranged wife, admitted to hiring a hit man to have her husband gunned down.
Her eighth book - the re-release and update of MURDER OF A MAFIA DAUGHTER - was published in March 2014 about the unsolved murder of writer Susan Berman at the hands of accused killer Robert Durst. The book includes exclusive information from investigators and new information about the prime suspect. It was named Best True Crime Book (2nd place) by ForeWord Reviews.
A memoir of a former drug kingpin, FREEWAY RICK ROSS: THE UNTOLD AUTOBIOGRAPHY, which Cathy co-wrote with Ross, was released in June 2014 to a standing-room audience at its Los Angeles launch and was a finalist in ForeWord Reviews' Best True Crime Books of 2014.
Her latest book, UNCONDITIONAL HONOR: WOUNDED WARRIORS AND THEIR DOGS, released in March 2015, is about the amazing relationships between wounded veterans and their service dogs and the organizations the provide the dogs at no cost.
Her latest fact-based true crime proposed book is about two teenage girls murdered six years apart on Torrey Pines Beach State Beach in southern California, murdered under eerily similar circumstances. Fifteen-year-old Barbara Nantais was strangled and her body partially mutilated in 1978, and 14-year-old Claire Hough in 1984. Police and the FBI for two decades said the murders were most probably committed by the same killer. But after DNA turned up matching blood and semen samples for Claire Hough's murder, police in October 2014 announced they'd solved the Hough murder and pointed to two men as the assailants, former police employee Kevin Brown and a sometimes homeless Nebraska man named Ronald Tatro, both of whom had since died. But an initial suspect in the case who, because of personnel changes at the police department, was never pursued. Meanwhile, the Barbara Nantais case remains open. Scott pursues the evidence and interviews police, neighbors, friends and family and profiles all three suspects.
A second project is the Dawn Viens case. Dawn, 37, disappeared on Oct. 18, 2010, after leaving Thyme Contemporary Cafe, in Lomita, California, that she and her husband ran. David Viens told police that he and his wife had argued. She didn't take her cell phone or stash of cash, and her car was later towed as evidence when she did not return. The husband, after throwing himself off a cliff -- and surviving -- admitted to killing his wife but has not told police where Dawn's body is.
You can find out more about this author by visiting her Web site at cathyscott dot com and her "Crime She Writes" blog for PsychologyToday dot com.
Top Customer Reviews
"Pawprints of Katrina" is a testament to the survival instincts of our animal companions and the compassion of countless humans who value them enough to risk themselves to help the helpless.
However, after beginning to read the book from the beginning, I discovered that I was unable to read more than a few pages at a time without becoming teary-eyed. Cathy did a fabulous job of telling it the way it happened, and I would recommend this book to all. The stories are moving and all true, and will evoke your entire gamut of emotions.
Thank you, Cathy Scott...
This book brought back a lot of emotions & memories and brought me to tears - both happy ones and sad ones. Definitely worth reading for anyone who experienced Katrina, has any curiousity about what it was like or anyone who has ever loved an animal!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book. There are sad spots, it is the nature of the beast, not all of the Katrina related issues ended well. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Angela C
I met Cathy Scott while working in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. We worked together in Tylertown, MS and in Metairie/New Orleans, LA. Read morePublished 12 months ago by JBB
This book was also true stories from the people who were actually there, doing the care for the rescued animals, as well as rescuing, thmselves. Read morePublished on September 26, 2013 by E. Meza
A good book, but hard to read at times. My daughter adopted a dog from Katrina, what a sweetheart she is. I would for certain, recommend this book.Published on January 23, 2013 by Lady
I work in animal rescue and have my share of stories relating to animal rescue. This book does a great job of telling the happy and sad stories of what happened surrounding Katrina... Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by Andrew J. Spurgers
The rescue stories were wonderful, but the promise of "lessons learned" fell flat. I was more interested in helpful tips on large scale animal response, which the review I... Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by K. Quickle
Thanks to Cathy Scott for sharing this experience. I pray all the animals have found a forever home. Wish I had been there to help!Published on March 6, 2012 by Carol Stewart
I do not like to read books, but this one I had bought years ago and had wanted to read so I finally did and finished it within 2 days which never happens for me. Read morePublished on September 12, 2011 by LAO