Rescued: Saving Animals from Disaster

Allen Anderson, Author, Linda C. Anderson, Author, John Ensign, Foreword by , foreword by John Ensign. New World Library $16.95 (346p) ISBN 978-1-57731-544-5

In this mix of heartrending personal stories and practical information, the Andersons (Angel Animals ) explore why, out of 16,000 animals rescued in Louisiana after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, only 3,000 were reunited with their families (many were adopted or taken into foster homes), and find the reasons in the loss of records, the chaotic conditions evacuees faced and euthanizing of unclaimed pets by some shelters. Directed to leave their pets behind when Katrina was bearing down and denied entry to Red Cross shelters with their animals, many residents waited out the storm at home rather than abandon their pets. The authors focus on three major organizations (the ASPCA, the American Humane Association and the Humane Society of the U.S.) that, buttressed by volunteers from all over the country, played a key role in saving animal lives. Believing that domesticated pets are family members and that by helping them one is also helping people, the Andersons detail what has been learned from Katrina and provide instructions for readers in the event that they face an evacuation. The authors stress that owners must take primary responsibility for their pets and that rescue volunteers should be properly trained. The Andersons can be saccharine, but their advice is well taken. 16 pages of color photos. (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 07/24/2006
Release date: 09/01/2006
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