Katrina Pet Tales

The storm of the century hit one year ago. People and places are still recovering. Pets suffered and are recovering, too. And, four animal welfare organizations were there - to rescue animals, reunite them with their families or find new homes for them.

  • The Humane Society of Missouri
  • The Humane Society of Southern Missisisippi
  • The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Katrina Pet Tales is the story of these amazing pets and the people who tirelessly and selflessly worked in impossible conditions to save them. People were harmed and suffered because pets were an afterthought in "official" rescue efforts. Pets must be included in future emergency plans. This story vividly illustrates why. It needs to be told.

The story chronicles - in words and compelling documentary photographs - the unprecedented, heroic and largely successful efforts to rescue thousands of pets and other animals during Katrina and its aftermath.

The co-authors are Sally J. Altman and Dick Weiss, an award winning former editor, reporter and writing coach for the St. Louis Post Dispatch. They conducted extensive interviews with each of the rescuers, foster parents, and the many hurricane victims who lost and then found their pets.

Visit the Humane Society of Missouri's website to read the tale.