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Books of Excellence: The Critters of Katrina

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Books of Excellence: The Critters of Katrina The December 16th show is a special show. The demographics and statistics are amazing. There are 2.5 animals (cats/dogs…etc. for every American home). When a population of almost a million evacuates an area and is forced to leave their pets behind…the result is 2.5 million animals…homeless…ownerless…destitute. This was the situation during and after Hurricane Katrina. Indeed the animal issue was largely overlooked by all the rescuing agencies Federal and otherwise. On Thursday’s show we have some amazing people who will share their stories as they passionately committed their lives to helping these critters…through rescuing, feeding and reuniting activities. Our guests include, Kim Leslie, a Pennsylvania resident. Kim is the Founder of Wetnose Rescue. Kim has been involved in animal dog rescue for many years. When the news about Katrina broke, Kim received word through her rescue network of the horrors facing the helpless canines. In this show, Kim will talk about the immediate response of sending supplies for animal rescue, and how she was involved with saving animals who survived Katrina by finding homes in the Philadelphia area for hundreds of them. Also calling in is Charlotte Bass-Lily. Charlotte is the current Director of Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO). ARNO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit grassroots volunteer organization dedicated to the humane caretaking of the animals of Katrina. Charlotte,a local New Orleanian and a known animal welfare figure, took the lead position and united a network of dedicated locals to continue the ardent work and legions of other tireless volunteers from across the nation had begun. Charlotte, too, was early on the scene at Lamar-Dixon, arriving directly behind the LA/SPCA animal control officers and working in water/land rescue under their direction. Order the book at: http://www.redowlpublications.com/KatrinaBook.html

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