Emotional tears, joyful smiles, awe-inspired sighs. Those were the feelings I had while reading this awesome book, NOT LEFT BEHIND: Rescuing the Pets of New Orleans. Filled with photographs that will inspire you, the Best Friends Animal Society did a wonderful job in relating to us the rescue of over 4,000 pets after the catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina.
One of the many tragedies associated with Katrina was that most evacuees had to leave their pets behind, a wrenching experience that was more heartbreaking for many than losing their homes. Best Friends was the first animal rescue organization to hit the flooded streets. The many photos capture the expressions of the animals and of the people who rescued them–fear, desperation and despair, but also hope and resilience.
Many of the animals were ultimately reunited with their families; almost all of the rest found new homes. There were many, many happy endings. As quoted from the book, “As a national community, we made mistakes in responding to Katrina. But we also did things right. In our ignorance, we insisted that people leave without their pets. But in our compassion we went back, and we made sure that as many as possible were, in the end, not left behind.”
This book is available through numerous outlets. Here is the link to the Barnes and Noble site: http://bit.ly/k4QNki
QUESTION 4 YOU: Have you read this book? What are your thoughts?