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August 27, 2015


Dianne in DC

Interesting. I've printed it out and will read it on Metro. Prior to Katrina I had been involved in breed rescue for Abyssinian cats. Hurricane Katrina is responsible for my current level of involvement. One of my email friends was the contact for NAR and being in Baton Rouge she stepped in to help with the cats. Every night she sent an email telling the current days tales (tails?)

Then one night she wrote "This crazy group of people from San Francisco (sic) are here and they think they are going to rescue pit bulls." And that's how I learned of BAD RAP and became a pit bul advocate.

Jodi Henderson

Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm pretty sure I would have cried non-stop. :) And thank you for helping out the animals who needed you. There were (and still are) so. damn. many.


Dianne -- that's a great story. Thanks for sharing and you may want to stick around for the upcoming segments as they are going to address your second paragraph (to a degree).

Thanks Jodi for reading.

pitbull friend

Jodi: I doubt it. You might feel sad, but when you're surrounded by animals who need you, you pull it together and take care of them.

Dianne: Wonderful! Spending time at the Best Friends camp in Tylertown, MS, taking care of homeless pits, is what turned me into a pit bull advocate. That's especially so because of the gorgeous black dog (now liberally dusted with white) who was found in the Lower Ninth, spent a few weeks in Tylertown, and has been one of my all-time favorite creatures ever since. :) -Ellen


My thoughts have been on the animals of Katrina and those involved with rescue, too. I wasn't able to go down, but was one of the remote rescue volunteers. I spoke with so many people who had lost pets to try and find them so they could be reunited (or at least to have some closure if they didn't make it). Then I would go through pages and pages of pictures and descriptions, trying to cross check where the dogs or cats were lost and then found, trying so hard to do something. It was heartbreaking work, but what I could do to help. Bless you for being on the front lines.

Jen Brighton

I haven't finished all of part 1 yet, Brent, but you've really brought things to life. I got to the part of the people looking for their dogs and had to stop. Crying. I can't even imagine not knowing where my 5 pets are, whether they are hurting, dead or safe. Will keep reading, but thank you soooo much for sharing this. Wow! And double WOW to all volunteers who help during these times. Thank you!

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