Forces Of Nature: The incredible and courageous story of two pet rescuers after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina

Spence, Graham

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Synopsis: Forces of Nature is the remarkable story of the courage and commitment of two ordinary women who put their lives, jobs and families on hold to rescue hundreds of thousands of pets fighting for their lives when Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans. Joanne Greene, a former Playboy Bunny, and Penny Koncz, an award winning Michigan body builder, watched with horror as almost the entire pet population of one of American’s most iconic cities was abandoned and some even shot in the aftermath of the third most powerful Atlantic storm in history. While humans were ordered to evacuate New Orleans in 2005, no provision was made for the estimated 300,000 pets. Many were left in homes with a bowl of food and water, as their owners expected to return soon. No one was prepared for the apocalypse looming on the horizon. As the levees broke, thousands of animals had no choice but to sink or swim. Even more, locked in homes, drowned as the raging waters burst through buildings, flooding rooms up to the ceiling. Tragically, even more who survived marathon swims to dry land, or who could flee to roofs and attics, later perished drinking toxic water from the city’s ruptured sewers and petrochemical industries. Unable to stomach what was happening, Joanne and Penny dropped everything and reported to the Lamar Dixon Animal Rescue Center at Gonzales, Louisiana. Every day they travelled into the wreckage of New Orleans to rescue terrified animals, many now semi-feral after the horrors they had been through. They waded through foaming polluted waters, crawled under homes knowing there were venomous snakes slithering nearby, stepped on bodies and bones, gagged on the stench of corpses rotting in sub-tropical heat, saw horror and honor in equal measures ... and witnessed firsthand an unconquerable will to survive by even the humblest of creatures. It was not just the field rescues they were involved in. After bringing animals to safety, they worked tirelessly to reunite them with their owners. What these gallant people did is now a blueprint for domestic animal rescue in disaster zones. Hurricanes will come and go, but it is unlikely that defenseless creatures will ever again be so callously abandoned by bureaucratic collapse as they were during Katrina. This book is a tribute to all animal rescuers, the unsung heroes of America’s most famous natural disaster is only now being fully told.

About the Author: Born in Africa, Graham Spence was a frontline journalist for more than 20 years reporting on the turbulent apartheid era in South Africa. He now lives in England with his wife and two sons and is a fulltime writer. His previous three non-fiction books, The Elephant Whisperer, Babylon’s Ark and The Last Rhino, written with his brother-in-law Lawrence Anthony, are all best sellers. Lawrence Anthony, who died on 2012, was known as the ‘Indiana Jones of conservation’. Graham has written two other novels, The Apocalypse Chase, an outdoor-adventure about fishing in the world’s most dangerous places, and Keepers of the Flame, a political thriller on modern terrorism. Joanne Greene is a former Playboy Bunny and says working for Hugh Hefner was ‘attending the university of life’. She also attended a traditional university and was the first white girl at the Grambling State University in Louisiana. There, under the mentorship of Hall of Fame football coach Eddie Robinson, she got a Master’s degree in sports management and was one of the first women to work in a NFL front office for the San Diego Chargers. Joanne has been devoted to animals throughout her life, and lives with her rescue pets. She runs her own landscaping business in Chicago, and since Katrina, has been involved in several other animal rescue missions, both in America and Lebanon. Penny Konz, a former Mrs. Michigan bodybuilding contestant, has been an animal lover all her life. She took time off from her job and was one of the first volunteers to arrive at the frontline of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. She returned, with Joanne, a month later to do a second tour of duty when it was clear that a large number of animals were still unaccounted for. She has also done animal rescue work in Chile when an earthquake and resulting tsunami devastated large swathes of the country in 2010. A vet tech, she lives in Michigan with her husband, and has two children.

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Title: Forces Of Nature: The incredible and ...
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishi
Publication Date: 2016
Binding: Paperback
Book Condition: Fine

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