Meet Chris McLaughlin as she signs Mississippi Barking: Hurricane Katrina and a Life That Went to the Dogs on Friday, February, 25th from 5:00-6:00 PM at Pass Books.
In the months that followed Hurricane Katrina, thousands of pets were fending for themselves in the ruins of devastated neighborhoods. They roamed the streets in feral packs or struck out alone. Their plight triggered a grassroots rescue effort unlike any this country had ever seen, and while relief organizations such as the Red Cross were tending to the human survivors, a much smaller and meagerly funded effort was underway to save the four-legged victims. With no prior experience in disaster response and no real grasp of the hell that awaited them, scores of animal lovers, including McLaughlin, made their way to the Gulf Coast to help in any way they could. Including photos from four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Carol Guzy, this book spans the course of two years as McLaughlin and others ventured into the wreckage of the Gulf Coast to rescue the animals left behind.
Chris McLaughlin is founder and executive director of the Animal Rescue Front. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Boston with a BA in earth sciences, she lives in Massachusetts with two cats. This is her first book.
"Chris McLaughlin gave her whole Yankee heart, her money, time, and energy to the Mississippi dogs displaced by Hurricane Katrina, and in that process (beyond all reason, beyond exhaustion) learned the definition of a meaningful life. This honest and heart-expanding tale of courage, cultural collision, and, yes, dogged determination will make you laugh, cry, adopt a dog (or twenty), drive straight into a hurricane, and face that big wind grinning. This is how we change the world." --Pam Houston, author of Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country