Pet rescue book marks tornado anniversary

Central Oklahoma Humane Society releases book about pet rescue efforts after the 2013 Moore tornado.
From Staff Reports Modified: May 16, 2014 at 6:01 pm •  Published: May 18, 2014
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The Central Oklahoma Humane Society (OK Humane) will observe the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Moore tornado with the release of a book that chronicles stories of pet rescue efforts in the days and months following the disaster.

A public launch event will be from noon to 2 p.m. May 18 at Full Circle Bookstore, 50 Penn Place at 1900 Northwest Expressway.

“Hope After the Storm” is a 60-page, hardcover coffee table book that illustrates stories of cats and dogs as they were reunited with their families.

“Our goal with this book project is to show the world that pets are a member of the family,” said Amy Shrodes, director of marketing and development for OK Humane. “Watching these reunions brought tears of joy to our eyes every single time. This experience truly demonstrated the importance of a bond between a human and their pet. We hope that this project will encourage others to include animals in their disaster response plan.”

OK Humane housed and cared for many of the displaced pets at its disaster relief facility. The organization tended to each animal’s injuries and searched for the pet’s owners. OK Humane took in a total of 151 dogs and cats starting the night of the tornado. Of these, 88 were successfully reunited with their families; the rest were adopted.

Achilles, a Husky featured in the book, will do a “paw-signing” at the launch event. The family pet hid in a bathroom during the storm, and disappeared after their home was destroyed. Video of the reunion can be seen at http://bit.ly/1nQ6Equ.

“Hope After the Storm” will be available for purchase for $59.99 at Full Circle and Amazon.com beginning Tuesday. All proceeds will support programs of the Central Oklahoma Humane Society. OK Humane partnered with Ad2OKC, a marketing club for young professionals, to develop the book.