Dogster and Katrina Dogs Mo and Maddie Featured in The Seattle Times

 |  Aug 31st 2006  |   4 Contributions


Its anniversary time for those affected by Katrina and Dogster has many in that group. Mo and Maddie were rescued after Katrina and found loving homes in the American Northwest. The Seattle Times, in an atempt to look for a silver lining to that horrible time, profiled Mo and Maddie and some other Katrina dogs in their area.

Rita Laws with Desi and Maddie -- Photo by Thomas James Hurst

Thanks Cammie for barking in about this article!

Hurricane Katrina | The lucky ones

Pasado's Safe Haven, an animal-welfare group based in Sultan, rescued 1,200 animals from the Gulf Coast. Some were reunited with their owners; others went on to new families that nursed them back to health. Some 250 of these pets (probably many more) now live in Washington.


Mohawk finally has fur. Lucky is a little more trusting. Cajun is potty-trained (cross your fingers). And Tuna the cat, well, he turned out to be a klutz. A year ago these animals were found along with thousands of others swimming in the streets, standing on rooftops, locked inside homes or tied up in backyards in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Here's how they're doing today.

And here's the part about our own Dogsters:

Maddie, 6, mixed breed

Then: Rescuers found Maddie chained up in the kitchen of a New Orleans house with six puppies and a large bag of dog food which was out of reach. The puppies were healthy, but Maddie was near death, unable to lift her head or walk.

Now: She avoids small bathrooms or kitchens, but otherwise she's recovered from the trauma. She lives on 11 acres in Monroe with new owner, Rita Laws, and two cows, three chickens, two cats, a llama and fellow Katrina rescue dog, Desi. "They sleep in bed with me," Laws says.

Mohawk, 1-, Chow Chow/Australian shepherd

Then: He was found wandering near the Mississippi River, suffering from mange, which led rescuers to believe he was a stray before Katrina. "He was a sight," says rescuer Cammie Owen. "He was almost completely bald, yet he had an expression that said he was such a sweetheart."

Now: His mange cured, he lives with Owen in Seattle, where he's shed his shyness. "He goes to the off-leash parks with his pack several days a week," Owen says. "I think he looks like the happiest dog I've ever seen."

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