CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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 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
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 this historic storm.
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 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 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 ruptured sewers and
Unable to stomach what was happening, Joanne and Penny dropped
everything and reported to the Lamar Dixon Animal Rescue Center at
Gonzales, Louisiana. They travelled daily into the wreckage of New
Orleans to rescue terrified animals, many now semi-feral after the
horrors they had experienced.
They waded through polluted waters, crawled under homes where venomous
snakes slithered, stepped on bodies and bones, gagged on the stench of
corpses rotting in sub-tropical heat, saw horror and honor in equal
measures … witnessing firsthand an unconquerable will to survive by even
the humblest of creatures.
It wasn’t just the field rescues they were involved in. After bringing
animals to safety, they worked tirelessly to reunite them with their
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 story of the unsung
heroes of America’s most famous natural disaster is only now being fully