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In the Field Hospital

This photograph was taken in the field hospital in Gulfport, MS, in September 2005. Left, Animal Technician Christine Wassenaar, Right, Jennifer Brown, Veterinarian. The photograph was taken by Debra Watt.

Sign on a flooded veterinary hospital

This is a photograph of a sign on a flooded veterinary hospital in Gulfport, MS, in September 2005. The sign reads: "All animals left here have died. We have buried them for you. I have no way of expressing my grief. I will be here cleaning up Thurs. on. My prayers are with you." The photograph was taken by Ed Feinberg.

Katrina VMAT (Veterinary Medical Assistance Team) Stories

These two stories were written by Aaron M Leash, DVM, a member of FEMA’s VMAT-2 (Veterinary Medical Assistance Team), which means he is on call for emergencies and disasters involving animals. What he wrote about was human-animal interest: how people and animals dealt with the devastation, and how people ignored their own losses and discomforts to help others, and how responders often put themselves in danger to perform their duties. Also, he tried to get across to readers the human-animal...