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Hurricane Katrina Dog Finally Gets A Forever Home

Last Katrina Dog

It’s been a long, rough road but Yogi finally has a home.

Yogi, who was rescued as a puppy from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina six years ago, finally went to a new home on Wednesday.

The Longmont Colorado Humane Society says Yogi, an American Bulldog mix who was 6 months old when he and his sister, Duchess were left homeless by Hurricane Katrina, went home on Wednesday evening where there were two other Boxers to keep him company.

Yogi and Duchess spent three weeks in the water before they were rescued by a veterinarian. They were both taken to a shelter in hopes of being reunited with their owner.

But because of excessive exposure to the contaminated waters caused by the hurricane, Yogi developed a skin infection. As a result, he lost some of his fur. Veterinarians were able to treat him for the condition and he is now completely healthy.

The veterinarian in Mississippi who cared for the two puppies sent Duchess to the Longmont Colorado Humane Society where she was placed in a permanent home. Yogi stayed in Mississippi where the years passed without him finding a home. Finally, the veterinarian contacted the Longmont Colorado Humane Society and asked if they would try to find a home for Yogi.

Yogi arrived at the shelter in Longmont, Colorado in February.

Story by Elaine Furst for Dog Files

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11 years ago

YOGI deserves an extra special loving home for having to wait soo long!!  GOD BLESS YOU YOGI!!

11 years ago

LHS is one of the best shelters in Colo!! So happy they were abe to find Yogi a new home <3

Shanna Stott
11 years ago

I am personally not a fan of keeping dogs in shelter situations beyond a certain point…it may sound cold or harsh, but it’s often equal to an [innocent] person being in prison for years on end…the shock of finally being in a home can sometimes be too much…this is not always the case, especially where foster homes and a home-like sheltering is concerned, but it is often the case in animals that live in a kenneled situation–be them even a breeder home or shelter/rescue.  I am glad to see he finally found a home…but if you consider a pit-mix may live to be 10-12 or so, he’s already spent HALF his life in a shelter–that to me, for the majority of dogs that may experience it, is not humane.

11 years ago

Poor Yogi … I am glad he finally has a home … well I agree it is
very inhumane to have to wait for one for so long … his life being
half over … I am also very glad that he will at least be able to enjoy
this opportunity and live out his days among those who will love and
care for him … everything is entitled to at least this much in their
lifetime.   😉    FYI … he is not a pit-mix … he is a boxer …
just like the article says.  Just so you know too (in case you were
wondering) … that is a haltie he is wearing which is used for teaching
dogs how to walk properly and not a muzzle.  I know because I have both items for my dog.  :)))

Shanna Stott
11 years ago
Reply to  Avonregal

Yes I know about the halti–I make and use them on my danes and mastiffs.. 🙂 .they called him an American Bulldog mix–but they are in the bully breed family, regardless the exact breed–of which I remain with my APBT mix assessment, I don’t see boxer at all…I’d have to see or learn about his size to agree with the American Bulldog part (if he’s 80+ lbs, it’s likely) –which the American Bulldog was created by cross breeding Pit-like breeds (APBT, Am-Staff, Boxers–which FYI, most varieties of “pit-bull” have had their breed names changed multiple times by registries and rescues alike to try to divert from the “pit-bull” stigma, but the breed itself has the same temperament and appearance across the board) with the English Bulldog and then refining them to be large and muscular, but minus the breathing problems in the more widely known English Bulldogs or the intensity of the bully breeds used to create them.

I agree with you that at least he now has a chance to live the rest of his life with a family.  My only question: why didn’t someone outsource a separate and/or out of state shelter sooner?  Is it because the plight of the dogs involved in Katrina and the horrible destruction of homes, families, lives and centuries of culture were such a great springboards for donations (ie, Here’s Yogi, *speals story*, please donate to our cause/shelter/organization to help poor/helpless/homeless/sad animals like him)?  Or was it really about the dog(s)/animals?  I know of MANY shelters that willingly stepped out to assist with re-homing, rehabilitating and reuniting the animals that suffered during and after Katrina–so why was this dog skipped or why did he miss out for so long while so many have been in their homes for several years now?  Skin condition/infection or breed aversions or not, he could have been homed MUCH sooner had someone sought out the idea of seeking another state’s assistance.

I ask again why it took 6 years for someone to do so?

I am NOT making any light of Katrina’s fate…heaven knows it was a horrible situation with many horrible  scenarios contributing to it’s listing among the worst natural disasters in the US…but it was also coming 6 YEARS ago.

11 years ago

You say 6 years ago… to some, it is still yesterday. Dogs don’t count “time” the way people do. Just be glad they find homes. Maybe you should be a bigger part of these rescues since you seem to have so much to criticze?


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