It's been almost three years since Hurricane Katrina. Since then, many people from around the nationa have stepped up to lend a helping hand. But it's not just people that needed help. Animals needed help too and one Tallahassee woman not only traveled to the Gulf Coast, she ended up adopting an animal who lost his family in Katrina.
Buddy the dog lives a pretty good life. But it wasn't always that way. Three years ago, Buddy lived in New Orleans with four other dogs. But after Katrina hit, only three of the dogs survived. And Buddy was moved to Tallahassee, thanks in part to Tanya Patton and her husband Joe.
"Buddy was rescued by a friend from New Orleans. She crawled under a house and rescued him and brought him to Tallahassee. She asked me if I could keep him for awhile. He ended up staying with us forever."
Tanya traveled to Mississippi to do what she could to help...But what she saw was overwhelming. Thousands of animals, displaced, hungry, and scared. And she knew what she had to do.
"I saw them swimming in the streets of New Orleans, crawling out of debris piles. I had to go over there or I wouldn't be able to live with myself."
Buddy's pre-Katrina family lost their home in the storm, but they never lost touch with their dog....and so the Patton's drove Buddy back to New Orleans to visit with his old family...Buddy will live permanently in Tallahassee, but he'll always keep in touch with his family in Louisiana.
"It's closure, it was emotional for them. He was the only dog
that they knew where he was." Buddy still has emotional scars that come with the tragedy...that's common for dogs who've been through what Buddy has.
"He had some problems with the helicopters. If he was outside, he'd run in the garage and hide."
But these days, Buddy is doing well, and has 10 acres of land to play in...a perfect life for a dog that almost lost his just three years ago.