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Dog’s tail of survival in Moore tornado launches local “Paw signing” event

Moore tornado damage May 20

Moore tornado damage May 20

OKLAHOMA CITY – A local Humane Society is launching an event to raise awareness about pets lost in the 2013 Moore tornado.

Central Oklahoma Humane Society will observe the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Moore tornado with the release of a book that chronicles stories of pet rescue efforts in the days and months following the disaster.

A public launch event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 18 at Full Circle Bookstore, located inside 50 Penn Place at 1900 N.W. Expressway.

“Hope After the Storm” is a 60-page, hard-covered coffee table book that illustrates stories of cats and dogs as they were reunited with their families.

OK Humane housed and cared for many of the displaced pets at its disaster relief facility.

The organization tended to each animal’s injuries and searched for the pet’s owners. OK Humane took in a total of 151 dogs and cats starting the night of the tornado. Of these, 88 were successfully reunited with their families, the rest were adopted.

Achilles, a Husky featured in the book, will do a “paw-signing” at the launch event.  The family pet hid in a bathroom during the storm, and disappeared after their home was destroyed.  Video of the reunion: