10 years after Hurricane Katrina, a rescued dog finally finds a home

Yogi was one of the countless displaced pets from the U.S. Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina made landfall a decade ago. This 7-month-old pit bull was in rough shape; he was hairless, had mange and a brutal sunburn. His story of being lost, found and loved is nothing short of heart-warming.

Dr. Jennifer Stobbe, one of the veterinarians who arrived in the region to help, brought Yogi, along with 55 animals, back to her clinic in Mississippi.


That was where Yogi lived for six years. He even became a blood donor to help save the lives of other dogs.

Oh, he was loved, but he never did find a permanent home. He bounced to a humane society in Colorado, then moved to the Best Friends Animal Society in southern Utah, where staff and volunteers also fell in love with him. It took a while, but someone finally wanted to take him to their home.

“Nearly 10 years to the day that he was rescued from the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, our beloved Yogi has finally found his very own family,” the sanctuary explained. “We promise that this is one happy tear-jerker of a video that you don’t want to miss.”

We whole-heartedly agree.

Best Friends Society, which was founded in 1984, describes itself as the largest no-kill sanctuary for pets in the United States.

During Hurricane Katrina, the organization says it provided shelter and medical care for more than 4,000 pets from the New Orleans area, as well as transportation for another 2,000 animals from the area around Gulfport, Mississippi.

You can learn more about its work during the storm in a new blog by co-founder Francis Battista.

Oh, and Dr. Stobbe, now Jennifer Wellman, posted her glee about Yogi’s good fortune on her Pampered Paws Animal Hospital Facebook page.

“What a wonderful story,” she wrote. “It’s a happy day.”


Photos Best Friends Society

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