Gulf Coast families were forced to abandon thousands of their beloved pets as Hurricane Katrina devastated the area five years ago. Many of the lucky animals found new homes across the country thanks to regional rescue organizations. Val, a yellow lab, arrived in Chicago weak, injured and emaciated -- today, he's thriving as part of Ilene Fine's family. Val works as a therapy dog and is one of the main characters in a children's book Fine wrote to raise money for animal shelters and sanctuaries.
Published in Brief: