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Tornado Survivor’s Story Helps Animals

Written by Michelle Kretzer | March 28, 2012

Greg Cook and his dog, Coco, became Internet sensations when the pictures of their emotional reunion following this month’s Category 5 tornado spread like wildfire across Facebook and Twitter. Greg wasn’t home when the twister hit in Limestone County, Alabama, and as he made his way through his neighborhood, which the storm had destroyed, he feared he would never see Coco again. When Greg spotted his leveled home among the wreckage, the chances that Coco had survived looked even bleaker.

A Miracle

Greg crawled through a window of what used to be his home and was wading through the piles of debris when he spotted Coco—soaking wet, shaking, and terrified but alive. Greg’s emotion at that moment is evident as he tells his story in a video that he shot for PETA to urge guardians to make sure that their animals will be protected in case of a disaster.


Don’t Leave It to Chance

Greg and Coco were fortunate—but many other animals and their guardians have not escaped disasters unscathed. Greg encourages all animal guardians to prepare for natural disasters in advance. Here are some top tips:

  • Make sure that animals are wearing a collar or harness with current ID tags.
  • Get animals microchipped and keep your information current with the microchip company.
  • Keep current photos of animals in your wallet or purse to help rescue teams identify them.
  • Keep current medical records—along with phone numbers for the animals’ veterinarian and local boarding facilities—in an easily accessible place.
  • Make an emergency evacuation kit that contains leashes, medicine, water, food, litter, and phone numbers of hotels that welcome animals.
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  • chander kumar soni says:

    god’s gift.

  • Lisa says:

    Your pets are just not pets they are part of your family your best friends they are allways there for you,like Greg said he’d lost his home but found Coco alive building and possessions can be replaced buta man’s best friend cant. So nice to read that Greg went back to look for Coco and didnt give up on him i bet Coco was very realived what a reat bond they have i would do excatly the same for my animals they are your family

  • ViktoryiaN says:

    Animals can not be replaced. Once they come into our lives, they become part of us. Greg´s advices are very thoughtful. You never know what can happen, and we should have our beloved pets prepared for any kind of emergency. I´m happy for Coco, he is loved and safe!

  • Valeria says:

    That´s the kind of thing I´m afraid of. I have a beautiful cat that I love so much, and she´s alone most of the mornings. I live in a city where earthquakes are frecuently. And I´m worry that maybe one day, something horrible happen to my place and I can´t find her.

  • Stephanie says:

    I’m glad Greg and Coco made it through this okay. I hope they’re able to rebuild their home and stay safe together.