As of today, firefighters are working to contain the California wildfires, and evacuees are slowly being permitted to return to their homes. Statewide, there are still about 19,000 evacuees in shelters. And along with these evacuees are their pets.
Many pet owners said they would not have evacuated if they didn’t have places for their pets. Many shelters, hotels, and other evacuation facilities allowed owners to bring their pets. Pet crates, food, leashes and blankets were donated by many pet retailers and veterinarian’s offices.
One pet owner who was evacuated with his two Golden retrievers said, “Of course, I needed to find somewhere to go that allowed the dogs â€“ theyâ€™re a part of our family. Iâ€™m glad theyâ€™re allowed to stay with us and they donâ€™t have to stay outside in the smoke. I donâ€™t know how well theyâ€™d do without us. And I know we wouldnâ€™t do as well without them.â€
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