With hundreds of thousands of Southern California residents fleeing the wildfires, authorities and volunteers are also saving the pets and livestock left behind.
The County of San Diego Department of Animal Services, Los Angeles Animal Services, and the Humane Society of the United States are all working together to rescue the pets and livestock in evacuated areas.
Pet owners have been stationed at emergency campgrounds where pets, including dogs, cats, horses and even goats, and their pet owners are taking refuge. Horses are even being housed in mall parking lots.
Curtis Ransom of the Humane Society said, “It’s a whole different situation from Katrina; people are taking care of the animals. The message has gotten out. It’s a horrible disaster, but as far as the facilities and the willingness to take in animals, I don’t think there’s any hesitation.”
Many shelters have opened their arms to house pets. One shelter said they could even house an elephant.
Lt. Daniel Desousa said workers have been so busy rescuing pets, that there aren’t any estimates yet on how many animals have been saved.
Desousa added that in his 19 years on the job, this is the worse series of wildfires he has seen.
If you would like to help, here are a few postings from organizations that could greatly benefit from any assistance:
1) A plea from San Diego Humane for:
horse supplies-hay (timothy and grass), halters, lead ropes, and tons of portable corrals.
They expect to house and care for 500 to 1,000 horses.
If anyone is able to help with supplies please contact:
Community Programs Manager
San Diego Humane Society and SPCA
5500 Gaines Street
San Diego, CA 92110
2) CONTACT SUSIE TO BE ON-CALL FOR EVACUATION OR LOADING/UNLOADING ANIMALS:
PHONE (only use this number): 661-251-6669
Contact by EMAIL is preferred.
We need loving people to come to Animal Acres and help feed and water our rescued rescues. We also need:
Containers for water
Everything you can think of for farm animals to make them comfortable and calm.
If you come to Animal Acres, let them know Susie sent you their way. That way we’ll know if this system works.
We need folks on standby — in case Animal Acres needs to evacuate — with:
Ability to load and unload panicked animals