Communities Rally Together to Help Animals Displaced by California Wildfires

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By Kendall Curley    November 13, 2018 at 05:00PM

 

Image via North Valley Animal Disaster Group/Facebook

 

The California wildfires have displaced countless families and forced many to evacuate. The Woolsey fire in the city of Thousand Oaks has affected people from Malibu all the way to Calabasas and Bell Canyon. The Camp Fire has now become the deadliest wildfire in state history, having killed 44 people as of November 13. Neither fire has been contained and there are ongoing efforts to ensure humans and animals alike are evacuated or rescued in the aftermath.

 

CNN reports, that in the aftermath of the wildfires, “Searchers combing through the charred areas have rescued hundreds of animals—including dogs, cats, horses, donkeys, ducks, and a tortoise.” They continue, “Now, community organizations and good Samaritans are rallying to shelter the displaced animals and reunite them with their owners.”

 

Currently, CNN says the Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control (DACC) is providing shelter for a total of 815 animals—from dogs and cats to horses, pigs and donkeys—and that number continues to grow. And even with such high numbers, DACC has posted on their Facebook that they will continue to accept animals into the shelter.

 

 

In Butte County, the Camp Fire is still spreading, and firefighters and emergency responders are working tirelessly to not only evacuate humans but also the animals that may have been left behind during the panic.

 

 

To help with the ongoing efforts and the animals affected by the wildfires of California, there are a few organizations that are currently accepting donations.

 

For the Camp Fire, the North Valley Animal Disaster Group is currently working tirelessly to provide care for displaced animals. In a November 12 Facebook post they shared that currently have 1,451 animals in their care, including 130 horses, 82 chickens, 46 sheep, 8 pigs, 185 cats and 161 dogs.

 

To donate, you can use their Facebook page:

 

 

Caring Choices is also a nonprofit organization that is working tirelessly to help humans and animals in Butte County, and as they explain on their website, “We want to remind folks that this is a marathon and not a sprint. We will need more volunteers throughout the disaster response and recovery efforts.” They are working with North Valley Animal Disaster Group and are acting as the point of contact and coordination for a multitude of volunteer services.

 

 

For the Woolsey fire, there is the Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control, Humane Society of Ventura County and Ventura County Animal Services.

 

 

If you would like to help with the efforts to help the wildlife affected by the California wildfires, you can donate to the California Wildlife Center.

 

 

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