The massive camp fire that started early last Thursday near Chico in Butte County has been the most destructive wildfire recorded in the history of California. By Monday, the blaze had almost hit 117,000 acres and destroyed more than seven thousand structures.
While the human death toll has crossed 40, there are a number of animals who couldn’t be rescued on time. As wildfires raged, people were forced to evacuate, without getting much time to rescue their pets.
Now, various California community rallies and kind Samaritans are providing shelter for the animals, with the sole motive of reuniting them with their owners.
On Friday evening, around 815 rescued animals displaced by the Woolsey and Hill fires in Ventura County were in shelter of Los Angeles County Animal Care & Control. Out of which 550 were horses.
Allison Cardona, Deputy Director of South County operations, said, “This is a devastating event. It has covered and impacted such a large area.”
Hundreds of animals, including cats, dogs, horses, tortoises, ducks and donkeys have been rescued from the charred areas.
At Butte County’s Chico Airport, a shelter has been set up by a volunteer-run rescue group to provide a temporary home to the displaced animals.
The North Valley Animal Disaster Group, which works with the law enforcement, has received more than 5,000 calls since the camp fire started. At the moment, 1,400 animals are under the care of the group, which includes reptiles, ducks, rabbits, an alpaca and many more.
Help for furry creatures is pouring over in every possible way. Many have taken over the social media to reunite the humans with their lost animals.
A page with the name of California Wildfire Pets has been launched on Facebook and twitter by Chrissy Morin, Michelle Hurst and Marilyn Litt, all three located outside California. The women have been trying to reunite pets and owners digitally since 2012. They put in same efforts after Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Harvey also.
“We use Facebook pages instead of groups because of the ability for them to be 100% public and searchable and we can organize the pets into albums so pet owners & finders can look through easily,” Morin told media. “By having organized albums on Facebook we are able to help people look.”
Another organization in the California communities rally, Butte County Humane Society is setting up pet food and supplying pantry once the owners and pets are reunited.
Katrina Woodcox, Executive Director of Butte Humane Society, told media, “The rebuilding will take over many months, and we want to provide food, supplies and support.We want to take that worry away from them as they rebuild their lives.”