Many pet cats fled their homes during the devastating wildfires that swept through Sonoma County. Quite a few of these cats remain missing.
A woman named Jennifer Petruska has made it her mission to track these cats down every night since the fires. So far, she and her team have found more than 70 cats, but they believe dozens more remain lost.
This volunteer group calls itself Pet Rescue & Reunification. They set up night vision cameras and traps with food in places the lost cats are thought to be hiding. The traps are checked every hour until morning.
Many people who lost their homes and all their possessions in the fires are still heartsick over the loss of their cats. Animal experts say that cats flee danger by instinct and can survive in hiding for weeks. This gives rescuers and owners hope that the cats are still alive.
There have been so many sad stories of loss coming out of the areas of California currently experiencing devastating wildfires. The owners of a Bernese Mountain Dog named Izzy expected the worst when they hiked through their neighborhood, destroyed by fire, searching for the body of their dog after she went missing in the firestorm.
They got to their family property, expecting a grim discovery, but still called for Izzy. To their surprise, Izzy came running towards them, out of the still-smoldering rubble. Watch the heartwarming video here:
Due do the recent heat wave in Southern California, it is important for pet owners to be prepared to include their pets in their disaster plans. Here are some tips as outlined by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA).