Wildfires Impact California Shelter Pets

The many large wildfires in California are having a devastating impact on people and their pets.  But what about the homeless animals in the path of the fires?

Many of these shelter animals are being evacuated from fire zones and are being brought to shelters in the San Francisco Bay area, so that pets displaced by fires can get emergency housing.

The Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) in Walnut Creek California is working to rescue homeless dogs and cats from shelters impacted by fire.  These animals are now available for adoption.

Click below to learn more about what ARF is doing to help these sweet pets!

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Animal Lovers Search for “Fire Cats” Lost in California Wildfires

A recent article in The New York Times highlights some amazing work being done by dedicated California animal advocates.

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.

A few found cats have yet to be claimed by anyone and are being housed at the Sonoma County Animal Services Department.

Images:  Jim Wilson/The New York Times.

 

 

Video: Family Dog Found Safe After Being Lost in California Wildfire

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: