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Wildfire Rescues

by sfox

Posted on September 1, 2009 at 9:10 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 27 at 10:59 AM

The Pasadena Humane Society and Los Angeles SPCA continue their animal rescue efforts as additional evacuations take place in California.


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The Pasadena Humane Society remains committed to doing everything possible to help animals and people affected by the fire. Since Friday, the Humane Society has taken in more than 200 animals that have been evacuated from their homes, doubling the number of animals being cared for at the shelter. The humane education classroom has been turned into a temporary cat care facility and the training room now houses more than 30 short-term dog kennels.

Staff members and volunteers continue to work long hours--some have worked more than 20-hour shifts--to take care of the increased number of animals. They are in need of donations of towels, blankets, potty pads and animal food. The current supplies of ice and water are sufficient.

Since Saturday, spcaLA's Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) has been dispatched to relocate cattle, horses and other livestock from a private ranch and to remove 4 llamas, 5 goats, 2 sheep and one pot-bellied pig named Oreo from Martine Colette's Wildlife Waystation (a sanctuary for wild and exotic animals). Additionally, spcaLA continues to provide staff and supplies to the Pasadena Humane Society, where many evacuees are sheltering pets. During the rescue efforts, one of spcaLA's response vehicles was badly damaged and will need to be replaced (no one was hurt).

With the command center set up at Hansen Dam, spcaLA's DART remains on stand-by as the fires worsen. Follow the spcaLA on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates.

Photo: Pasadena Humane Society