After the devastating fire that completely destroyed the town of Paradise, California, the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is bringing some folks a little relief.
The veterinarians and students are working overtime at the the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine trying to reunited lost and injured animals with their worried owners. The Camp fire burned more than 151,000 acres and demolished over 12,000 structures.Seventy-nine people are confirmed dead and another 699 are still missing.
Another aspect of the tragic fire are the animals. Many were displaced in the fire and had to fend for themselves to get out. The North Valley Animal Disaster Group have burned and 12,200 structures have been destroyed by the since it started on Nov. 8. The fast-moving blaze killed at least 79 people and another 699 are still missing.
In the aftermath of the fires, thousands of humans as well as animals have lost their homes and been displaced. The North Valley Animal Disaster Group posted a message on Facebook saying it has 1,798 pets being housed in emergency shelters. It reads:
Good morning Butte County.
We have 1,798 pets in our emergency shelters as of this morning. Keep in mind this does not included the animals our evacuation teams are sheltering in place.
We have received a lot of messages from the public about our unclaimed pets. We want to get every pet back to their families ASAP. A website has been created for you to view our lost animals and you can also find other sources to help locate your pets. www.CampFireRescuedAnimals.com
IMPORTANT: Please DO NOT email requests for service to our website email address. Call our hotline between the hours of 8:00 am and 7:00 pm.
We appreciate the support of our partners during this unprecedented fire event.
If you want to donate to NVADG, please consider a cash donation. It gives us the flexibility we need and we will definitely need it! Donate on our website or send a check to NVADG, PO Box 441, Chico, CA 95927. We are loaded up with material donations of food and supplies. Thank you for your generosity.
At this time we do not need additional volunteers. Caring Choices is processing thousands of applications to fill our shelter staffing needs.
There have been a number of questions about veterinary medical bills. If NVADG personnel or Animal Control staff takes the animal to a local veterinarian or vet clinic, those bills will be covered. However, if another organization brings the animals in for care, those costs will be borne by that group or the owner.
Training to be a NVADG volunteer is a commitment of time and effort. If you are willing and able, our next new volunteer training is January 19 & 20, 2019. We would love to see you there.
The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine has been doing its part to care for as many injured animals as it can, happily reuniting the pets with their owners and posting photos of others in hopes of a reunion.
Get out the tissues.
We're not sure we can take it.
Thank you to all of those who have worked tirelessly to reunited the animals to their people.