The devastation in parts of California is almost impossible to comprehend. For all of us, our thoughts not only go to the many people who have lots their homes, but also to the animals, especially the cats, who are affected by these fires.
I’ve found myself repeatedly weeping looking at photos of rescued cats and other animals. The fear and pain these poor creatures must have felt just rips my heart out. I’m not posting graphic images of injured animals here on this site. I have instead chosen to focus on a few images that communicate that even in the midst of horrific disaster, there’s always hope, and there are always some happy endings.
Many organizations have been working tirelessly for weeks to rescue as many animals as possible and to reunite them with their humans. They can all use our help.
Veterinary Catastrophic Need Fund at UC Davis
The Veterinary Catastrophic Need Fund provides veterinary medical treatments at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital for animals that are injured in wildfires, natural disasters or other accidents. They have been taking in hundreds of cats. The tortie below was one of their happy endings: she was reunited with her human.
North Valley Animal Disaster Group
The North Valley Animal Disaster Group created a database of more than 2,000 animals rescued during the Camp Fire in hopes of reuniting these animals with their humans. You can check out the online catalog here. It is beyond heartbreaking. This is going to be a long, long road for human and animal survivors and a long haul for everyone who is working so hard to help these animals.
Chico Hospital for Cats Camp Fire Evacuation Fund
Our friends at Chico Hospital for Cats have started a GoFundMe to help the cats affected by the Camp Fire. Funds will go toward helping out any family who needs assistance in the wake of this tragedy. Many of these cats will be experiencing the stressful side effects of being evacuated from their homes and living in new environments.
Butte County Fire Cat Rescue
This GoFundMe was created by Shannon Jay, a National Park Service officer who has spent well over 800 hours rescuing cats and pets during previous California fires. He self-deployed to the Camp Fire in Butte County and needs help saving as many cats as she can. He created the heart-touching video below as a tribute to all fire cats.
San Francisco SPCA
The San Francisco SPCA has been taking in animals from the affected areas and is maintaining large photo albums on their Facebook page in hopes of reuniting found animals with their humans.
If you can’t donate, share, share, share!
If you are unable to donate, you can still help these cats and other animals. Share the links to the North Valley Disaster Group database on your social media outlets. Keep sharing the photo albums of rescued animals. The more people see them, the better their chances of being reunited with their humans.
If you know of other organizations working in the affected areas, please post the information in a comment.