Last Updated on: December 5, 2018 by Ingrid King

Photo via North Valley Animal Disaster Group Facebook page

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.

Click here to donate.

Photo via UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Facebook page

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.

Click here to donate.

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.

Click here to donate.

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.

Click here to donate.

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.

Click here to donate.

Photo via San Francisco SPCA Facebook page

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.

11 Comments on How You Can Help Animals Affected by the Camp Fire

  1. Doris Day’ s people are also rescuing. I’ve been making donations to the people I know are going up to get animals needing rescue and care. But I worry about the wild animals and don’t see any info about anyone trying to do something for them. Food and water for raccoons? deer? …

  2. Thank you so much for this info, Ingrid. We already donated to the North Valley Animal Disaster Group, Chico, CA, while waiting for you to recommend animal rescues. Will donate more to all 4 institutions you listed.

    We ourselves were evacuated from wildfire this summer. First, in late May, we had to dash back home from Salt Lake City (where we were for doctors’ appointments) because of a big wildfire only 6 miles from Happy Cats Ranch (our home). Then, right after, there was another wildfire only 3 miles from us. Even though the first wildfire got eventually under control and the second was put out after a week, we decided to evacuate to a (then) vacant property we own in town, as our canyon is highly endangered by wildfires. Before our evacuation property was all prepared, there was yet another wildfire, 3 miles from us, between us and town, endangering the escape route from our canyon. When I saw the smoke column, I called Dispatch and was told that they were just issuing mandatory evacuation orders for our canyon and we had half an hour to get out. By the time we had all of our 15 cats in our bug-out vehicle (a little school bus) and a helper went to fetch the dogs while my husband tried to catch our 9 chickens (not an easy task during daytime), the mandatory evacuation order was lifted because the wind had turned. But we had had it. We continued with our evacuation and stayed at the evacuation place in town until late September, when heavy rainfalls let us hope that the wildfire danger was over.

    Due to global warming, we expect the wildfires to get even worse in future years. So we are presently renovating a little old house we own in a quite wildfire-safe area, 15 miles from Happy Cats Ranch, to spend all future summers there. The house is on 1.3 acres, in a very cat-friendly neighborhood. The property is also bordering irrigated agricultural land. We are so lucky to own this property (which we bought in 2017 at the yearly County Tax Sale). We were also lucky to have this property in town vacant (where no neighbors complained about our animals, even though there are only 4 pets allowed within city limits). Most people affected by wildfires are not this lucky.

    It breaks my heart to think of all the (human and animal) tragedies caused by wildfires, here in the American West. And this year’s California wildfires are the most horrific I have ever heard of. So my husband and I want to help as much as we can.

    • Oh my goodness, Lilo, you had some close calls! I’m glad you found an option to be safe during the summers. I can’t even imagine having to evacuate with that many cats! Thank you for donating. The need is just overwhelming.

  3. this is wonderful! I donated last week to two different California organizations, these are just great, thanks!

  4. BEAUTIFUL tribute! thank you Shannon!~ my heart goes out to ALL animals of the fires, floods, hurricanes, etc. Thanks to ALL the rescuers for these babies….Please make sure you have an escape plan for your animals also! and get them chipped.
    God bless them all…..

  5. Every time I see a picture of one of the animals hurt from the fire it breaks my heart all over again. We will be donating when my husband gets paid again.

  6. Thank you for this info. Very Important to get this message put there. Shared! & will make a donation on Friday ( payday) <3

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