Whole Dog Journal's Blog November 15, 2018

Camp Fire: Dispatch from a Disaster Area

Posted at 09:28AM - Comments: (23)

One week ago, we were just trying to get a litter of puppies adopted. This week, there are hundreds of pets in my county - dogs, cats, horses, you name it - currently lost or homeless from the wildfires raging in California.

Wednesday, November 7

A week ago, my biggest concern was getting my foster puppies adopted. To that end, I managed to get an invitation to our local TV station, so they could be the “Pets of the Week” – a fun bit of video that airs on the broadcast news and can also be shared via social media. I bathed all my foster pups and picked the four most personable of the seven remaining, and took them to the station early. I brought an exercise pen and set it up in the station’s lobby, had all the pups potty outside, and then trooped them into the lobby to wait for the station’s meteorologist, Cort Klopping, to be free to tape the segment. At least a dozen employees of the station came out to pick up and hug the pups and pose for photos and send texts to friends they thought might need a pup. The puppies behaved SO well, and I thought it was a big success. I couldn’t wait for the clip to be aired and shared and all the pups to fly off the shelves, so to speak.

Thursday, November 8

The next morning, I dropped the pups at my local shelter (in Oroville, California) with high hopes a few would get adopted, and in fact, a couple came in and adopted one puppy that morning. But almost immediately following came the news that a forest fire had started near the town of Paradise, California, about 20 miles away. Even without TV or radio news, the fire was apparent; a huge column of smoke dominated the sky. Most foreboding was the fact that the smoke plume was going sideways; this meant there was a strong wind pushing and feeding the fire. By midday, the “adopt the puppies” project was forgotten; all local media and social media was about evacuation, emergency shelter sites for evacuated people and animals, and rescue. This fire had a name, the Camp Fire; it was so named after the road closest to the place where it started, Camp Creek Road.

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The morning the Camp Fire started. View from across a marina on Lake Oroville (low for the same reasons the forests are so dry: no rain!).

Just a few months ago, on July 23, there was a huge and deadly fire near (and then in) Redding, California, a city that is 110 miles north of me. That fire burned almost 230, 000 acres and more than 1,000 homes; eight people died in the fire, including three firefighters. It wasn’t 100 percent contained until August 30. It was this fire that was fresh in my nightmares when I wrote an editorial for the September issue of WDJ, pleading with owners to be ready to evacuate with their pets in case of any emergency.

By the afternoon, I was rushing around making own preparations to evacuate. There were high winds that day and the fire was blowing up and moving FAST – but sideways from east to west; I’m south and a bit east. For me, it wasn’t a matter of “LEAVE NOW,” just, “Get ready to leave soon, if need be.”

I brought my foster puppies to my home, so that they and my own two dogs were in the same place (and an additional four miles farther away from the fire). My husband and I filled up our car and truck with gas. I found all my dog crates, checked the connections, and padded them with blankets. Grabbed a plastic bin and stuffed it with dog food, bowls, and extra leashes. Filled a few water jugs and put them in the truck. I have extra dog collars that have my phone number stitched into the fabric, and I put one on each of my dogs and the puppies. From my office, I grabbed the folders that have all my dogs’ health records, my computer (a Mac mini, very small), my backup drives, and my cameras and chargers. At home, I watered the lawn and blew leaves away from the outbuildings. At last we felt sort of ready to go. We tried to gather what news we could, but it was tough; our internet had gone out and even the cell phones were getting only intermittent reception.

On the way back from my last trip to town, I saw the body of a dog who had been struck and killed (it was obviously dead) on the side of the road I live on. I made a mental note to go back in just a bit to go see if the dog had a collar or ID. It made me so sad to think about the fact that the dog had likely been a victim of someone’s rush or panic in the face of the fire.

But it was right about that time that I started getting texts from my good friend (and frequent model for WDJ), Sarah Richardson, who owns a boarding, training, and daycare facility called The Canine Connection in Chico, the next town directly in the path of the fire. Evacuation orders were being issued for the part of town immediately next to where her business is located – less than a mile from her – and she had 20 dogs boarding at her facility at that moment. Taking a page from the director of my local shelter, who had the foresight to evacuate her shelter a full week before she was ordered to when we had the Oroville Dam disaster almost two years ago, Sarah decided to pre-emptively evacuate her facility. She didn’t want to have to move 20 client dogs (and four of her own) in a panic. She rented some vans and her staff started loading dogs and crates into vehicles, and they hit the road with a plan to head north in a convoy of five vehicles containing staff members and dogs). Terrible traffic and a lack of options in that direction made them pause at a rest stop to reconsider where to go. I invited Sarah and the rest of the convoy to my house.†

Friday, November 9

They arrived around 2 a.m. Her staff walked the dogs and made sure everyone got to go potty and have a drink, and got the dogs settled in crates set up in an outbuilding on my property. By the time that was done, it was nearly dawn.

I took an opportunity to slip out and drive down the road to where I had seen the dog’s body. It was still there, a gorgeous black Labrador. She was wearing a collar with ID, but not a phone number for the owner. I contacted someone who I knew would know the dog, and the owner was notified. I will tell you more about this some other day; all I can say right now was that the loss of this dog was unbelievably tragic and I started crying that morning and I cry every time I think about it to this day. The dog’s death has not yet been announced by the owner, though it will be soon, I think. Someone was dispatched to pick up the dog’s body and arrange for her cremation.

It was surreal. I came back from this errand crying, but the day (Friday) was developing into real beauty. The sky directly overhead was robin’s egg blue, and the sun came out and warmed us all up as Sarah’s employees took the dogs out in small groups to potty and play. My dog Woody was beside himself with happiness, greeting each new group of dogs (boarders and regular clients of Sarah’s dog daycare) as they were released from their pens; he got to be the “play concierge” for the day and was thrilled, leading the groups on wild runs around my two-acre field. Sarah, her employees, and I were all stripping off sweatshirts and down vests until we were all in just short-sleeved T-shirts and soaking up the sun.

Sarah and her facility’s manager had been on the phone, leaving messages for the owners of all the boarded dogs, letting them know that the facility had been evacuated and their dogs were safe. Two sets of owners were near enough that they came to my house to collect their dogs; they were all incredibly grateful to Sarah and her staff for keeping their dogs safe.

I checked in with the director of my local shelter. We agreed that any adoptions would not be happening, and I would hold onto my foster pups for the time being.

But as the hours ticked past, the giant cloud of dark smoke gradually crept across the sky until it blotted out the sun. Ominously, the temperature dropped about 25 degrees in an hour. The playgroups sort of ground to a halt as we took in the latest fire news: that the firefighters had lit backfires on the edge of Chico to prevent the first from being blown any further into the city limits, and that the evacuation mandate for the area where Sarah’s business was located had been lifted. We loaded all the crates back into the cars and vans and The Canine Connection hit the road back to Chico. It was back to just me and my husband, my two dogs, and the six remaining foster pups.

I got a phone call from the director of my local shelter; she had been in touch with some shelters and rescue groups from elsewhere (places not threatened by the fire). Several were sending vehicles and volunteers to our area to transfer some of our adoptable animals to these out-of-area adoption centers. This would free up space in the shelter to receive animals we were sure to expect from the fire zone. She said a group coming from a town about an hour away wanted my puppies specifically, so I should bring them to the shelter. I burst into tears. First, the dog who had been killed on the roadside, and now I had to say goodbye to ALL of my foster pups in one fell swoop. I had wanted them adopted, but not like this.

But I’m just a foster provider; they aren’t my pups. I loaded them into my car and brought them into the shelter, kissing each one again and again as I carried them to their run, as I had done every day for the past few weeks. They were perfectly comfortable there, and all settled into their later afternoon nap. One of the kennel attendants asked me if I was all right; I could only wave miserably and sob, “My puppies!” He smiled sympathetically and kept moving. They know me well.

At 5 pm, the director called me again and said, “The rescue came and went without your pups; they are going to come back tomorrow and take them then.”

“I’m on my way!” I jumped with glee. What a weird reversal from just a couple days before. I wanted those pups OUT of here; now, I couldn’t bear for them to leave. If this sounds positively bipolar, it’s due to the raw emotions that accompany a disaster. Our internet service was restored just in time to receive news reports coming in of fire-related deaths and thousands of people and hundreds of animals evacuated. Social media was full of pleas for help rescuing hundreds of animals that had not been evacuated, but left behind the morning prior as people went to work before the fire had been reported and grown huge. The black Lab’s death on my road made the number of fatalities personal and vivid. Just thinking about leaving my dogs home for a trip to the store or something, and then being unable to go back to rescue them from a fire – it just stops the breath in my throat. So I bolted to the shelter to grab my foster pups and kissed each one all the way back to my car.

Saturday, November 10

In my area, there is a group we call “nav-dag.” The name is an improper pronunciation of its initials, which stand for the North Valley Animal Disaster Group. These folks – all volunteers – organize and staff the local response to fires, floods, horses stuck in ravines, cattle-truck turnovers, and anything else involving animals and disasters. The day of the fire, NVADG had sprung into action, mobilizing its volunteers at two established sites where, historically, animals who have been evacuated or rescued from local disasters have been housed and cared for until their owners could reclaim them. News reports showed volunteers walking dogs and cleaning cat cages at the two locations (Chico and Oroville) where evacuees were being taken.

california camp fire pet rescue

Humane Society of Silicon Valley came and took many adoptable animals from our shelter, to make room for fire evacuees.

I have been meaning to take NVADG’s training for some time, and know several people who are regular volunteers with the group. But the fact that I had not yet been to even one of the group’s orientations meant that I needed to stay out of their territory. Instead, I brought my pups to the shelter Saturday morning – a tad more composed than the previous sleep-deprived day – and got to work. The shelter staff was frantic. The Humane Society of Silicon Valley (HSSV) arrived that morning with two large vans and dozens of crates; they took on more than 70 of our shelter residents, animals who had stayed well past their legal “stray hold” time, and had either been languishing on the adoption row for quite some time, or had not even made it to the adoption row yet. In any case, they were not animals displaced by the fire, but had been at the shelter for weeks (and even months, in some cases).

california camp fire pet rescue

Adoptable cats staged and ready to go to out of the area shelters, in order to make room for fire evacuees.

As quickly as the HSSV could load cats (lots) and dogs (a few), our kennel workers were cleaning kennels and cages and moving animals. They were trying to make room on what is usually the isolation side of the shelter for fire evacuees. The shelter will be holding the evacuated and rescued dogs indefinitely, to give their owners as much time as needed to find, identify, claim, and ultimately regain possession of their pets. Holding these pets apart from the general population of stray and unwanted dogs will help their owners look for and/or visit them, until they are able to take them “home.” I helped the kennel attendants move dogs, find bedding, fill water bowls, and take dogs out to potty.

The vast majority of the dogs who have been rescued or evacuated from the fire zone are being held at the two sites operated by the NVADG group, but they are sending all the dogs who can’t be safely held at those sites to the Northwest SPCA, including dogs who are showing (understandable) aggression to the volunteers or other dogs, trying (or managing) to escape from their wire crates, or hurt themselves in an effort to do so. The shelter’s facility is far more secure, with permanent runs and highly experienced staff. Every day, a few more big and anxious dogs are transferred from the emergency holding site to the much-stronger (and fortunately, increasingly roomy) shelter.

Volunteers from the rescue group from a town about an hour away, Ruff Pack Refuge, started showing up and looking for things to do, and I sent them to an outdoor run to play with my puppies for a while. When their leader showed up, they started busying themselves with unloading donated food, kitty litter, towels, and other supplies they had collected for the shelter, and selecting more dogs and cats to take back to their area for fostering and adoption. I went outside and gave my pups my final goodbye kisses, tears running down my cheeks, as the volunteers looked a little awkwardly away. “This is the second time I have said goodbye to them! I didn’t think I would cry this time!” I explained, but I had to leave before they started loading the pups and other animals into crates for the drive to where they will next be made available for adoption. A little weeping is one thing; I didn’t want anyone to hear me sob.

Sunday, November 11

I meant to go help the kennel attendants clean the shelter on Sunday, just to give them a bit of a break. The shelter is closed on Sundays, and that makes the day a little easier for them anyway – but it was a moot point. I just couldn’t face the shelter. I needed a day off with my dogs. We didn’t even do much – no hikes or periods of throwing the ball. The air was just thick with smoke. We spent a serious amount of time on the couch together.

Monday, November 12

Officially, my local shelter was closed on Monday, a holiday. Unofficially, there were people coming to look for their evacuated animals and people bringing donations of pet food and blankets to the shelter. I had to work for part of the day, but I stopped by the shelter, too, and helped distribute fresh bedding to the dogs in the kennels.

Over the course of the previous days, the weather forecasters were predicting high winds and a much higher fire danger; fortunately, the winds never got as strong as they had been on the first day of the fire. And finally, on Monday, they died down altogether. The good news: This lessened the fire danger. The bad news: This allowed the smoke to drift over my town and just settle like a muddy pond. The air quality is just awful. The sun looks like a copper penny; the moon looks like an actual orange slice. No stars can cut through the gloom. A new number for the death toll of the fire is announced on the news each evening; it grows higher every day, though the fire hasn’t killed anyone since the day it started. Rather, “rescue” workers keep finding the bodies of people (and many animals) who perished in the firestorm on that first day.

I looked on social media for links to “my” puppies, and had to settle for photos that the rescue had posted of them with the volunteers who had fetched them. When I asked about them via email, I was told that they would send me the links when the pups had been cleared by the group’s veterinarian.

Tuesday, November 13

My major accomplishment for the day was taking my computer and cameras back to my office, and putting my work computer system back together again. I answered some emails and checked on the progress of articles for the next issue.

That evening, I drove with my friend Sarah to an agility class she is taking about an hour away. It gave us a chance to talk about everything dog- and fire-related. The class itself was very technical, geared toward folks who are experienced and immersed in agility competition. The dogs never came out of their crates, but the participants took turns practicing the footwork for precise turns and changes of direction and playing the part of agility dogs. It was interesting and fun – and it was nice to take a break from the bad air and the nightly press conference and increase in the death toll.

As I collapsed into bed that night, I got a text from Sarah: She had been contacted by someone at NVADG who said the group needed some qualified and experienced help.

NVADG’s most highly trained volunteers were working daily in the evacuated zones where the fire had first destroyed so much; only the most qualified volunteers were allowed in such a dangerous environment to look for and rescue surviving pets. Daily, they brought more and more animals down from the wreckage of Paradise to safety.

california camp fire pet rescue

Tony La Russaís Animal Rescue Foundation brought supplies to the Camp Fire animal evacuation sites.

In addition, NVADG’s regular volunteer corps was exhausted from caring for 1,365 animals – dogs, cats, rabbits, pet birds, chickens, ducks, geese and more – in two locations. All the animals are essentially living in crates for the time being, so an army of dog walkers (and cat cage cleaners) is needed to get the dogs out several times a day for relief. Many also require medical attention. Sarah asked me if I could join her and some of her staff members to help out at one of the animal evacuation sites in the morning, and I was more than happy to say I would.

I won’t say that the regular NVADG rules regarding the use of only volunteers who have been through the group’s training program are getting broken, just that the organization is about to gain some more very qualified and experienced volunteers who will undoubtedly go through the organization’s next training event when it’s offered – and in the meantime, the group will get some relief. I’m super happy to be able to go put my hands on dogs (and cats!) from the evacuation zone, and to be of more use.

I’ll let you know how those efforts go in a future post.

As of this writing, the human death toll from the Camp Fire stands at 56; the number of animals who lost their lives is incalculable. Over 52,000 people are still displaced from their homes by the still-burning fire, and 8,650 homes are confirmed destroyed. My heart goes out to all of those who have lost loved ones and/or their homes, and my deep admiration goes to all of those who are still working to make each day a little more comfortable for the evacuees.

If you are so moved, please consider a donation to one of these really terrific organizations:

North Valley Animal Disaster Group (help for animal victims of the fire)

North Valley Community Foundation†(help for human victims of the fire)

Comments (23)

late on reading this one, but I'm thrilled to see NVADG mentioned. I'm in Washington State. My neighbor lived many years in Paradise and Chico and has many friends still there. I asked her to ask friends for good groups to donate to and, in her wisdom, she specified animal groups for me. NVADG came back as the recommended animal group and this confirms for me that I sent some dollars the right direction. I pray for all of you, human and critter alike.

Posted by: sewbk'spups | November 23, 2018 2:14 PM    Report this comment

We appreciate all you have done and are doing and for sharing what happens in the aftermath of a horrific disaster. And thank you for providing the links to help support the people and animals.

When I was looking at the photos of the rescued cats, I noted that several of the cats look exactly like my indoor cat. He refuses to wear a collar, but he is microchipped. I suppose the rescuers check to see if the animal is chipped and try to contact the owner. Then, I remembered I have only provided my land line number to the microchip company! If my home was destroyed and/or telephone lines were down, that information would be useless. This was a wake-up call to update my info....

Posted by: xam | November 19, 2018 2:16 PM    Report this comment

I am so sorry for the horrific times you and others in CA have had to endure. I would be a basket case, to say the least. Now, speaking as someone who has spent many weekends travelling with 5 - 12 Jack Russell Terriers, I have a doggy bag which stays packed and usually in my car. It has leashes, collars, muzzles, brushes, combs and bandanas ( yes, soaked, they can cool down a dog, used as an emergency muzzle, to cover the eyes of a traumatized dog, or as a bandage). Plus a first aid kit that is better than my own. I also have a floppy vinyl loose leaf notebook that holds my dogs medical records, pictures, etc. Each dog had his/her own section. I use dividers and sheet protectors. Sheet protectors make it easy to slip the dogs' rabies, vaccinations certificates in right at the doc's office rather than using a hole punch every time. I keep hard copies of dog pix because if a dog should get loose or lost, it's a lot easier to find a copy center to make up posters with a print ready photo than it is to have to wade through pix in the phone or on a stick. I no longer have show dogs but I still have all that for my 3 rescues. My packed dog bag has come in handy 5 separate times when I came across wandering or injured dogs when I was just on my way home. When doing all that travelling I also kept colored coded break resistant glass bowls (the same type we used ever day) in zippered plastic bags. Color coded in case a dog gets a different amount or different food from the others. The stackable, metal water bowls also stayed in a zippered plastic bag in my car. When it was time to go I just added food, water and dogs. Needless to say, I spent more time packing for myself. Hope this helps.

Posted by: Cindie M | November 19, 2018 7:22 AM    Report this comment

Thank-you for your article about the Camp Fire. Please take care of yourself. The animals need you! Both my Mother and I sent checks. Our prayers are with you. Please be safe.

Posted by: Gldn4Ever@Again | November 18, 2018 5:40 PM    Report this comment

Please stop asking Nancy what to do! She gave lots of ideas and i doubt she has the time to respond to your comments.

What you can do based on this article:
Donate to navdog

This community foundation is supporting several shelters for Camp Fire victims:

Posted by: SadieSue | November 16, 2018 9:57 PM    Report this comment

Thank you Nancy for all you do, and for keeping our animal world united. Your stories and feelings of all your rescues always brings tears to my eyes. I have made a donation to NVADG, bout would not have know about them had you not put it in your email. I live on a ranch in southern Oregon, about 80 miles over the CA/OR border. I have room for large animals, and barn space for some small ones that do not need to be kept inside. I can transport some, depends on how many and what species. I could take some other pets that dont need to be kept inside also.

Posted by: redfield | November 16, 2018 7:27 PM    Report this comment

online company Entirely Pets will match donations to the NVADG, so if you
can give, go through their site and double your generosity.

Posted by: gavnightstalker | November 16, 2018 10:16 AM    Report this comment

Thank you so much for your dedication to helping all these animals! I have two senior dogs and can't imagine leaving them behind in case of evacuation so I am preparing in case I ever have too. I also care for a colony of barn cats at our nearby farm. I have less options for evacuating them obviously but I continue to try to find homes for the friendly ones. Two have been re-homed to indoor homes so far. I made a donation to NVADG. I never know exactly where to donate when these things happen. It is very helpful for someone like you to tell your story and let the rest of us know who is doing the rescue work. Thanks Again!

Posted by: angkaro | November 16, 2018 8:36 AM    Report this comment

My heart goes out to the everyone - animals and people. This fire is such a huge tragedy. Thank you for the detailed description of all the efforts being done for the animals. So many caring and dedicated people! I am in the south bay area and the air quality is bad here. I can't even imagine how bad it is there.

Posted by: CaDreamer | November 15, 2018 11:16 PM    Report this comment

I am in Auburn...There are a (huge!) group of us who want to help! Weíve all donated to RedCross and to whatever animal rescue group we can find. Our eyes are red from the smoke our hearts are saddened by the loss. Give us ideas. Iíll take in a few rescues. I know people who will help with cats, dogs and horses. Keep posting your articles. Iíve been waiting to hear from you. This is a tragedy beyond comprehension. Whatever any of us can do weíre there

Posted by: cbachwalk | November 15, 2018 10:06 PM    Report this comment

Thanks for providing all of us a legitimate way to get our funds to those who need it the most. We are on the other side of the hill but have had many wildfires and floods and work with the animal shelter as volunteers helping walk and exercise the dogs. When the fires hit we help in anyway we can to evacuate the animals or help in anyway we can. That is what it is all about. Bless you for all you do!!!

Posted by: gailandan | November 15, 2018 8:21 PM    Report this comment

I am so proud of you and all that you do for the many communities you belong to and support. I've been with you as a subscriber almost from the beginning of WDJ and have watched as your skills and accomplishments have grown and grown and grown. You are an amazing, talented, generous, skillful, intelligent, caring, professional woman and that is just a small piece of the total that is Nancy Kerns. Thank you for your devotion to dogs, dog owners, family, community and this crazy world we live in! I really appreciate you and your voice.

Posted by: EllenM | November 15, 2018 6:48 PM    Report this comment

I live in Sacramento with room for a few dogs. How can I help foster?

Posted by: spill | November 15, 2018 5:36 PM    Report this comment

My heart is broken for all these people and animals. You have made this disaster very real to me. I will donate and hope that it will help in some small area of need. Bless you for the work you do and for the dedication. I am overcome with gratitude for your work and that of others who are tirelessly doing all they can to help.

Posted by: Mbenton | November 15, 2018 5:15 PM    Report this comment

Thank you so much for sharing your story Nancy. If itís okay Iíd like to post a request for transportation help from anyone who lives in the Chico/Paradise area. I volunteer for Lilyís Legacy (lilyslegacy.org), a senior large dog rescue based in Petaluma. Alice Mayn, the founder, called me a few minutes ago. There are 2 dogs (a bonded pair - 1 large, 1 small) that she is taking in. They need to be transported from Paradise to Fairfax (LLís vet) by Saturday. If there is anyone out there who could help with transporting these dogs, even part way, would you please call Alice at: (707) 787-7010. That number is the sanctuary number. She checks for messages frequently. Thank you!

Posted by: CathrynS | November 15, 2018 2:47 PM    Report this comment

Although I now live in Washington state, Chico is my hometown, and my dearest childhood friend and her family live in Paradise. I have been watching this nightmare unfold in abject horror, as the scenes of overwhelming loss, devastation and grief flood the news. My thoughts and prayers are constantly with you all, and my heart breaks for beautiful little Paradise and her inhabitants. Bless you, Sarah and all the countless other first responders and volunteers for your selfless, brave and heart-wrenching work. Thank you, too for links to reliable donation sites. Great is the need, but people are good and stand ready to help. Please keep updates coming as you can, and know that you are held close in heart.

Posted by: Jeanne S | November 15, 2018 2:43 PM    Report this comment

What a heartwrenching story, Nancy...I too am in northern CA, and because I'm only about 80 highway-miles from the fire area, on Sunday I took my therapy dog Joey up there and we spent the day at the evacuation centers in Chico and Oroville, trying to bring some small measure of comfort to the people who have lost so much. We're planning to go back again this weekend...Joey brought so much joy to so many folks, even if just for a few minutes. Be well, and take care of yourself.

Posted by: JoanM | November 15, 2018 1:15 PM    Report this comment

So grateful the world has people like you! Thank you, thank you, thank you for all you are doing for these animals. Stay strong!

Posted by: drwl | November 15, 2018 1:04 PM    Report this comment

I wish I could post this on facebook. So people can know! I'll keep checking your profile to see if it is available. What a mess.

Posted by: MStevens | November 15, 2018 1:00 PM    Report this comment

Thank you for sharing your experiences with the Camp fires pet evacuations. It was so heart-wrenching to read all that you go thru to care for your dogs & evacuating others. God Bless you & all others who are caring for so many pets. I am sure it is a very difficult job worrying about them & your own pets, homes, family & safety. My prayers for all of you in the California fire area. I pray that God will stop these fires soon & allow you all to return to more normal lives.

Posted by: Flowerwood | November 15, 2018 12:58 PM    Report this comment

Thank you so much for taking the time to share. I knew you were close to the area of the Camp Fire and have been checking the Facebook site for a while to see if you had posted. My heart goes out to everyone there, and you have my gratitude for all of your hard work to take care of the pets and the people involved.

Posted by: wollfie | November 15, 2018 12:44 PM    Report this comment

You and all the members and volunteers are angels. One of my dogs is a sweet Black Lab, and tears came to my eyes to hear about her sad death. Believe me, if I wasnít literally on the other side of the country, Iíd be right there pitching in in a heartbeat. (Iím a pro at cleaning kitty condos from my volunteer work at my local shelter.) My prayers go out to all the animals in distress and the angels like you that work so hard to save them. Thank you for all you do.

Posted by: Morgansmom01 | November 15, 2018 12:30 PM    Report this comment

Tears are flowing... So many thanks to be offered! And very likely few folks understand the tremendous efforts by so many - both for people and for animals. I'm overcome by these brave efforts. I've made a donation and if it were at all possible, I'd be there to help. I hope and pray that there are brave and caring folks ready to respond wherever a disaster might occur. Thanks so very much for sharing and for all you do!

Posted by: Narrowdog | November 15, 2018 12:27 PM    Report this comment

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