A shelter to the north asked to borrow one of our transport vans. They had been asked to help transport and house animals from a shelter that needed to evacuate due to the fires, but didn’t have a large enough van.Sunday, 8pm:A few of our staff members headed up to drop off the van so the shelter would be able to spring into action first thing Monday morning.
Plans changed. Another shelter near the fires had received an evacuation notice. They needed to evacuate their current shelter animals and asked us for help.
Our team jumped in a van and headed up to rescue 11 dogs and puppies. These guys had already been available for adoption at the shelter, and would now be making a location change to look for their new homes.
One of our staff member’s brother, who graciously joined us on our 3am drive. By the way, that ain’t a sepia filter – that’s just smoke in the background.
We were happy to help, but didn’t want to abandon our friends to the South. Now that one van was loaned out and the other was picking up animals in the north, we needed a way for the Central Valley animals to get to us. Thankfully, the shelter offered to drive them up for us.
Wahoo! We made it!
The 11 dogs from the northern fire area arrived at our shelter.
The 37 Central Valley animals arrived as well.
Our teams got to work. We set up our Community Room as a temporary triage area and started assessing dogs, vaccinating them, and sending 31 of them out to foster homes. The rest were moved into rooms to wait for spay/neuter surgeries, and then adoption space.
We are so grateful for our community’s support – because of you, we have the ability to step up and help when other shelters need us. Lifesaving takes a village, and we have the best village ever.
As for these 48 animals, they’ve been through a lot. But we’re so happy that they’ll now get to find their forever homes. If you’ve been thinking about adopting, now is the time to do it. These guys are already making their way to the adoption floor, and more will be coming over the next few days and weeks.
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