California Wildfire Relief: Your Donations At Work

North Valley Animal Disaster Group volunteer Debbie Silcox gives a rescued cat a rub and a kind word Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Paradise, California. (Dan Reidel -- Enterprise-Record)

(HELP ANIMALS/DISASTER RELIEF) As wildfires continue to blaze on opposite ends of California, first responders are working tirelessly to help both human and animal victims alike.

While a number of Southern California residents are being allowed back in their homes after the Woolsey Fire destroyed an area the size of Denver, over 50,000 people in Northern California remain displaced from the Camp Fire in Butte County.

So far, Global Animal Foundation distributed $3,000 to help committed animal rescue organizations as they work around-the-clock to rescue and care for the countless pets and other animals impacted by these devastating fires.

Volunteer Rick Anderson assists two horses in Paradise. These horses were later trailered to the large animal shelter. Photo Credit: North Valley Animal Disaster Group
North Valley Animal Disaster Group volunteer JT rescues a burned cat during the Camp Fire. Photo Credit: North Valley Animal Disaster Group

In Northern California, North Valley Animal Disaster Group (NVADG) is currently housing more than 1,862 animals at its three emergency shelters. The rescue is also actively checking on the welfare of animals in evacuation areas when safe and transporting them to shelters as needed.

Luckily, a few animals have already been able to reunite their their families. But with such a large number of animals in Butte County’s shelters and many more animals behind fire lines in need of rescue, NVADG called on the International Fund For Animal Welfare’s (IFAW) disaster response team for support with emergency sheltering and rescue efforts.

“It’s not just cats and dogs that are arriving in shelters, but also chickens, bearded dragons, horses, pigs, goats, rabbits, brightly-colored macaws, and rats too — all receiving the unique care they need,” IFAW said in a statement.

Horses are turned loose at the top of Las Trancas Canyon in Malibu as the Woolsey Fire approaches. Thanks to the Humane Society of Ventura County, all three horses are now safe and accounted for. Photo Credit: LA Times

Meanwhile in Southern California, at the peak of activities from the Hill and Woolsey fires, the Humane Society of Ventura County (HSVC) took in 269 displaced animals–including dogs, cats, birds, horses, donkeys, pigs, chickens, and other animals.

On November 13th, the Humane Society of Ventura County Animal Emergency Rescue team picked up two horses who were rescued from a burnt down property in Malibu.

The horses received immediate care for their injuries and burns at Humphrey Giacopuzzi & Associates Equine Hospital, and were then transported back to HSVC where they will remain in their care as long as necessary.

As other animal shelters close, HSVC will remain open and will continue to accept animals from families who were evacuated from the fires as long as there is a need.

These two bunnies were brought back to VC Animal Services after being rescued off a property in peril in Malibu. Although incredibly frightened upon their arrival, the two have since settled in and are doing well in their new temporary enclosure. Photo Credit: Humane Society of Ventura County

Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS) is also making a big impact caring for 322 evacuated animals since the start of the Hill and Woosley fires throughout Ventura and Los Angeles County. This total includes 219 livestock animals, 55 dogs, 39 cats, and nine rabbits across three different shelters, in addition to the shelter’s preexisting 660 stray and surrendered pets.

In the Twitter thread below, witness a recovering rabbit with burns over much of his body after he was discovered along the road in Thousand Oaks, a Ventura County wildfire zone. He’s currently in good hands with a VCAS Bunny Brigade foster family receiving one-on-one care. He’s on pain meds and antibiotics for his eyes, ears, and nose, and is improving with each passing day.

Meanwhile the California Wildlife Center, a wildlife medical care and rehabilitation facility in the heavy-hit Malibu area, was forced to evacuate all of their animal patients.

California Wildlife Center volunteers safely evacuated all of their animal patients during the Woolsey Fire in Malibu. Photo Credit: California Wildlife Center

Luckily the facility was spared, but there’s a long massive cleanup effort ahead due to smoke and ash damage. Not only will exterior enclosures need to be thoroughly cleaned before they can house patients again, but air conditioners and duct systems will need to be flushed to ensure healthy air quality for animal patients in the ICU, surgical trailer, and Orphan Care Units.

What’s more, the center estimates a loss of more than $4,000 worth of refrigerated medications and food for animals due to extended power outages.

These animals need our help now more than ever, and these rescue organizations cannot make a difference without the generosity and compassion of readers like you.


Global Animal Foundation continues to collect donations to help animals affected by the devastating California wildfires. 

All proceeds will be dispersed between 1) North Valley Animal Disaster Group, 2) International Fund for Animal Welfare, 3) Humane Society of Ventura County, 4) Ventura County Animal Services, and 5) California Wildlife Center to help rescue and care for lost or injured animals.

Please consider supporting the efforts to save animals in critical peril. Your compassion in action and support of Global Animal Foundation can help save the lives of animals in crisis.