Last week Southern California experienced over three dozen wildfires. Fueled by a heatwave and crazy winds the fires spread quickly, tearing through San Diego and displacing over one hundred thousand people and their pets in mandatory evacuations. While there are people doing good every day, it is in times of great natural disaster that you truly see the humanity of strangers coming together to help one another and last week was no exception.
There are so many to thank for their selfless actions during the San Diego fires, first and foremost the fearless firefighters who risked their lives to save others. Anxious families waited home while their loved ones went off to fight the blaze, and we want to extend a special thank you to these brave men and women, our firefighters! The winds made these blazing fires even more dangerous yet they fought day after day to put them out.
The San Diego Humane Society is always working to protect animals and during last weeks events they worked even harder to ensure all pets were cared for whether with their families or not. By providing animal evacuation and support efforts the SDHS not only housed displaced animals while their families were evacuated, but they went back into evacuated areas to search for animals in danger who may have been left behind and kept the community informed via social media throughout the entire ordeal. For those who were not able to evacuate their animals themselves, the Animal Rescue Reserve provided the assistance needed to get all animals to safety. They also offered supplies, beds, and food for those who had been evacuated.
And finally a heartfelt thank you to the first responders, volunteers, helpers, and supporters who selflessly contributed during the fires. The community really stepped up to take care of each other and because of that thousands of animals are safe and happy today.
Humane Law Enforcement team: Officer Beeson & Officer Seuferer check evacuated homes for animals in San Marcos.
Officer Austin Seuferer calls in a horse trailer for response. A horse, goat, & sheep needed emergency evacuation.
Pet owners had the option of sleeping alongside their pets so they aren't separated while at evacuation centers.