Brave Firefighters And Volunteers Step Up To Save Pets And Creatures
By Catalina Barrios
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Imagine arriving home and seeing your house, and your entire neighborhood engulfed in flames, listening to people screaming for help and animals barking or making any noise they can to get their voice heard. This sad situation is not far from reality as it was something thousands of California residents had to deal with due to recent wildfires which saw over 200,000 people flee their homes, burning 50,000 acres of land.
Emergency crews have been working non-stop to save as many as possible, including pets, from this unforgettable catastrophe.
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The Los Angeles Police Department tweeted this picture of an officer carrying a cat down the street. In the background you can see a big layer of smoke. The officer’s mission: saving the cat. I love the LAPD’s motto: “To Protect and Serve”
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This 1,000 pound pig was transported to San Diego to escape the fire. The San Diego Humane Society’s focus has been rescuing pets and animals in the affected areas. Thankfully the pig received a well deserved nap after being rescued from what could have been the worst day of its life.
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These adorable kittens were found in the aftermath of the fire. Good thing the deputies who patrolled the area were able to find them all and bring them to safety!
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23 year old Kenny the horse was rescued after Gina Fox, a news reporter at Fox 11 Los Angeles, tweeted asking for help after posting a picture of Kenny stuck in a tiny gap. Shortly after, firefighters arrived on the scene.
Sadly, the California wildfires have destroyed hundreds of horse barns, killing at least 54 horses according to the California authorities.
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Firefighters are not only saving people and mammals, but also turtles. What matters is helping those in need.
What else has been done for these rescued animals?
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The Los Angeles Animal Care Foundation is providing equipment, supplies and training to first responders who rescue animals. The monetary donations they receive go towards food, shelter, veterinary care and the search efforts of reuniting the pets with their owners.
The Camarillo Animal Shelter has provided shelter to more than 400 animals during the fire. At the shelter, which has almost doubled its population due to the fires, even uses the deputy director’s office to temporarily shelter kennelled pets displaced by the fire. Their number one priority is saving the animals.