The U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (located in Davis, California) is caring for injured cats from the deadly Camp Fire. While sad, the number of rescues, veterinary services, and volunteers stepping up to help these poor animals shows how well a community can come together during a natural disaster.
A Facebook post from November 13 explained how they’re helping cats in the path of the deadly California fires. From what I gather animal services in the various counties affected are bringing in the injured cats for treatment and holding them until an owner cat be located or until the cats are healthy enough for adoption.
“These are cats currently under care at the UC Davis veterinary hospital that do not have an owner identified. If you believe one of these may be yours, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need to provide photo ID of your missing pet if at all possible.
We will answer inquiries as soon as we can. Please be patient with our team as we manage this situation. We will add more images as unclaimed animals come into our care. We are not legally permitted to manage adoptions or temporary fosters for these animals.
If owners are unknown, they are technically the property of county animal services of the county they came from. They will remain hospitalized until they are healthy enough to return to those authorities and only they have the authority to foster or adopt them out. If you’d like to help contribute to their care, donate here.”
The owner to the cat pictured below has been identified. I’ve kept photos on this article to a minimum because they’re simply too heartbreaking. The album can be viewed here and is frequently updated. I caution those who get upset over animals in pain not to click on it.
There have been more than 10,000 structures destroyed by the Camp Fire, including homes. The total amount of evacuated residents for the Camp Fire alone remains at 52,000 people. The Camp Fire containment remains at 35 percent. (info from 10pm EST Wednesday night)
Please keep everyone involved in this tragedy in your thoughts and prayers. Especially the animals who are separated from their owners or who don’t have anyone at all.