August 14, 2018

Wildfire Response: An Up-Close Look at ASPCA Rescue Efforts

ASPCA responders assisted more than 5,600 animals in the wake of wildfires in Northern California.

At the request of Lake County Animal Care & Control and its animal disaster response team, Lake Evacuation & Animal Protection, the ASPCA deployed to Lake County to come to the aid of cats, dogs, horses, birds and other animals impacted by the wildfires. 

Our responders arrived at the scene, where we assisted local agencies with field rescues and emergency sheltering. Smoke filled the air as we searched for animals, and provided critical care and medical treatment for those we found, including a stray dog and her pups, and a cat who had an upper respiratory infection.

We were also called to check on animals in areas of mandatory evacuations, where pet parents were not able to reach their pets in time and could not access their homes.

While responders brought food to animals, helicopters conducted water drops to get water to the areas where animals needed it.

In addition to getting the food and water they needed, frightened animals were comforted by responders who gave them care and love.

Animals rescued from the wildfires were examined and treated by veterinarians, and placed in the hands of local shelter workers and caregivers. One tiny piglet we found had suffered burns but is recovering well after treatment.

While in the care of Lake County Animal Care & Control, stray kittens received a much-needed bath by an ASPCA responder.

We were honored to work alongside the staff of Lake County Animal Care & Control, some of whom were in temporary housing themselves, as the wildfires had displaced them from their homes. Still, they worked to help animal victims who could not help themselves. We are grateful for their commitment.

We thank all our dedicated friends, partners and supporters who step up to help animals in times like these. Please consider making a donation today to help the ASPCA continue all our lifesaving efforts for animals most in need.