Here at the Humane Society of Ventura County we never imagined the level of kindness and support that would be shown to us amidst a disaster like the Thomas Fire. As a small nonprofit with a staff of around 20 people the shelter was able to be at the forefront of animal rescue efforts throughout the county because of the tremendous support we received from across the nation.
In the past two weeks the Humane Society of Ventura County has had volunteers from all of the state flock to the shelter to help care for animals displaced by the Thomas Fires. These individuals came prepared with not only supplies but also smiles and goodwill. It's been a wild ride and not over yet, but we wouldn't have been able to do any of it without our volunteers.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the 400+ people who came out to the shelter in Ojai to assist with our rescue efforts. From helping with feedings to cleaning around the shelter, these amazing people offered up their free time to help animals displaced by the fires. "There really are no words to describe the outpouring of support we have received. I feel like so many people have become part of the HSVC family and it brings tears to my eyes,” says Volunteer Coordinator Amanda Volden.
Thank you to everyone who offered to help and those who were able to make it to the shelter to volunteer. You have made a difference in these animals lives and in each of ours!