Here at the Humane Society of Ventura County, we are continuously impressed with the level of care our community shows to those in need. In the past few weeks, we have all witnessed the tragedies taking place across the state of California as wildfires continue to burn. The past week these fires were felt close to home as the Tick Fire, Getty Fire, and yesterday the Easy Fire, erupted right here in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
Our hearts go out to all those affected by these disasters, as does our respect and admiration for everyone who went above and beyond to protect the people and animals in danger's way. Many of the horses that were housed at the Humane Society of Ventura county were brought by kind citizens who had stepped up during a great time of need to transport animals into safety.
As trailers lined up in our driveway, staff worked side by side with our community members to make sure that each horse was properly documented and received the necessary care. Local volunteers, who had experience with horse evacuations from the Thomas, Hill, and Woolsey fires once again stepped up to show their support. Ojai Valley Feed donated a pallet of eco flake, while multiple hay deliveries arrived throughout the day.
While many of the animals have already been identified and picked up by their owners, there remain nearly two dozen horses in our care. "Our disaster relief serves, including shelter for pets at our property, will be ongoing, for as long as families need to figure a more permanent solution to their evacuation needs," commented director of community outreach, Greg Cooper.
The Humane Society of Ventura County has been gearing up for evacuated animals hoping that our efforts would never be needed, but the fires from the last two years have taught us that we all need to be prepared. As a private nonprofit animal welfare organization, we rely one hundred percent on the generosity of our community to offer disaster relief services to the people and animals of Ventura County and beyond. If you would like to support our ongoing efforts, please consider making a donation or purchasing an item from our Wish List.