HSVC Aids Tulare County Animal Services in Fire Evacuations

On September 9th, 2021, the Sequoia National Forest erupted in flames in a fire now known as the Windy Fire. Less than a day later, another fire popped up soon to be dubbed the KNP Complex Fire. Both fires are located within Tulare County. As of September 27th, the Windy Fire had burned over 85,000 acres with only 2% containment and the KNP Complex Fire had burned approximately 47,000 acres with 8% containment. Multiple evacuation orders have been issued since the fires started, with thousands of people and pets displaced.

Officer King spotted a plea for help from Tulare County Animals Services (TCAS) on the CalAnimals’ email group. After receiving clearance from our Shelter Director, King contacted TCAS Animal Care Specialist Paula Mendoza to offer the HSVC’s assistance in relocating adoptable dogs. Mendoza communicated to King they were still desperately in need of assistance.

The next day, King and Officer Utter made the drive out to the TCAS shelter located in Visalia, CA. Upon arrival at the facility, King immediately noticed all the smoke in the air. “It brought back memories of working the Thomas Fire in Ventura County,” said King. “My heart went out to all of the people affected by the devastation.”

Five dogs in total were selected to transfer to the HSVC shelter. Though it didn’t seem like much, the TCAS staff was still very thankful to our Officers for their assistance and helping provide some much-needed space for their evacuees. Meanwhile, an additional evacuation order was issued in Tulare County for the fires.

“I was glad to be able to assist Tulare County Animals Services in their time of need,” said King. “This is why I do what I do.” The HSVC commends TCAS on its dedication to the animals in its community. Keep up the great work!

The HSVC is proud to work with multiple animal rescue partners and shelters throughout Ventura County and beyond. We offer our transfer and evacuation services free of cost to those in need. If you are interested in supporting our efforts, we ask you to consider making a donation to our Shelter so we may continue helping animals in need. Visit our website and select "General Use" under the Suggested Use of Donation dropdown menu to make a donation. Thank you for your support!

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