Remembering the Thomas Fire

December 4th is the three year anniversary of the devastating Thomas Fire of 2017. The blaze raged through Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties for over two months, burning over 281, 893 acres, destroying 1,063 buildings, and claiming the lives of 23 people directly and indirectly. The largest fire at the time, the Thomas Fire is now considered the fifth-largest wildfire in modern California history.


The Humane Society of Ventura County opened its doors 24/7 within hours of the start of the Thomas Fire, providing emergency services to those who were directly affected. More than 300 animals were evacuated and brought to our shelter seeking refuge from the flames. Staff and volunteers mobilized to provide food, water, shelter, and care for the displaced animals while their owners feared for the fate of their property. The outpour of support, both physical and financial, from our community and beyond was overwhelming. Thanks to the help of our supporters, the HSVC was able to provide emergency and disaster relief services at no cost to those in need.

The anniversary of the Thomas Fire serves as a reminder that a disaster can happen at any moment. The National Weather Services has forecasted Red Flag conditions through the weekend for Ventura County and neighboring areas. In preparation for future emergencies, we ask you to consider donating to our shelter in support of our disaster preparedness and relief services. The HSVC is a private nonprofit, meaning we rely 100% on the generosity of donors to help us provide our services to those in need. Your donation will help cover the cost of veterinary care, animal rescue, clinic services, utilities, 24-hour staffing, and much more. To make a donation and help animals in need, visit our website. Thank you for your support!

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