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As the devastating wildfires continue to spread across California, more people and animals are at risk of losing their lives. While some were fortunate enough to evacuate to a safe area, wildlife and some pets were left behind to fend for themselves. The death toll continues to rise for people and animals, making Camp Fire the most deadliest wildfire on record in California.
Animal rescue organizations and shelters are stepping up to help animals left behind. They are going into the scorched areas to look for animals in need. They are taking in all types of animals, thanks to the amazing and brave volunteers they have on hand.
Camp Fire is raging through Northern California, while Woolsey Fire burns in Southern California. Camp Fire destroyed the city of Paradise and everything in it, including animals. California Wildfire Pets was searching the area and discovered a badly burned ginger cat.
They immediately brought the cat back to the shelter to receive treatment. The rescuers named the cat Billiegirl. The photo of her being rescued went viral. It was a miracle she survived and people were so relieved she was safe. Sadly, it was a short-lived miracle.
The rescue posted a photo in attempt to find the cat’s owner. They posted, “Are you missing an orange tabby kitty from the area of Billie Rd in Paradise?” along with a photo of Billiegirl. The heartbreaking photo shows the barely recognizable cat. Not long after, the post was updated to inform everyone that the poor cat had passed away.
Billiegirl is just one of the unfortunate animals killed by the fires. Countless wildlife and unaccounted pets are adding to the tragedy and loss. Some people tried to get back to their homes to save their pets, but the roads were closed, so now they are desperately searching to find them.
“The fire was coming up the canyon and they closed off the road and I couldn’t get in,” states Jane Sharman Barnes, who also was looking for her dogs after her home burned, reported KPIX. “I was probably 3 or 4 miles from my house and I couldn’t get to them.”
The Butte County Sheriff’s Department has deputies patrolling the areas looking for animals as well as people. Any animals they find are give water and food that was donated by North Valley Animal Disaster Group. They advise people looking for lost pets to contact the local shelters. California Wildfire Pets Facebook page has hundreds of animals that were found, as well as posts about missing ones.
“In the event Deputies locate an animal that is sick or injured, Animal Control is contacted to transport the animal to a shelter where veterinarians are able to give the animal the care it needs,” posted the sheriff’s office. “We don’t have the resources to transport every animal to a shelter, but we are doing all we can to help animals located during this time.”
People are not giving up and will continue to search and rescue animals in need. If you live in the area please put out water and food for wildlife. Animals and people need your help.
Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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