Southern California Fires

October 23, 2007

I’ve had several people, including friends and family, contact me in concern over the Southern California fires. Thankfully, Kevin and I, and both of our families are unaffected. We are all doing well. :)

For us, the fires are about 43 miles north of us (1 hour drive), in Malibu, and about 106 miles south of us (2 hour drive), in San Diego. Sure, we can smell the smoke in the air because of the blustery winds, but that is the extent of what we are experiencing.

I’ve been thinking, however, that I can’t just sit here on my duff and watch as people and animals need help. As stated above, San Diego is only 2 hours away. I can even go for an evening and help out. My friend Cat and I have been throwing the idea around of volunteering down there over the last hour or so. If I go down there, it won’t be for very long because I have work and appointments to tie up loose ends before our trip that I have to keep.

As usual, though, I want to jump in, but considering that I am still dealing with somewhat severe health issues (toxins in my lungs, liver and blood) from the post-Hurricane Katrina animal rescue work I did New Orleans, I am leery of making things worse with the possibility of inhaling smoke.

Of course, I will keep you updated if we do go volunteer and if anything changes.

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Chaplain Nancy October 25, 2007 at 1:05 pm

For those of you who are interested in helping out monetarily with the animal rescue and animal emergency housing that is needed because of the California wildfires, here are a few places that are helping to save the animals. They could use your donations.

SPCA – Los Angeles
http://www.spcala.com

New Leash on Life (Castaic area)
http://www.newleash.org/home.asp

(click from main page on each to read about their efforts.)

On the human front, the Red Cross is always the first out there on the scene and the first to help people.
You can donate to the Red Cross Los Angeles at:
http://www.redcrossla.org/

or the Red Cross San Diego at:
http://www.sdarc.org/site/pp.asp?c=erKQL4NQE&b=127361
Residents evacuating their homes are asked to take all companion animals with them. If possible, place your pet in a crate or carrier and bring any necessary supplies including leashes, food, water, and medications as supplies at evacuation centers may be limited. More tips: http://www.sdhumane.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Ter_Disasterpreparedness

Most Red Cross evacuation centers are accepting pets in carriers. If you do not have or were unable to put your pet in a carrier or need pet supplies, bring your pet to one of the following Red Cross evacuation centers:

El Camino High School – NO PEOPLE, ONLY ANIMALS
400 Rancho Del Oro Dr. * Oceanside, CA 92057
Space for horses, livestock and small animals

Fiesta Island – ACCEPTING 500 OWNERS AND THEIR ANIMALS
1500 Fiesta Island Rd * San Diego, CA 92109

Qualcomm Stadium – SMALL PETS ONLY
9449 Friars Road * San Diego, CA 92108

Mira Mesa High School – FULL
10510 Reagan Road * San Diego, CA 92126

Camp Diggity Dog – FREE BOARDING TO DOGS DISPLACED BY FIRES
1835 Imperial Ave * San Diego, CA 92102
619-702-4090, Bark [at] CampDiggityDogs.com
DIRECTIONS: http://www.campdiggitydogs.com/

LARGE ANIMAL EVACUATION:
Del Mar Fairgrounds – FULL

Lakeside Rodeo Grounds – FULL
Hwy 67 & Mapleview St.

IF YOU NEED EMERGENCY EVACUATION FOR YOUR ANIMALS OR LIVESTOCK:
CALL: 619-236-4250 and press “1″ for emergency services

ANYONE WITH STABLE OR AREA TO HOUSE EVACUATED LARGE ANIMALS & LIVESTOCK:
CALL: San Diego Humane Society, 619-299-7012

San Diego Humane Society
http://www.sdhumane.org

THE HUMANE SOCIETY ALSO NEEDS PORTABLE LIVESTOCK PANELS FOR TEMPORARY CORRALS:
If you have these available for use, CALL: 619 299-7012

VOLUNTEERS & SUPPLIES:
Volunteers and supplies are not needed at this time, but the San Diego Humane Society is keeping a list of names for people interested in helping.

* TO HELP, DONATE: secure2.convio.net/sdhss/site/Donation2?idb=1781347065&df_id=1620&1620.donation=form1
* Or CALL: 619-299-7012

Also, VCA animal hospitals have also offered to board animals involved in southern California evacuations for FREE. Boarding assistance for pets is based on space availability at individual VCA Animal Hospitals throughout Southern California. Call the one closest to you for more information:
Alhambra VCA Mission Animal Hospital 626-289-3643
Arroyo Grande VCA South County Animal Hospital 805-489-1361
Bellflower VCA Lakewood Animal Hospital 562-633-8126
Big Bear City VCA Lakeside Animal Hospital 909-866-2021
Burbank VCA Animal Hospital (Burbank) 818-845-7246
Canoga Park VCA Companion Animal Hospital 818-340-1569
Cypress VCA College Park – Ana Brook Animal Hospital 714-827-6861
Encinitas VCA North Coast Animal Hospital 760-632-1072
Glendale VCA Arden Animal Hospital 818-246-2478
Hermosa Beach VCA Coast Animal Hospital 310-372-8881
Hesperia VCA Victor Valley Animal Hospital 760-244-8022
La Mesa VCA Grossmont Animal Hospital 619-697-0082
Laguna Niguel VCA Aliso Viejo Animal Hospital 949-643-0437
Lake Forest VCA Saddleback Animal Hospital 949-586-4250
Lake Forest VCA Arroyo Animal Hospital 949-770-1808
Long Beach VCA Los Altos Animal Hospital 562-421-3749
Los Alamitos VCA Rossmoor-El Dorado Animal Hospital 562-598-8621
Los Angeles VCA Miller-Robertson Animal Hospital 310-657-7050
Los Angeles VCA Petville Animal Hospital 310-313-9118
Mission Viejo VCA Mission Viejo Animal Hospital 949-582-1220
Monrovia VCA Santa Anita Animal Hospital 626-359-3281
Palm Springs VCA Desert Animal Hospital 760-778-9999
Pasadena VCA A Breed Apart Animal Hospital 626-795-4444
Rancho Mirage VCA Rancho Mirage Animal Hospital 760-346-6103
Reseda VCA McClave Animal Hospital 818-881-5102
Ridgecrest VCA Crestwood Animal Hospital 760-446-7616
Rolling Hills Estates
VCA Silver Spur Animal Hospital
310-541-3331
San Diego VCA Angel Animal Hospital 619-291-0042
San Diego VCA Hillcrest Animal Hospital 619-299-7387
San Diego VCA Main Street Animal Hospital 619-232-7401
San Diego VCA West Bernardo Animal Hospital 858-485-7570
Santa Fe Springs VCA La Mirada Animal Hospital 562-921-3539
Santa Monica VCA Santa Monica Dog and Cat Hospital 310-453-5459
Santa Monica VCA Wilshire Animal Hospital 310-828-4587
Spring Valley VCA Paradise Valley Animal Hospital 619-475-9770
Temecula VCA El Rancho Animal Hospital 951-296-3898
Torrance VCA Clarmar Animal Hospital 310-371-2474
Torrance VCA Kennel Club Resort & Spa 310-539-2201
Upland VCA Central Animal Hospital 909-981-2855
Venice VCA Marina Animal Hospital 310-306-8707
Victorville VCA Mesa Animal Hospital 760-245-0109
Woodland Hills VCA Parkwood Animal Hospital 818-884-5506

This information was shared as a public service by your Animal Chaplains at http://www.AnimalChaplains.com. Please call the agencies directly if you need assistance.

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