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California fires: How you can help
October 24, 2007
[Update 8:54 a.m. Wed: I’ve posted the complete, unedited text of information on how to help just sent to us. We’ll be tracking updates and confirmations as we can, but in these situations rescuers and groups are pretty busy, so that will be difficult (plus, we don’t want to take time away from their work. Go to the bottom and click “more” to ge the e-mail. … Gina]

More word tonight from Liz Palika, still on alert in her home near the fires, but not under evacuation at this time:

I have been asked by several people what is needed for those who have evacuated. I can only answer from my perspective up here in Northern San Diego county.

San Diego is the headquarters for Petco and they and other businesses have been very generous. There are pallets of dog and cat food at both Qualcomm Stadium and the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Plus, the majority of pet owners seemed to leave more prepared this time and brought many supplies with them.

However, horses are another story. Del Mar Fairgrounds is sheltering 2000 (yes, 2 thousand!) horses and needs food. Many people, like myself and my trainers, are sheltering a few horses here and there. We have a half a dozen at our dog training yard (luckily there is grazing there) but two of my trainers have about two dozen horses at their individual homes in their backyards and many other people are doing the same thing. People notify the media or local feed stores and post a note that they can take in horses. I know my trainers are going through hay and feed in a huge way.

Myself, I again have a garage full of small reptiles and critters but they eat significantly less.

If anyone would like to make a donation that can go towards feeding refugee horses, I would be happy to be the point of contact. I would like to help my trainers who opened up their yards, plus the horses sheltered at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. I could also contact the local feed stores; they will know who needs help.

My reptile rescue group, North County Reptile Rescue, is a 501c3. Donations can be sent to me Liz Palika, 250 Flame Tree Place, Oceanside, CA 92057.

You can also contact the Helen Woodward Animal Center in San Diego. They are a wonderful organization and will put donations to work there, also. After the Cedar fire, they nursed back to health a very elderly horse who had been badly burned.

We’ll probably have more information on how you can help sometime Wednesday.

Click for more information after the jump:

First a plea from San Diego Humane for:
horse supplies-hay (timothy and grass), halters, lead ropes, and
tons of portable corrals.

They expect to house and care for 500 to 1,000 horses.

If anyone is able to help with supplies please contact:
Stacey Zeitlin
cp@sdhumane. org
Community Programs Manager
San Diego Humane Society and SPCA
5500 Gaines Street
San Diego, CA 92110
619-243-3424
www.sdhumane. org
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KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER RELIEF
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RELIEF GLOBAL
10/23/07: Animals Caught In California Wildfires: How To Help
KINSHIP CIRCLE’S DISASTER VICTIMS SITE:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/

COMPREHENSIVE ALERT ABOUT ANIMALS AFFECTED IN SOUTHERN CALFORNIA
WILDFIRES: As of today, nearly a half million people have evacuated. Homes
are GONE. Noah’s Wish says this is approaching Katrina-like proportions,
with fierce winds spreading fires…

READ CAREFULLY, if you want to help. Many listings below show info to DONATE
and/or VOLUNTEER. Anyone certified with Noah’s Wish, EARS, or other disaster
relief orgs should be on standby to deploy.

As during Katrina, however, Kinship Circle has no control over the
ever-changing logistics of a disaster.

10/23/07: How To Help Animals In California Wildfires

UPDATE: Fire Evacuation For Gentle Barn - Cows Trapped. Horses Afraid.
UPDATE: As Flames Engulfed Animals At Gentle Barn In Santa Clarita, CA…
San Diego Animal Evacuations: Where They’re Welcome/How To Help
Southern California VCA Hospitals Offer Free Boarding
Animal Evacuation Order Issued For Topanga Canyon
High Winds Bring Displaced Doggies To Blown-Down Ranch
Evacuated Horses Streaming into Pierce College As Fires Spread
Flames Threaten San Diego Wild Animal Park
Massive Evacuations Ordered As Onslaught Of Fires Spreads
MORE REPORTS/RESOURCES FOR ANIMALS

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1. UPDATE: Fire Evacuation For Gentle Barn - Cows Trapped. Horses Afraid.
DATE: 10/22/07
FROM: Lorri Bauston, President, EMERGENCY EVACUATION UPDATE: Fortunately, because of the dedication of
volunteers and individuals who helped us buy animal transport trailers, WE WERE ABLE TO SAFELY EVACUATE ALL OF GENTLE BARN’S ANIMALS, and the animals
are now being cared for at Animal Acres…

Given the state of emergency in southern California, it is clear that
additional fire evacuation areas need to be established for farm animals,
and we are focusing all our efforts on this over the next two weeks. We
DESPERATELY need YOU to help with this effort.
HOW TO HELP FARM ANIMALS IN FIRE EVACUATIONS:
1. VOLUNTEER AT ANIMAL ACRES: Come to Animal Acres to help care for
evacuated animals here.

Caregivers needed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
No appointment necessary
Directions to Animal Acres: http://www.animalacres.org
2. HELP ESTABLISH EMERGENCY EVACUATION PROTOCOL: Help set up an emergency
evacuation area for the Animal Acres animals. The more volunteers who can
pitch-in, the sooner a site can be ready for evacuation needs.

Volunteers needed to put up fencing and other jobs.
Volunteers needed EVERY DAY from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Let us know what day(s) you will be joining us.
CALL: 661-269-5404 or EMAIL: [email protected]
3. DONATE FOR EVACUATION NEEDS: Your donation, in any amount, will means so
much. We URGENTLY need funding for:

Temporary housing sheds
Evacuation site fencing and corrals
Water troughs and water hoses
To purchase an additional transport trailer to evacuate ALL animals immediately.
DONATE ONLINE: http://www.animalacres.org/donate.html
On behalf of ALL of us at Animal Acres, and the animals who need our
assistance at this difficult time, THANK YOU.

Lorri Bauston, President, ANIMAL ACRES
5200 Escondido Canyon Road * Acton, CA 93510
ph: 661-269-5404; fax: 661-269-0194
email: [email protected] * website: http://www.animalacres.org
Animal Acres is a Los Angeles farmed animal sanctuary and compassionate
living center directed by Farm Sanctuary co-founder Lorri Bauston.

DIRECTIONS TO ANIMAL ACRES:

Located approx. 40 minutes from Los Angeles.
Take Interstate 5 North to Highway 14 North (Antelope Valley Hwy towards Palmdale).
Take Highway 14 North approximately 18 miles.
Take the RED ROVER MINE ROAD exit;
the exit will curve to the right; take the first LEFT (you’ll be on Ward Road), and this road ends at ESCONDIDO CANYON ROAD.
Take a LEFT on ESCONDIDO CANYON ROAD.
The Sanctuary is the first farm on the left; look for buildings with red tiled roofs and mailboxes in front of driveway.
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2. UPDATE: As Flames Engulfed Animals At Gentle Barn In Santa Clarita, CA…
DATE: 10/22/07
FROM: Susie V Kaufman, [email protected]

Sunday and Monday, as flames engulfed the animals at Gentle Barn in Santa
Clarita, CA , Kinship Circle urged volunteers to bring transport trailers
and willing hands to both Gentle Barn and Animal Acres. You were advised to
notify Susie Kaufman, if able to help. Below is Susie’s update on the
evacuated animals.

CONTACT SUSIE TO BE ON-CALL FOR EVACUATION OR LOADING/UNLOADING ANIMALS:

PHONE (only use this number): 661-251-6669
EMAIL: [email protected]
Contact by EMAIL is preferred.
We need loving people to come to Animal Acres and help feed and water our
rescued rescues. We also need:

Food!
Bedding!
Containers for water
Everything you can think of for farm animals to make them comfortable and calm.
If you come to Animal Acres, let them know Susie sent you their way. That
way we’ll know if this system works.

We need folks on standby — in case Animal Acres needs to evacuate — with:

Trailers, trucks
Ability to load and unload panicked animals
It’s AMAZING how many of you love animals that much!
With all my heart, Susie, [email protected] * 661-251-6669
DIRECTIONS TO ANIMAL ACRES:
Animal Acres, 661-269-5404
5200 Escondido Canyon Road * Acton, CA 93510

Located approx. 40 minutes from Los Angeles.
Take Interstate 5 North to Highway 14 North (Antelope Valley Hwy towards Palmdale).
Take Highway 14 North approximately 18 miles.
Take the RED ROVER MINE ROAD exit;
the exit will curve to the right; take the first LEFT (you’ll be on Ward Road), and this road ends at ESCONDIDO CANYON ROAD.
Take a LEFT on ESCONDIDO CANYON ROAD.
The Sanctuary is the first farm on the left; look for buildings with red tiled roofs and mailboxes in front of driveway.
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3. San Diego Animal Evacuations: Where They’re Welcome/How To Help
DATE: 10/23/07
SOURCE: http://www.sdhumane.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ter__HarrisWitchcreekFire
SOURCE: http://www.cbs8.com/
COMPANION ANIMAL EVACUATION:
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, eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%42%61%72%6b%40%43%61%6d%70%44%69%67%67%69%74%79%44%6f%67%73%2e%63%6f%6d%44%49%52%45%43%54%49%4f%4e%53%22%3e%42%61%72%6b%40%43%61%6d%70%44%69%67%67%69%74%79%44%6f%67%73%2e%63%6f%6d%44%49%52%45%43%54%49%4f%4e%53%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')): http://www.campdiggitydogs.com/

LARGE ANIMAL EVACUATION:
Del Mar Fairgrounds - FULL

Lakeside Rodeo Grounds - FULL
Hwy 67 & Mapleview St.

CALL: 619-236-4250OU NEED EMERGENCY EVACUATION FOR YOUR ANIMALS OR LIVESTOCK: 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

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: https://secure2.convio.net/sdhss/site/Donation2?idb=1781347065&df_id=162... Or CALL: 619-299-7012

4. Southern California VCA Hospitals Offer Free Boarding
DATE: 10/23/07
SOURCE: http://www.kpfk.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3448&Itemid=87VCA animal hospitals throughout Southern California are offering free
boarding through Nov. 5 — on a space-available basis — for animals whose
owners have been evacuated or displaced as a result of the firestorms.

Pet owners should call ahead to double-check, but VCA facilities in Los
Angeles and Orange counties that may have space available include:

– Burbank, VCA Animal Hospital, 818-845-7246
– Canoga Park, VCA Companion Animal Hospital, 818-340-1569
– Cypress, VCA College Park-Ana Brook Animal Hospital, 714-827-6861
– Glendale, VCA Arden Animal Hospital, 818-246-2478
– Hermosa Beach, VCA Coast Animal Hospital, 310-372-8881
– 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
– 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
– Pasadena, VCA A Breed Apart Animal Hospital, 626-795-4444
– Reseda, VCA McClave Animal Hospital, 818-881-5102
– Santa Monica, VCA Santa Monica Dog and Cat Hospital, 310-453-5459
– Santa Monica, VCA Wilshire Animal Hospital, 310-828-4587
– Woodland Hills, VCA Parkwood Animal Hospital, 818-884-5506
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5. Animal Evacuation Order Issued For Topanga Canyon
DATE: 10/21/07
FROM: Kate Danaher, [email protected]
SOURCE: http://cbs2.com/topstories/local_story_294195436.html

EDITED FOR LENGTH
(CBS) LOS ANGELES Owners of horses and large animals in the Topanga Canyon
area were ordered Sunday to evacuate their animals immediately, as officials
said animal owners in areas affected by wildfires should evacuate their pets
early. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles
County Fire Department issued the animal evacuation order for Topanga Canyon
Sunday afternoon because of a windblown, 1,200-acre wildfire that began in
Malibu Sunday morning and is bearing down on the canyon.

MALIBU & AGUA DOLCE AUTHORITIES’ EMERGENCY ANIMAL HOTLINE:
[Animal caretakers] call 818-991-6384 for help with emergency evacuation.

TOPANGA COUNTY SHELTER FOR SMALL ANIMALS [CATS, DOGS]:
Agoura Hills Shelter
29525 Agoura Road in Agoura Hills

TOPANGA COUNTY SHELTER FOR LARGE ANIMALS [HORSES]:
Pierce College Equestrian Center in Woodland Hills
Horse owners were advised to enter the college via El Rancho Road, east of
DeSoto Avenue, a quarter mile south of Victory Boulevard.

REST OF STORY: http://cbs2.com/topstories/local_story_294195436.html

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6. High Winds Bring Displaced Doggies To Blown-Down Ranch
New Leash On Life Needs Your Help
DATE: 10/22/07
FROM: Kate Danaher, [email protected]
SOURCE: http://nlol.org/winddisaster.asp
Late last night (Sunday, October 21) high winds ripped four of our exercise
pens off the ground and sent them flying. Currently they are residing where
they landed last night. Some are slung over the kennel and into the pool
area, others just upside-down in the middle of our exercise area. We need
help to secure these structures down and make the ranch safe as we are also
expecting a large influx of displaced dogs from the fire evacuations.

The Castaic Animal Shelter has already put in a call to our office to ask
for a place to put all these unfortunate doggies. If you can come help us at
the ranch today in any capacity, please do. The high winds continue to
threaten the ranch as the already destroyed pens are hanging on rooftops and
sticking to trees. Thank you for helping us in this time of need.

NEW LEASH ON LIFE
16742 Placerita Cyn. Rd. * Newhall, CA 91321
661-255-0097 or 818-710-9898 * [email protected]

DONATIONS:
https://www.nlol.org/donationform.asp

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7. Evacuated Horses Streaming into Pierce College As Fires Spread
DATE: 10/23/07
SOURCE: http://www.lapc.cc.ca.us/
Horses in evacuated areas threatened by the Malibu and other fires raging
this week are finding safe refuge at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, a Los
Angeles County large animal emergency evacuation center. As of noon on
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 153 horses had been logged in, sheltered and fed under the
direction of the L.A. County Volunteer Equine Response team.

HOTLINE: 818-991-6384
A temporary emergency Command Center phone number for the public to get
evacuation information for large animals.

Pierce can house more than 200 large animals, and additional evacuation
centers are being set up by the County, so the public should call the
Command Center hotline for direction.

Horses are taken in for free at Pierce, and a veterinarian is onsite.
Trained volunteers from Pierce College’s equestrian program and Boots and
Saddles Club are assisting the county rescue effort, night and day.

EMERGENCY CENTER GUIDELINES:

No stallions
Bring a water tub and medicines for your animal
Please bring feed if you can
PIERCE COLLEGE LOCATION:
6201 Winnetka Avenue in Woodland Hills
Enter the campus off De Soto Avenue just south of Victory Blvd.
Turn east onto El Rancho Road.

FOR SMALL ANIMALS (DOGS, CATS):
Call the Agoura animal shelter: 818-991-0071
Evacuees in Ventura County call: 805-388-4341

DONATIONS:
Donate to: “Foundation for Pierce College Equine Emergency Fund”
Mail to: Foundation for Pierce College
6201 Winnetka Ave.
Woodland Hills, CA 91371
Or call the Foundation: 818-703-0826
Pierce College donates its equestrian facility, volunteers, food and
supplies to this rescue effort. Generous community members and local
businesses including numerous feed stores and Ralph’s in Woodland Hills and
Olive Garden are bringing in “feed” — for both horses and volunteers.

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8. Flames Threaten San Diego Wild Animal Park
DATE: 10/22/07
SOURCE: http://cbs2.com/local/local_story_295121707.html

(AP) SAN DIEGO, Calif. The sprawling San Diego Wild Animal Park has been
closed to visitors and staff. Flames are threatening its eastern end.

Smaller animals, including California condors, were moved to the park’s
hospital Sunday. Other animals are being kept in their large field
enclosures, which are considered to be safer because the vegetation is
sparse.The northern San Diego County park, encircled by fire breaks, is home
to about 3,500 animals.

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9. Massive Evacuations Ordered As Onslaught Of Fires Spreads
DATE: 10/23/07
FROM: Kate Danaher, [email protected]
SOURCE: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/la-me-fire23oct23,0,4293348.story?page=3&coll=chi-ed_opinion_publiced-utl

EXCERPT FROM STORY:
The sheer ferocity and sweep of the firestorm, and the scale of its impact,
created surreal images throughout the region.

In the Rancho Bernardo area in north San Diego County, more than 1,500
people, 2,200 horses and other animals, including chickens, a zebra and a
zorse (a cross between a zebra and a horse), took refuge at the Del Mar
fairground and racetrack.

At least 5,000 people were evacuated to Qualcomm Stadium, home of the San
Diego Chargers, inviting comparisons to Hurricane Katrina evacuees who were
housed in squalor at the Louisiana Superdome. The scene at Qualcomm, though,
could hardly have been in sharper contrast.

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10. MORE REPORTS/RESOURCES FOR ANIMALS
Emergency Animal Rescue Service [EARS] Resource Page:
http://www.uan.org/index.cfm?navid=358

10/21/07: Santa Barbara County Maintains Sedgwick Fire Animal Services Hotline
KSBY-TV, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21426133/
The Santa Barbara County Animal Services Program has implemented a hotline
to assist pet owners with animal evacuation and sheltering due to the
Sedgwick Fire. This hotline is available to identify those needing aid with
transporting or sheltering animals as well as individuals in our community
offering to provide assistance with animals. The Sedgwick Fire Animal
Services Hotline number is: 681-4332.

10/23/07: NOAH’S WISH REPORT
http://www.noahswish.info/CurrentRecentDisasters/
Update as of noon, 10/23/07:
Three Noah’s Wish trailers left the El Dorado Hills office at noon loaded
with supplies and responders enroute to Qualcomm stadium in San Diego (see
photos below). Conditions continue to worsen as high winds drive the fires
into communities. Over a half-million people are evacuated in Southern
California. Qualcomm stadium now has more than 50,000 evacuees and the
numbers continue to grow by the hour. N.W. volunteers continue to arrive.
They are very busy but have the shelter functioning smoothly.

Update as of 7:00 am:
All Noah’s wish personnel responding to San Diego fire disaster should
report to our command center at the temporary shelter, Parking Lot “H” at
Qualcomm Stadium. The First response trailer arrived last evening with much
needed cages and supplies.

Eight N.W. first responders spent the night caring for the many animals
already in place. (With hundreds more to come). This morning’s count : 20
Horses , 79 Cats, 93 Dogs, 6 Rabbits, 5 Rats and a Chinchilla.

At 9:00am this morning a caravan of three trucks pulling N.W. trailers will
leave the El Dorado Hills office bound for Qualcomm. Trailers are stocked
with more caging and other much needed equipment. Two dozen volunteers are
now preparing to leave their homes from as far as Canada, Oklahoma and
Adminzona, traveling to San Diego via car and plane.

This is a major disaster, much the same as Hurricane Katrina…Hundreds of
thousands of people and animals are out of their homes. Many will have no
homes to return to. Regions 1,2,5 and 6 are being deployed, more areas will
be alerted as warranted by the situation.









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