California wildfires are still burning and causing extreme devastation to people and animals. The winds have increased and are only fueling the fires. Homes are being destroyed and the earth is being charred. Wildlife, pets and people are fleeing for their lives.
Smoke has consumed the air, making it near toxic. There are fires in northern and southern California, straining resources. The scene is something from a horror film, but it is reality. Firefighters are battling not only the fires, but steep terrain and fatigue. Many are also saving the lives of animals and people they come across. With all the tragedy and loss there is a glimmer of hope for animals – thanks to a generous woman and brave volunteers.
Sandra Bullock, actress who loves animals and has rescued special needs dogs, is heartbroken by the devastation. She decided to step up to help animals affected by the wildfires in California. She made a generous donation of $100,000 to The Humane Society of Ventura County.
“The Humane Society of Ventura County was deeply humbled today by a $100,000 donation from Sandra Bullock and family. Our efforts for rescuing and caring for evacuated animals from the Hill and Woolsey fires had caught her attention and her team reached out to the shelter to show their support. Sandra Bullock and her family have reached out to other nonprofit organizations both during this incident and in the past. However, this time she wanted to contribute to those on the frontline rescuing animals in peril and hope others will choose to do the same,” posted the rescue.
The shelter takes in any animal in need. They are in need of horse savvy volunteers to help care for the influx in horses. Many animals were abandoned or fled for their lives, so the shelter is taking in any animal that is found wandering alone. Some have been burned by the fire, while others are just terrified.
“This donation will help the HSVC provide 24/7 care for the scores of horses, bulls, donkeys, pigs, chickens, ducks, dogs, cats, and other pets evacuated from the fires. The HSVC pledges to care for these animals for as long as is needed or until their owners feel comfortable in safely reuniting their families. From all of us on staff at the HSVC, our dedicated volunteers, and the animals in our care, we thank you for your kind consideration,” states The Humane Society of Ventura County.
“We are currently requesting volunteers from the general public with specific requirements: You must be 18 years or older and you must have at least 2 years of horse experience.” If this is you, then you can email Volunteer@hsvc.org to help.
If you live in the area, please put out buckets of water for the wildlife passing though. They are afraid, exhausted and need food and water.
If you are not local and still want to help, you can donate here to help animals and people affected by the wildfires. The brave firefighters are still battling the fires and will not stop until they are contained. You can help by donating to help thousands of people and pets survive and rebuild. The death toll is already a state record and the fires are not contained.