Animals and people are in trouble as fires continue to sweep through Southern California in the worst fire season on record. But news came late yesterday that this may be a case of arson.
Thousands have fled their homes, watching helplessly as the flames destroy homes and businessess and thousands of acres of land.
Today - pet lovers across the country are reaching out to help the victims of the California wildfires. If you would like to help displaced pets and people with donations of food, water, money, or your time as a volunteer - here are some resources.
But BEFORE you give -
and please give generously - I would like to ask that you give DIRECTLY to those organizations on the ground - the ones doing the REAL work.
What To Avoid
Opportunists are already in motion, begging for money - like HSUS - and Wayne Pacelle wasted no time exploiting this crisis as their next fundraising opportunity - sending out emails yesterday begging for "special donations" for their disaster teams and "FUTURE crisis work".
IMHO - animal lovers should AVOID giving to HSUS like plague - after all - they raised $40 million during Katrina and are still under investigation by the State Attorney General of Louisiana and STILL have yet to answer the question - where did the money go?
Give Directly To Groups On The Ground
Southern California, Susan Sholar, President of the California Federation of Dog Clubs (CFODC), has opened her California School of Dog Grooming in San Diego to coordinate both the distribution of donated pet supplies and available local boarding spaces.
Please send pet food, collars, leashes, crates, and other pet supplies to the California School of Dog Grooming. Financial contributions are gratefully accepted, and can be made out to "CFODC Fire Fund"
CFODC Fire Fund
California School of Dog Grooming
655 South Rancho Sante Fe Road
San Marcus, CA 92078
Local volunteers are also needed who can provide temporary foster care, kennel and boarding space, dog runs, or RV parking areas.
Displaced families needing help in providing for their pets' security and well-being should also immediately contact the California Federation of Dog Clubs for assistance.
Animal Evacuation Information
Residents with domestic animals and livestock threatened by the various brush fires are being asked to evacuate their homes.
The San Diego Humane Society's Animal Rescue Reserve and the San Diego County Dept. of Animal Services are asking pets be placed in a crate or carrier and to bring any necessary supplies including leashes, food, water and medications.
Many Red Cross evacuation centers are accepting pets in carriers.
The following centers are taking pets and can provide supplies:
Qualcomm Stadium (9449 Friars Road)
Mira Mesa High School (10510 Reagan Road)
The following large animals or livestock sites are no longer accepting animals:
Lakeside Rodeo Grounds
Del Mar Fairgrounds
If you have animals or livestock that you cannot evacuate yourself or that need to be rescued, call 619-236-4250 and press "1" for emergency services.
If you have a stable or other areas that are safe and can house a number of large animals and livestock that need to be evacuated, please call the San Diego Humane Society at (619) 299-7012.
SDHS is also in need of portable livestock panels for temporary corrals. If you have these
available for use, please call (619) 299-7012.
Anyone with an available horse trailer please call the San Diego Animal Support Foundation immediately at 619-847-8755.
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.
If you would like to help, you can donate online at www.sdhumane.