November is providing us trying times in Southern California. The devastating Woolsey Fire has affected thousands of us. I am so very proud of all our staff and volunteers at DACC who have been working around the clock to help people and pets affected by the fire. Our staff’s dedicated and compassionate efforts define #DACCares!
Since November 8th, DACC has cared for more than 800 displaced animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, llamas, donkeys, birds, and other large animals. Animal sheltering sites include Pierce College, Hansen Dam and Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. DACC also staffed mobile animal shelters at Taft High School and Borchard Park. Throughout this emergency DACC has provided monitoring and care 24 hours each day.
Due to the Woolsey Fire, DACC had to evacuate its Agoura Animal Care Center Friday, November 9th. All of the animals were safely relocated to our other six animal care centers, which are also providing small and large animal sheltering.
We have been touched by all the ways community members and outside organizations have pitched in to assist. We are happy to report that have received tremendous assistance from the public, which includes letting us know of animals in need of help, and donations of time and supplies.
We have also been fortunate to have the help of many different organizations. The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works (DPW) has joined our officers in the field to assist residents who do not have access to animals left behind. By using DPW water trucks we are helping to provide water (and food and other care) to animals who remain in evacuated areas. We would also like to send thanks and appreciation to our outstanding mutual aid partners: the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, spcaLA, the ASPCA, and Riverside County Animal Services.
Our amazing volunteers have stepped forward to provide additional care for animals in our care centers while our staff was deployed in the field. Volunteers from, DACC’s specialized Equine Response Team (ERT) used their specialized training and skills in rescuing and caring for more than 500 displaced horses.. Annenberg PetSpace, PetCo, Chewy, and many other organizations have provided generous donations to help support the needs of displaced animals.
A special mention goes to Veterinary Angels Medical Center! Despite being evacuated from their place of business, they still packed up their equipment and set up a mash tent at Pierce College to provide veterinary assistance to pets evacuated to Red Cross Shelters. When Veterinary Angels were able to return to their facility, they left the mash clinic in the hands of DACC veterinarians and volunteers. DACC is operating this clinic to provide necessary care for evacuated animals and to function as a triage area for burned pets. Currently, three cats and one dog are receiving treatment for burns and smoke inhalation. Horses and livestock with injuries related to the fires are attended to by Dr. David Ramey, a world-renowned equine veterinarian retained by DACC to oversee their care.
We are grateful for donations made to Noah’s Legacy, the animal emergency disaster response fund managed by the Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation. Donations can be made on the Foundation’s website at www.lacountyanimals.org. These vital donations help us provide the equipment, training, supplies, medical care, and other items necessary in such situations. We thank everyone for supporting us during this difficult time.