Please Help Animals Injured in the California Wildfire
By Rachele Baker, DVM – Wildfires are devastating large areas of California. I am sure you have seen the horrifying photos on the news. These fires have injured and displaced, not only many people, but also many animals. I want to talk about the animals injured in the California wildfire called the Camp Fire in Butte County that began on November 8, 2018.
The smoke from the Camp Fire has been so thick that the air quality for miles around has become hazardous to health. The University of California Davis (located about two hours south of the Camp Fire) cancelled classes on Tuesday, November 13, and shut down the entire campus as of Wednesday, November 14. UC Davis has remained closed since then and has announced that it will remain closed this weekend. Schools all over the San Francisco Bay Area have also closed due to the hazardous air quality from smoke from the Camp Fire.
According to the Cal Fire website as of 7:08 a.m. today, the Camp Fire has burned 148,000 acres and destroyed 9,844 residences, 336 commercial buildings, and 2,076 other buildings. Seventy-one people have been confirmed dead and 1,011 people are unaccounted for.
The California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (CAVMRC) received a request to deploy to the Camp Fire when the fire started on November 8, 2018. An average of ten veterinarians and fifteen registered veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants have been working in shifts each day to assist with caring for animals injured in the California wildfire. These dedicated volunteers have provided emergency medical care to over 1,600 animals.
In addition, members of the California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps are visiting human shelters that include animals to ensure that animals’ needs are being met in the human shelters.
The most severely injured animals are being sent to veterinary hospitals in, or outside of, the area for urgent medical care, or for care that is beyond what CAVMRC volunteers can provide in the field.
The California Veterinary Medical Foundation (CVMF) is the non-profit, charitable arm of the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA). The California Veterinary Medical Foundation is completely funded by donations and directly supports the California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps as they work to help animals injured in the California wildfire.
Please consider donating to the California Veterinary Medical Foundation Disaster Relief Fund to help with the medical expenses of the animals injured in the California wildfire. Your help is greatly appreciated.
Click the button below to donate. This link will take you to the CVMF website.