#VALLEYFIRE: a few small ways to make a huge difference
This last week the Valley Fire tragically ripped through Lake County in Northern California, adding a sober reminder of how nature can suddenly change circumstances for humans and animals alike. Recovery efforts are thankfully underway for the community affected and many helping hands are pitching in to care for everyone impacted by the wildfire.
Our team has been especially touched by the many families separated from their beloved pets. We wanted to help spread the word on all of the efforts underway to reunite pets with their humans - something everyone on our team is passionate about. Below, we’ve listed a few ways you can get involved and lend a hand to fellow pet parents in a tough situation:
- To report a found pet or to see an aggregated list of recovered pets, visit Valley Fire Animals.
- Financial donations can be made to the Petaluma Animal Services & Lake County Fire Victims Fund (they are providing temporary shelter for animals at the Petaluma County Fairgrounds).
- If you are able to take in a displaced pet, Wine Country Animal Lovers are coordinating foster homes while families are in temporary or shelter accommodations.
- The Sonoma Humane Society has details on volunteer, foster, adoption, and donation opportunities. For the most up-to-date needs, check out their Facebook page.
- Keep up with lost pets through the Valley Fire Pet Find and Pet Lost and Found for Lake County Fires Facebook groups.
Many pet parents may want to prepare their own homes for emergencies. We reached out to Dr. Jeff Werber to create a checklist of essential disaster preparations for pet owners everywhere and created a free downloadable checklist to help make planning simple:
If you know of any other helpful resources to aide our neighbors to the north of the Bay Area, please give us a shout on social media and we’ll do our best to spread the word to the entire Whistle community.
Your friends at Whistle
Photo by the Pataluma Humane Society
Sep 18, 2015