Noah's Wish

Saving Animals in Disasters

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August 2009 - Fire

Hours Logged 268.5

Animals Cared for 124

While not long in duration, the Lockheed response was an outstanding opportunity for Region 1 volunteers to respond to the call to action. A number of the participating volunteers were just trained earlier this year and very eager to try their new skills. Within 6 hours of receiving the call to assist with large animals at the fairgrounds in Watsonville (the location where search and rescue teams, as well as evacuated residents were sheltering their livestock and horses) volunteers were on location.

When contacted by Santa Cruz County Animal Control, Noah’s Wish was asked to provide 15 volunteers, we are proud to say that by 10pm Friday night all fifteen were there.

The team cared for 120 animals at the fairgrounds over the weekend. On Sunday morning they were released to return home when it was announced the fire was 65% contained and evacuation orders would be lifted later in the day for the more than 2,000 residents in the Bonny Doon area that had been forced from their homes earlier in the week.

As of the 8:00am briefing the Lockheed fire is 50% contained, and a marine layer has moved ashore, cooling temperatures and adding much needed humidity that will be a boon in getting control of the blaze. Noah’s Wish volunteers have been authorized to demobilize and head for home. County animal control will assume the role the volunteers were fulfilling until evacuation orders are lifted, perhaps later today.

Thank you to everyone that responded so quickly when needed.