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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Humane Society Helps out in California Wildfire Disaster

The Humane Society has sent people there not just to rescue pets, but also horses and livestock.

As wildfires continue to engulf Southern California, The Humane Society of the United States, at the request of the San Diego County Department of Animal Services, is assisting in the rescue efforts for the thousands of animals who are in harm's way.

"The situation has become menacing for the residents and animals in the area," said Melissa Rubin, vice president of field services for The HSUS. "Many residents were able to take their animals with them as they evacuated. Unfortunately, it is much harder to evacuate horses and farm animals. When San Diego Animal Control reached out to us for assistance, we quickly agreed to devote considerable resources to this monumental rescue effort."

After seeing what happened with Katrina, I'm sure this will be a huge problem. Hopefully things will be a little better now that people know more about the issue.

California has taken steps to take animals into account in disaster planning. But, this is fairly new.

Photo by Tree_trunks

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