Incredible bodycam footage was released by the Vacaville Police Department in California showing their officers rescuing 60 dogs and cats from an animal shelter as a wildfire raced fiercely towards them.
In the video of the rescue, we can see police, staff, and volunteers running into the building, frantically grabbing animals, ushering cats into cages and putting leashes around dogs' necks with smoke from the fire looming in the distance. The animals were then loaded into trucks, cars, and even patrol vehicles out of harm's way. At least 60 cats and dogs were rescued and placed in foster homes.
The SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) of Solano County was forced to evacuate under very short notice as the Nelson fire made its way towards the south end of Vacaville. The raging blaze had burned through 2,162 acres between Fairfield and Vacaville County starting Friday evening and was completely contained as of Sunday morning, according to Cal Fire.
In a subsequent Facebook post, the SPCA of Solano County thanked the Vacaville community for their kindness in opening their homes to the animals in need. The SPCA added that a volunteer entered the building illegally after the evacuation as firefighters were outside ready to fight any flames that came close. Apparently, a few cats had been left behind but both the volunteer and cats were later rescued and are now safe and sound.
“All of the animals are out of the shelter for the night and the shelter wasn't damaged. We are smokey but we are OK,” the Solano SPCA wrote. Luckily, their building wasn’t damaged in the fire, but most of their supplies and pet food were rendered unusable due to the smoke.
A power failure caused the shelter to lose much of its refrigerated medications and vaccines and they are still in need of financial support to replace them. They have received many generous animal food donations but additional support in the form of blankets and other supplies are still welcome.
If you would like to help these adorable animals, you don't have to race against a wildfire, thankfully, you just have to donate on the SPCA's Facebook page with a simple click from the comfort of your home!