The UC Davis Veterinary Hospital is caring for rescued cats lost due to the Camp Fire that still rages in California.
This year’s wildfire season has been the most destructive on record. Over 1.6 million acres of land have been torched by over 7,500 fires, according to the California Dept of Forestry and Fire Protection and National Interagency Fire Center.
The deadliest fire has since been called Camp Fire for Camp Creek Road where it’s believed to have originated. The fire has destroyed over 12,000 home, 118 apartment buildings, and killed 81 people. San Francisco has been blanketed in a constant haze as those on the outskirts of the city flee the encroaching flames.
But as families flee, their furry friends are often left behind to fend for themselves. Firefighters find themselves rescuing pets as often as people, some with horrible burns requiring immediate medical attention. When California firefighters rescue a kitty, they’re taken to the University of California Davis Veterinary Hospital for treatment.
UC Davis has set up a dedicated Facebook page to reunite abandoned and lost cats with their families. Many of them might be difficult for their owners to recognize as some have suffered greatly due to the wildfires. Burnt paws and singed whiskers are common, but some burns have removed patches of fur and injured delicate kitty eyes.
Veterinarians are hoping that people will be able to recognize their cats after they’ve been treated. An ID number and a brief description of the cat, such as “chunky boy”, will hopefully reunited kittens with their owners.
Unfortunately, UC Davis is not an adoption center and points out that the cats are technically the property of animal services, so they’re not able to offer any sort of adoption package for people to take a slightly singed kitty home. Once the cats are healthy enough to leave, they’ll be given back to animal services for possible adoption.
In the meantime, UC Davis is in dire need of funding to help with all the crispy critters that come through their doors. If you can, help out with the hospital’s Catastrophic Need fund here.