The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control is working to provide safe sheltering for animals as a result of the fires that have affected thousands of Los Angeles County residents.
DACC is grateful for donations made to the animal emergency disaster response fund managed by the Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation. Donations can be made online at lacountyanimals.org.
DACC has sheltered more than 800 animals since Thursday, Nov. 8, including dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, llamas, donkeys, and other large animals.
Animal sheltering sites include Pierce College, Hansen Dam and Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. DACC also staffed mobile animal shelters at Taft High School and Borchard Park.
Throughout this event, DACC has provided monitoring and sheltering 24 hours each day.
DACC had to evacuate its Agoura Animal Care Center last Friday morning and all of its animals to our other six animal care centers. The remaining six animal care centers have also been providing small animal shelter.
Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, The ASPCA, Riverside County Animal Services, and volunteers from The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control Equine Response Team all have provided operational support to DACC. Annenberg PetSpace, PetCo, Chewy and many other organizations have provided generous donations to help support the sheltering needs.
The county Department of Public Works is joining our officers in the field to assist homeowners who do not have access to pets left behind by providing food and water to animals in evacuation areas. Water is supplied via DPW water trucks.
Employees at Veterinary Angels Medical Center, evacuated from their place of business, packed up their equipment and set up a M*A*S*H* tent at Pierce College to provide veterinary assistance to pets brought by their families to Red Cross Shelters.
When Veterinary Angels staff was able to return to their facility, they left the mash veterinary clinic in the hands of DACC Vets and Volunteers.
DACC is operating this clinic to provide necessary care for evacuated animals and to function as a triage area for burned pets where, currently, three cats and one dog are receiving treatment for burns and smoke inhalation.
Equine and livestock with injuries related to the fires are attended to by Dr. David Ramey, an equine specialist retained by DACC to oversee their care.
DACC wants to thank our hard-working staff and those many organizations and individuals who have helped us to help people with pets who have been impacted by this devastating fire.
To donors, thank you again for your support during this difficult time.
Find more information at lacounty.gov/woolseyfire/.