Disparate, determined groups saving the cats, dogs, rats, lizards and alpacas of Wine Country

OAKLAND — As the wine country fires continue to destroy homes and displace residents, animal groups and coordinated community efforts have joined to offer shelter, donations, evacuation assistance and more.

Snapshots of requests of help from animal groups have spread sporadically around a number of different groups: A family of six alpaca displaced from their home; a cat found with burned whiskers and paws; 1,000 rescued hens and wildlife fleeing the blazing wilderness with no water sources to drink from.

“This is pretty bad. We are all bracing for the fact that this is going to be a marathon,” said Allison Lindquist, CEO of the East Bay SPCA. “We will see people and animals displaced for a long time while they sort through their lives and try to get back on their feet. We’re making sure we can all work together and provide the resources and safe havens for these animals.”

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Unfortunately, many of the evacuees end up in hotels, shelters or homes that don’t allow pets. Many of those animals are being boarded at shelters in Napa, Sonoma and Solano, but those have filled up quickly. To help ease the overload, the East Bay SPCA has opened its Oakland and Dublin shelters for the pets of anyone fleeing the fires.

Animal rescue groups say the most important way people can help is to open their home to foster an animal or to raise funds or donate money to a shelter, humane society or veterinary hospital. Check the bottom of this article for contact information for shelters, rescue groups, fairgrounds and other efforts.

To find a location to board your animal in Oakland or Dublin, visit eastbayspca.org or call their emergency boarding number at 925-479-9670. And because some pets aren’t always furry, the East Bay Vivarium in Berkeley is offering two months of free boarding for reptile, amphibian and arachnids. Rattie Ratz in Clayton is taking in rats displaced by the fire, and the Napa Valley Horseman’s Association, Sonoma and Solano Fairgrounds have become staging sites for volunteer efforts.

The Laguna Veterinary Hospital in Santa Rosa has stopped regular appointments and has been taking in four-legged burn victims that people find.

“One guy did bring in an orange kitty, who was pretty burned, his paws were pretty burned up,” said Karina Valencia, receptionist at

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle

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