While the Angora Fire continues to burn, many local, federal and statewide organizations and volunteers are working around the clock to help out those in need " even the four-legged family members.
Pet Network Animal Friends, Incline's non-profit animal rescue and adoption organization, is providing immediate relief efforts for displaced pets from victims of the Angora Fire located near Tahoe Paradise, on the west side of Highway 89.
Pet Network has collected and transported vital pet food and supplies to the disaster area, along with crates for securing pets. Its staff and volunteers have begun transporting dogs and cats from the overcrowded disaster area facilities to its shelter in Incline Village for safe temporary boarding until owners can resettle and secure their pets.
"We want families to know that we are here to help," Pet Network Board Member Beverly Keil said. "We are here to provide a safe, secure, longer temporary home for the animals. Pets that may have been separated from their families will be kept here and families can bring their pets here while they are dealing with their own displacement."
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Pet Networks staff feels secure and prepared for this type of emergency, having taken part in the Incline Village community evacuation drill held May 11 of this year.
The drill was organized by North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District with the support of Washoe County Sheriffs. Pet Network is the designated site for animal sheltering during emergencies.
"The drill helped us identify our capacity to respond," Pet Network director Bryan David said. "Because of it, we are better prepared to step in and coordinate relief efforts for the South Lake victims."
Volunteers will be needed for this emergency situation because of the abundance of time, attention to the animals and patience it requires, Pet Network Adoption Manager Julie Lopez said. Many of the animals are in an overwhelming state of stress and are afraid.
Individuals wishing to volunteer services such as transportation or foster care of animals or those who have supplies to donate should contact Pet Network at (775) 832-4404. Dry and wet dog and cat food, cat litter, blankets and bedding are especially needed and cash donations are always welcomed.
Individuals in need of sheltering for dogs, cats or other small domestic pets should contact Pet Network's Director of Animal Welfare, Susan Paul, at (775) 720-3773.