Colorado wildfire brings out the best in animal welfare volunteers.
Colorado wildfire brings out the best in animal welfare volunteers
July 16, 2012
The massive wildfires that have scorched forests, homes and towns across the entire state of Colorado have been one of the worst natural disasters in the state's history. As is the case in many of these situations, pets and shelter animals are the ones that suffer the most, but a brave group of animal welfare workers has stepped in to remove these animals from wildfire-stricken areas and try to find new homes for them. According to DogChannel.com, many humane societies from across Colorado are asking for help from residents and people all over the country to solve the pet wellness crisis in the state.
In addition to animal welfare organizations, the PetAid Disaster Relief Fund has already been set up for those who wish to donate to these groups. This will help to fund food, shelter and other wellness needs that the pets will require to thrive. However, most of the humane societies believe that the best way to help is to adopt a dog or cat as a means of helping the facilities handle the influx of pets.
"When you adopt from one of our shelters, you're really saving two lives - the animal you bring home and another animal that we now have the space and resources to support," Lisa Pedersen, CEO of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, told the news source.
According to The Daily Camera, the animal shelter in Boulder Valley has already had to take on an additional 60 animals, while another 50 ventured to the Larimer Humane Society. While many of these animals are trying to find new homes, some may have been displaced from their owners during the wildfires, so these organizations are looking for all the help they can get to reunite these pets with their owners.
The Colorado wildfires have been one of the worst natural disasters in decades, but the event has highlighted just how well these humane societies work together and how volunteers can come out of the woodwork to support them. Whether you live in Colorado or know someone who has been affected by the disaster, donating to one of the many relief funds being set up to help evacuees and their pets will be most appreciated to help these individuals put their lives back together and start over anew.