Shelters in Santa Clarita Help Animals Affected By the Sand Fire
25 July, 2016
The Sand Fire in Santa Clarita, California has displaced thousands of people and animals as it’s covered over 11,000 acres across the Southland. And it isn’t letting up any time soon. Agua Dulce Airport, Wayside Jail in Castaic, and Pierce College in Woodland Hills are all offering shelter for animals affected by the fire.
The Wildlife Waystation in Sylmar made a massive effort to rescue exotic animals
Animals in the fire zone have been evacuated to several shelters, like the Wildlife Waystation in Sylmar.
Lions, tigers, bears, horses, goats, rabbits, chickens, cats, dogs and more have all been saved from the roaring flames of the Sand Fire in Santa Clarita that raced through 20,000 acres of dry vegetation and was only 10 percent contained by Saturday night.
The more exotic animals – lions, tigers and bears – were safe after firefighters were able to save their well-known rescue home, Wildlife Waystation.
Many other domesticated pets have been saved and evacuated
County animal control officials Saturday released the numbers of more mundane animals and pets evacuated from the vicinity of the fast- moving brush fire.
Most of the evacuated animals have come from the Hansen Dam area, where Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control officers have been able to round up 228 horses, 52 goats and 29 chickens. Officials also gathered up seven rabbits, five cats and two dogs from the Castaic area
The Wildlife Waystation in Sylmar was saved by firefighters.
There was an immediate concern to evacuate the exotic animals at the Wildlife Waystation in Sylmar, a 160-acre animal sanctuary at 13831 Little Tujunga Rd. Volunteers helped evacuate numerous animals, and the Waystation posted an update at about 7 p.m. on Facebook.
“The Waystation has been saved,” the update said. “The firefighters worked their butts off to contain the fires burning around the facility. That, with the change in the wind direction, gave them a leg up on containment. There are a few animals that are still coming out, but they have ceased evacuation of the rest of the animals, as they have been deemed safe.”
It was a massive team effort as volunteers lined up with trailers to evacuate more than 400 animals from the Wildlife Waystation. There were horses, goats and even tigers and bears.
With the fire ongoing, check with local rescues to see if your pets can stay there until the fire is contained.
Photo via OnScene.TV.