Yavapai College in Prescott Arizona has been turned into an animal shelter to help those in need of finding a place to house their cats and dogs after being evacuated from their own homes due to the devastating Yarnell Hill fires. Amongst the complete chaos of these fires, animal owners are sleeping on cots in a gym on one side of the campus, while their animals, consisting of 29 dogs, 26 cats, 3 birds and a rabbit have a shelter all their own on campus, as of last night.
Everyone at Yavapai College is safe and sound thanks to Animal Disaster Services for Yavapai County, according to the Los Angeles Times. The horrid chaotic fires tragically took the lives of 19 heroic firefighters all in a matter of only hours.
The team leader for Animal Disaster Services for Yavapai County shared that all the stressed people who came into the shelter, brought their animals who truly showed as much stress as their owners. Many trained volunteers at the shelter are appreciated as they feed, walk and bathe the pets living there. Volunteers play with each pet as well. According to the Los Angeles Times, these shelters will remain open as long as homes are being evacuated.
Our hearts go out to all those lost in the fires and to their families and friends as we mourn their passing and salute their bravery!
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