LANCASTER – While the Sand Fire has forced thousands of residents from their homes, hundreds of animals and pets were being held in a variety of shelters Monday while fire crews continued battling the blaze.
According to the county Department of Animal Care and Control, the displaced animals being cared for at shelters include 345 horses, 165 goats, 111 chickens, 33 pigs and even a Brahma bull.
Displaced llama, mules, sheep, rabbits, turkeys and donkeys are also among the critters being overseen at shelters, including the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds.
Smaller animals, such as dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs were being cared for at county animal shelters in Lancaster, Agoura, Castaic and Palmdale. Temporary shelter facilities have also been established at evacuation centers.
VCA Animal Hospitals announced that some of its area hospitals will offer free boarding for small pets. The animals must be vaccinated, but if they aren’t, the hospital will offer free vaccinations, along with health screenings. Residents are urged to contact the hospitals in advance to ensure space is available. The hospitals are:
- VCA Adler Animal Hospital and Pet Resort, 16911 Roscoe Blvd. North Hills, (818) 893-6366;
- VCA McClave Animal Hospital, 6950 Reseda Blvd., Reseda, (818) 881-5102;
- VCA Parkwood Animal Hospital, 6330 Fallbrook Ave., Woodland Hills, (818) 884-5506;
- VCA Animal Hospital (Burbank), 2723 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, (818) 845- 7246;
- VCA Westlake Village Animal Hospital, 31166 Via Colinas, (805) 497- 4900;
- VCA Arden Animal Hospital, 407 Arden Ave., Glendale, (818) 246-2478; and
- VCA A Breed Apart Animal Hospital, 777 S Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, (626) 795-4444.
Meanwhile, officials at the Lange Foundation said their St. Bonnie’s Sanctuary in Canyon Country, a facility for dogs, cats and horses, was evacuated, and the foundation is looking for people willing to temporarily foster more than 80 cats and 40 dogs. The animals are being held in “crowded, temporary conditions,” according to the foundation.
Anyone interested in fostering animals can call the foundation at 310-473-5585.
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