How you can help animals affected by High Park Fire

Posted By elaine on June 12, 2012

Erika Jensen, 14, and her dog Franny, a 7 year-old yellow Labrador, sit outside the Cache la Poudre Middle School after being evacuated from her home in Rist Canyon because of the High Park fire northwest of Loveland. (Photo: Reporter Herald/Jenny Sparks)

Erika Jensen, 14, and her dog Franny, a 7 year-old yellow Labrador, sit outside the Cache la Poudre Middle School after being evacuated from her home in Rist Canyon because of the High Park fire northwest of Loveland. (Photo: Reporter Herald/Jenny Sparks)

LARIMER COUNTY — Larimer Humane Society is providing temporary shelter for cats, small mammals and farm animals (the size of a goat or smaller) for evacuees displaced during the High Park Fire.

The agency has taken in 200 cats, dogs, birds, small mammals and other exotic animals, which doesn’t include a few large animals.

The Humane Society filled to capacity for dogs, but local vet clinics and kennels are trying to help fill the void.

“We’ve taken in 16 pets,” said Amanda Scott, a service representative at Advanced Animal Care. And they have the capacity for many more.

VCA Animal Hospitals are also trying to help. VCA Fort Collins Animal Hospital and VCA Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado are offering free boarding assistance for dogs and cats whose families are being forced to comply with evacuation orders from the High Park fire.

“We are concerned about the safety and well-being of the residents and their companion animals in the burn area, so we are extending free boarding for families affected at several VCA hospitals closest to the fire,” said Art Antin, Chief Operating Officer of VCA Animal Hospitals. “We want families to know that during the evacuations, their dogs and cats can be cared for in a safe and comfortable environment until they are able to return to their homes.”

Front Range Veterinary Clinic of Fort Collins,also has a number of vacancies in their kennel and are happy to house pets without charge during this difficult time. “We’re here to help any way we can,” said Trent Newcomer, owner.

Those of us in Southern Colorado can help too. Right now the Larimer Humane Society could use donations.

“Monetary donations are really the only donations needed,” Stephanie Ashley, LHS spokesperson said. “We don’t need trucks or trailers to transport animals, we need monetary donations to purchase the things we need,” she added.

You can make a donation on-line or call (970)226-3647.

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