On Sept. 7, 2010, our Red Star Animal Emergency Services team helped Boulder County Animal Control rescue pets from homes threatened by a wildfire that roared through Fourmile Canyon near Boulder, Colo.
The fire, which claimed approximately 7,000 acres and burned more than 160 homes, ignited over the Labor Day weekend. Approximately 3,500 people were forced to evacuate.
Unfortunately, some pet owners were not home at the time the evacuation was ordered; as a result, they were unable to evacuate their pets. Others could not locate their pets in the very few minutes that they had to evacuate before the fire advanced toward their homes.
Our Red Star volunteers, working in pairs with Boulder County Animal Control officers, made visits at the request of pet owners to homes in evacuated areas to rescue stranded pets.
Other members of our team arrived with our truck and transport trailer and provided additional assistance. They took care of the animals rescued by our volunteers and the animal control officers, providing water and crates for the pets’ safety, and calling their owners to let them know that their animals were safe. Later that evening, they transported all of the rescued animals to the Boulder Humane Society for sheltering and pick-up by their owners on Sept. 8.
To supplement the on-the-ground assistance we provided on Sept. 7, American Humane Association issued grants to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley and the Longmont Humane Society. Both organizations have worked tirelessly to ensure that evacuated pets were sheltered and cared for during the disaster, and the grants will help cover the costs of providing this vital support to families and pets.
American Humane Association would also like to commend the dedicated and diligent efforts of the management and officers of Boulder County Animal Control to rescue and care for pets stranded and displaced by the fire. Their efforts have truly been heroic.