After Ventura was ravaged by the Thomas Fire, we at Surfcat Rescue and Adoptions knew we needed to step in and help. We were contacted by Alley Cat Allies and given a $5000 grant to lead the Thomas Fire response for the cat rescue community. The focus of this response is rescue, recovery, reunite and retain:
–Rescue: We are making sure that every cat displaced by this tragedy has the help they need to find their families. Surfcat Rescue and Adoptions is using video/feeding stations to identify lost cats in the burn areas and then coordinating with experienced trappers to get these cats out of harms way.
–Recovery: Once cats are found, Surfcat Rescue and Adoptions is ready to help cover any veterinary care the cat might need.
–Reunite: Through extensive cooperation with other rescues and Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS), both in the field and through social media, we are working diligently to find the families of these displaced cats.
–Retain: We are coordinating with a network of fosters to give people displaced by the fire a safe haven for their cat while they secure temporary or permanent housing, so they do not have to re-home their cat. Or, if there is no other alternative, we will help these families find a new forever home for their kitty.
The Thomas fire is out, but our work is far from finished.There are still many cats lost in the burn areas of Ventura, Upper Ojai, Santa Paula, and Fillmore. There are dozens of cats at VCAS who have yet to be reunited with their families, and there are many families who are finding it difficult to secure pet-friendly housing.
Help Surfcat Rescue and Adoptions continue to help the cats of the Thomas Fire. Please make a donation today or join our pool of fosters and provide a safe haven for a Thomas Fire kitty while families settle into their new lives.
Meow and Mahalo