San Diego Wildfires Force Shelters to Evacuate 400 Animals


I’m 99% sure that Southern California has the best climate in the world. The 1% of doubt I have is due to the out of control Santa Ana winds which cause me great allergies, more importantly are causing pets great heat exhaustion. Unfortunately this past week, animals and San Diego wildlife were feeling the heat and smoke.

In day 4 in the fight against the San Diego 2014 spring wild fires – a total of more than 10,000 acres were scorched. The bulk of those blazes burned in the North County.


Tuesday the fast-paced wildfire blackened hundreds of acres and forced Rancho Santa Fe’s Helen Woodward Animal Shelter to evacuate over 400 animals.

Helen Woodward Animal Center staff members and volunteers transported horses, dogs, cats, desert tortoises and other animals to SeaWorld, Del Mar Fairgrounds and other pet shelters around San Diego County.

In Encinitas, Rancho Coastal Humane Society and the Zoom Room Training Facility opened their doors to pets who are in need of shelter after the North County evacuations. Between RCHS and Zoom Room they have taken in about 40 animals and will continue to do so into the weekend.

BIG Thank you to all the animal rescue volunteers taking time to relocate pets in temperature controlled and stress-free environments.  I am praying that no humans or animals are harmed during these terrible San Diego fires  ♥

If anyone is in need of shelter for their pet during these evacuations please contact

Rancho Coastal Humane Society (760) 753-6413

Helen Woodward Animal Shelter (858) 756-4117

San Diego Humane Society Animal Rescue Reserve If you have questions about the fires please call SDHS main number (619) 299-7012 or if you need help with your animals please call (619) 299-0871.

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