FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2020
ANIMAL SHELTERS TO CLOSE ON OCTOBER 23, 2020-BUTTE COUNTY RESIDENTS IMPACTED BY THE NORTH COMPLEX FIRES ARE ENCOURAGED TO RECLAIM THEIR PETS
Butte County – Since September 9th, Butte County Animal Control and North Valley Animal Disaster Group has sheltered over 590 large and small animals and provided care for over 1000 animals that have been sheltered-in-place that were directly affected by the North Complex Fire.
As residents have been able to return to their homes or settle into alternative living spaces, many of the animals have been reclaimed; however, at the present time, 300 remain sheltered. Butte County Animal Control is urging residents to check the Pet Harbor Website frequently to see if their missing pet might be one of the unclaimed pets currently being sheltered. Residents can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-895-0000 to reclaim their pet.
Animal Control will be reaching out to the owners of the pets that have identified owners but still remain in the shelter to advise them that the shelter will be closed on October 23rd, 2020 and request that they take possession and responsibility for their pets. Evacuees whose property is unaffected are asked to pick up their animals immediately. Evacuees who are unable to care for their animals are encouraged to check with friends or family who may be available to foster them. Our animal reunification team will work with owners and may have some supplies available to support animals with their owners during this transition. If evacuees are not able to identify any care options for their animals, they are asked to contact the shelter and surrender them so they may be adopted. While this is an incredibly difficult decision to make, allowing animals to be adopted as a last resort will ensure the optimal health for these beloved animals.
If owners are able to pick up their animals, they should bring a photo ID and the pink copy of the animal intake form.
Beginning October 16th, any remaining unclaimed animals will begin going through the process of health exams, spaying and neutering and be placed with adoption partners that can unite these pets with their “forever” homes.
“While these animals have received excellent basic care over the last few weeks, they deserve a safe and loving home for a healthy future”, stated Ryan Soulsby, Butte County Animal Control Program Manager.
Animal Shelters are operating between the hours of 8am-6pm at the following locations:
Large Animal Shelter-
Camelot Equestrian Park- 1985 Clark Road, Paradise
Small Animal Shelters-
2279 Del Oro and Mono Ste. E, Oroville
521 Cal Oak Rd., Oroville
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE