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Butte County Animal Shelters:

Camp Fire Animal Shelters Scheduled to close on January 4, 2019

Butte County Animal Control (BCAC) has announced a transition plan and target date for closure of the temporary animal shelters that were established for the Camp Fire on November 8, 2018. The target date for closure of the animal shelters is Friday, January 4th. Reunification specialists available to assist animal owners identify long-term sheltering. Read more.

Finding Lost Animals

If you are trying to locate a lost pet, please visit www.campfirerescuedanimals.com.

A picture of every lost domestic animal in the emergency animal shelters is posted on this site. Follow the instructions on the website to pick up your pet. This service will be available for lost large animals and livestock soon.

Transitioning Your Animal Out of the Shelter

We understand this is a very difficult time for survivors of the fire, especially if your home has been destroyed. It might seem like an impossible task to pick-up your animals from the shelter without a home to take them back to. It is especially important to contact the shelter if your home has been destroyed so we can help you identify a longer-term solution and transition your animals to a more comfortable location. We know pet owners want the best for their animals. Your animals will experience better emotional health and greater physical comfort once they are transitioned out of the shelter. These temporary emergency shelters are only intended for short-term sheltering while immediate evacuation orders are in place. Once evacuation orders are lifted, animals need to be picked-up or transitioned out of these shelters.

Picking-up Your Animal from the Shelter:

Animal owners need to bring a photo ID and the pink copy of the animal intake form. If you have misplaced the pink intake form, you may still pick-up your animal. Your photo ID will need to be verified with the animal intake form on file. You will need to provide transportation for your animal when leaving the shelter.

Care Kits: If you are able to pick-up your pet, but are in need of immediate supplies, Butte County Animal Control can provide you with the following items: Crates, food, bowls, leashes, etc.

If you are unable to pick-up your animals, please contact the shelter so we can help you identify a longer term solution, which may include:

  • Friends or Family who can temporarily foster your animals.
  • Community members or organizations who can temporarily foster your animals.
  • A Facebook Groups has been established to connect people who need temporary foster homes for animals with people who are willing and able to serve as foster caregivers. This group is called Camp Fire Foster Animal Connection (link text to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/campfirefosteranimalconnection/)

Animal Surrender and Adoption

In the event that you make the difficult decision to surrender your animal, please contact the shelter and let us know. We will facilitate the adoptions process for you. Please note, no animals will be adopted out of a shelter until every owner has had a chance to claim their animal.

Handling of Deceased Pets and Livestock

If you find that your pet did not survive the fire, please refer to the guidelines outlined below to handle the remains of your pets in a manner that is safe and environmentally responsible.

Disposing of Pet Remains:

You may choose to do this yourself by following the steps below. The risk to humans from animal remains is low if proper precautions are taken. Practice proper hand washing to prevent infection with certain pathogens that may be transmitted from farm animals, including Salmonella and E. coli.  Please use soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, rinse under clean water and pat hands dry on a clean towel.

You may also contact Butte County Animal Control and they will remove the deceased pet for you at no cost, please call: 530.552.3888.

  • Wear gloves.
  • Cover your gloved hand with a plastic trash bag, pick up the remains, then invert the trash bag over the remains and seal the bag.
  • For larger animals, use a shovel to place remains inside a plastic trash bag, then rinse off the shovel with water.
  • Place the sealed remains in any regular trash or recycling receptacle – even if the receptacle is damaged for removal from the property.
  • You may choose to bury the animal(s) on your property. Take care to avoid digging near any water sources such as creeks, streams or ponds and avoid underground utility lines. If you do not know where the utility lines are located, check with your utility company before digging. Please place remains at an acceptable depth (~3 feet) so they are not disturbed during weather events such as a heavy rain.

Disposing of Large Animals (including livestock) Remains:

Owners may take animal remains to an approved disposal facility or bury them onsite, according to the guidelines below. It’s important for environmental, health, and safety reasons to follow these procedures for the handling and disposal of animal remains.

Emergency guidelines for the Camp Fire incident allow for the Neal Road Waste and Recycling Facility, located at 1023 Neal Road, Paradise, to accept animal remains:

  • The Neal Road facility accepts animal remains from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm daily.
  • Call the facility scale house at (530) 879-2397 thirty minutes before arrival.
  • Transportation may be provided either by licensed operators or by individuals.
    • The following local companies are licensed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture to haul carcasses. Please contact for availability and pricing.
      • One Last Ride | (530) 990-2231
      • Into the Sunset | (530) 570-8859
      • JM Livestock Hauling | (916) 300-9744
      • Animal Carcass Removal | (866) 487-3323
  • All loads must be tarped.
  • The driver must be prepared to unload the animal(s) without assistance.
  • Cash or local check is required (no credit cards).

Large Animal Disposal Costs Neal Road Facility (horses, cattle, donkeys, sheep, goats, etc.)

  • $60 for special burial fee and $42.11 a ton. For example, a horse weighing 1,000 pounds will cost $21.05 (tonnage fee), plus $60 for a total $81.05.

Small Animal Disposal Costs at Neal Road Facility (dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, etc.)

  • $10 for single small animal (remains must be bagged). Large loads are $42.11 per ton and subject to $60 special burial fee.

On-Site Burial of Livestock Remains:

  • Disposal at least 150 feet downslope of the nearest domestic well
  • Do not dispose of animals in saturated soils or swales
  • 5 feet of cover over top of animal
  • Flag location for homeowner
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