BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – As of Sunday, November 25, 2018, 1,601 animals are being housed at four different shelter locations in Butte County by the Butte County Animal Control, North Valley Animal Disaster Group and the Humane Society of the United States. These animal shelters are temporary locations and not set up for permanent sheltering. In order to try and ensure sheltered animals are as healthy as possible, the County requests that residents begin planning for long-term care options for their animals.
When sheltered for extended periods of time, animals may suffer emotionally and physically. It is best for the health of the animals to transition out of temporary shelters as soon as possible.
Evacuees who are unable to care for their animals are encouraged to check with friends or family who may be available to foster them. Additionally, evacuees may consider searching on social media for foster groups or individuals willing to foster animals who have been displaced by the wildfires. 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.
Picking-up Your Animal from the Shelter:
If owners are able to pick up their animals, they should 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. You 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.
Butte County Animal Shelters:
- Oroville: Small Animal Shelter | Old County Hospital
22279 Del Oro and Mono, Oroville, CA
- Chico: Small Animal Shelter | Chico Municipal Airport
150 Airpark Blvd., Chico, CA
- Richvale: Small Animal Shelter | Humane Society of the United States
1210 Richvale Highway, Richvale, CA
- Gridley: Large Animal Shelter | Butte County Fairgrounds
199 E. Hazel St., Gridley, CA
Re-location of Lost Animals:
If your animal is lost, please visit www.campfirerescuedanimals.com and search the photo library of lost animals and resources. Many animals considered lost are being sheltered at the Chico Municipal Airport.