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Target Date for Closure Announced for Temporary Animal Shelters

Posted on December 13, 2018


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.

Understandably, this is a very difficult time for survivors of the fire. We know animal owners want the best for their pets. Transitioning animals to a better life beyond the shelter is a priority of both BCAC and North Valley Animal Disaster Group. Animal owners are urged to contact the shelter hotline and speak with a reunification specialist to help identify a long-term solution to transition animals out of shelters. Options include fostering networks and private boarding facilities.

Shelter Hotline and Reunification Specialists: 530-895-0000.
The hotline is open daily from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

Beginning on December 18th, animals without identified owners will be micro-chipped and transferred to smaller animal shelters where they can receive more individual attention and housed for at least an additional 30 days. These animals will remain listed on the NVADG lost animals website: www.campfirerescuedanimals.com.

Animal reunification specialists have attempted to call every owner who has an animal at the shelter to the number on file, which was provided when they brought their animal to the shelter. Additionally, between now and January 4th, reunification teams will meet with shelter evacuees at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds to locate people who may have animals at the shelter. Specialists will identify a reunification and transition plan for their animals. Specialists will also be present at various community meetings and outreach opportunities to attempt to connect owners with their missing animals.

These temporary shelters housed over 2000 animals at the peak of the disaster, while providing medical and shelter services. Currently the shelters contain almost 1300 animals.

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. 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
    2279 Del Oro and Mono in Oroville, CA.
  • Richvale: Small Animal Shelter | Human Society of The United States
    1210 Richvale Highway, in Richvale, CA.
  • Gridley: Large Animal Shelter | Butte County Fairgrounds
    199 E. Hazel Street, in Gridley CA.

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

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