In the last few days, thousands of people in California have lost their homes to three wildfires blazing in the north and south of the state. Forty-four people have been killed and more than 200 remain missing, with more casualties expected in the days to come. The Camp Fire, which continues to blaze east of the city of Chico, has become the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state’s history.
California’s horsemen and women in the affected communities are in desperate need of refuge and supplies for their evacuated horses, pets, and other livestock, and no matter where you’re located, financial donations are the best way to help.
- The Humane Society of Ventura County
After thousands of mandatory evacuations in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, the local Humane Society is currently accepting animals fleeing the Hill and Woolsey Fires. To make a donation to support these efforts, click here (or visit the link in PonyApp’s Instagram bio).
- The North Valley Animal Disaster Group
Located in Chico, this non-profit works with emergency services to assist with the shelter and evacuation of animals during a disaster. The organization has handled more than 3,000 calls for service during the Camp Fire, and is currently housing more than 1,300 animals in its shelters. To make a donation to the North Valley Animal Disaster Group, click here.
- Caring Choices
If you’re located near Chico, this non-profit has become a de facto volunteer organizing hub, providing medical assistance, care for displaced animals, and other services in areas ravaged by the Camp Fire. Although Caring Choices has put a temporary hold on new volunteer applications, it expects to need extra assistance in the weeks ahead, as well as financial support. Click here to learn more or make a donation.
GoFundMe is currently assisting in the fundraising effort by pre-verifying a number of funds raising money through its channels for wildfire victims, including 17 dedicated to local animal rescues. To visit GoFundMe’s animal page, click here, or to see their full list of pre-verified California wildfire funds, click here.