Six Months of Camp Fire Cat Recovery Efforts
By FieldHaven Feline Center
Our Work Continues…
This week marked an auspicious anniversary; on May 8th it had been six months since the Camp Fire started. While we don’t celebrate that date, we do celebrate the wins that have happened since that tragic day: cats rescued, families reunited, friendships made, resources shared, gratitude shown.
On November 8th at 8:09 am, FieldHaven Executive Director Joy Smith received a text that emergency help was needed in Oroville for small animal sheltering. How all of our lives have changed since that day.
November: FieldHaven opened and operated the evacuation and rescue center in Yuba City with Yuba/Sutter Office of Emergency Services. Cats, pocket pets, chickens, and even an iguana sheltered with us.
December: After the initial disaster response moved into recovery, FieldHaven opened and operated the Alley Cats Allies® Recovery Center in Marysville with the financial support of this organization that is the global engine of change for cats.
January: Offering a place for trappers to bring recovered cats and for owners to search for their pets, the Recovery Center became the hub of Camp Fire activity with nearly 80 cats being cared for.
February: With the Recovery Center at capacity, including overflow at FieldHaven’s main shelter, the Transfer Station was opened in Paradise to double the capacity for sheltered cats. Partnering with Pet Rescue and Reunification, FieldHaven staff members began living on site to provide 24/7 assistance in addition to the Recovery Center.
March: TNR (trap, neuter, return) was begun to return feral cats to their respective feeding stations throughout Paradise and Magalia. Working with several adoption partners, FieldHaven began offering cats for adoption with Nevada Humane Society and Humane Society of Silicon Valley.
April: With recovery results slowing down, the Marysville and Paradise operations were merged into the Paradise location.
May: As of the sixth month anniversary of the Camp Fire on May 8th, FieldHaven has assisted in the recovery of more than 560 cats. Efforts are continuing and will continue…
The aptly-named Lucky and Pat reunite after six months
Nearly 600 rescued cats later, FieldHaven is still operating a shelter in Paradise. We have about 60 cats in our care, many of them now available for adoption after many efforts failed to find their owners.
Please note that the new phone number for all Camp Fire Cat inquiries is (530) 783-9009.
We are grateful for your support as we continue with our Camp Fire recovery efforts and the programs and services we provide to the community on a regular basis. One of the best ways you can help Fieldhaven is to spread the word about the work we do. The more people who know about our efforts and support us with donations and volunteering their time, the more good we can do, and the more lives we can save.