Camp Fire Recovery
The Camp Fire is the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history and the deadliest in the United States in 100 years. The town of Paradise, California was essentially destroyed and other nearby communities heavily damaged. Within the first few weeks after the fire, over 2,000 dogs and cats were rescued but there are hundreds of cats still in the fire zone needing rescue.
FieldHaven operated an emergency evacuation and rescue center for 23 days beginning the day of the fire. During that time, about 100 cats were cared for as well as other “critters” including birds, rabbits, chickens and reptiles.
Camp Fire Recovery Efforts
- Fostering for fire victims who can’t have their cats with them until their living situation stabilizes
- Providing rehoming services for victims who unfortunately have to surrender their cats due to hardship
- Providing veterinary care for any Camp Fire cats in our foster and adoption programs
- Searching and trapping cats still in the fire zone. Owners are requesting the help of our expert trapping teams to locate and rescue their beloved kitties who lives are still at risk.
Be sure to see the award-winning documentary, The Fire Cats: Save Something Small.
Alley Cat Allies® Recovery Center
Reuniting Fire Cats with Families
he Alley Cat Allies® Recovery Center was where folks looking for their displaced cats went in order to reunite with their feline friends. It served as a holding area while matchers continued to try to reunite families. Some cats went into foster homes if they were too stressed at the center. Upon arriving at the center, cats received medical care and an exam (if deemed necessary), vaccinations, flea treatment, de-worming, and a microchip. The center closed in early 2019. It was located at 620 Ninth Street, Marysville, California.
The Transfer Station
Assessing the Situation
Trappers brought cats in from the fire zone to the Transfer Station. From there, they would be assessed and added to our website and Facebook page. In one to three days, our transfer team would take them to the Alley Cat Allies® Recovery Center for medical intake and continued reunion efforts. Ferals were altered, ear-tipped, and microchipped, then released back to their feeding station area. It served as a place for immediate intake and sheltering upon being rescued. The Transfer Station closed in early 2019 and was located at 5399 Clark Road, Paradise, California.
FieldHaven Feline Center Shelter
Continuing the Search
Cats who needed medical care beyond what we were able to offer at the Alley Cat Allies® Recovery Center were transferred to our main shelter in Lincoln, California. It was also where we relocated cats who had been at the Alley Cat Allies® Recovery Center for at least 30 days. At the shelter, we continued searching for these kitties’ families, but realized they might never be reunited. FieldHaven Feline Center is open Monday through Saturday and is located at 2754 Ironwood Lane, Lincoln, California.
Finding New Homes
Cats who were left unclaimed eventually needed to move and find new families. We have great adoption parters, such as the Nevada Humane Society, the Humane Society of Silicon Valley, and the San Francisco SPCA, who helped us find new homes for our unclaimed Camp Fire kitties.