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Santa Barbara County continues to care for pets during Thomas Fire

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People aren't the only evacuees in the Thomas wildfire -- plenty of animals are still being sheltered too. 

Santa Barbara County Animals Services is continuing to house pets of owners who live in the mandatory and voluntary evacuation areas -- no fees included. 

Other agencies are helping out too, including the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society, which has all of Santa Barbara County Animal Services' adoptable dogs in order to make room for the evacuated Santa Barbara pets. Everything from tiny finches to horses, alpacas and emus are being sheltered at various spots. 

Although crews have made good progress fighting the fire in recent days, officials say to wait until evacuation orders are lifted to come pick up pets. 

"We would certainly encourage everyone to not come and get your pets until the mandatory evacuation is lifted in your area, because you don't want to have to bring them back and be stressed out about that," said Jennifer Adame with Santa Barbara County Animal Services. 

And fortunately, she said, her organization hasn't seen many strays since the fire sparked earlier this month, forcing thousands to evacuate and charring more than 270,000 acres. 

Related: 1,500 animals being cared for during Thomas Fire

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