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Santa Barbara County Animal Services takes in over 150 animals following the Cave Fire

Posted at 9:43 PM, Nov 26, 2019

The Cave Fire left many pet owners who were being evacuated with no option but to take their dogs in for shelter.

Santa Barbara County Animal Services has taken in 177 animals with help from the Humane Society.

Another 170 large animals are being sheltered at the Earl Warren Grounds in Santa Barbara.

MAP: Cave Fire perimeter, evacuation zones

The shelter says they will continue to take in animals, but they are looking to the community for help.

"We are looking for anyone who is interested in fostering a dog or a cat and take the animal into their homes for a couple of days" said Tara Diller, the shelters director.

Donald Stephens, the supervisor for the facility says there are many ways pet owners can prepare ahead for emergencies like these.

"Typically a carrier, if it’s a dog, cat or something like that. If you have livestock, larger animals, having the ability to load and transport and also having food -- you want to make sure you have food for at least a week or so,” said Stephens.

You can also make sure you always have medical records for your animals at hand.

If you need shelter for your animals, you can contact the Santa Barbara Animal Services hot-line at 805-681-4332.