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North Valley Animal Disaster Group lessons learned from the Camp Fire

The North Valley Animal Disaster Group continues to grow, because California's wildfires keep getting bigger.

Posted: Sep 13, 2019 8:53 AM

CHICO, Calif. - The North Valley Animal Disaster Group continues to grow because California's wildfires keep getting bigger.

The North Valley Animal Disaster Group is made up of hundreds of volunteers, many of whom race behind the fire lines to rescue animals in the danger zone. 

Norm Rosene, President of NVADG, said the group was founded in 2003 after an Oroville woman ran into her burning home to save her dogs. She perished, revealing a need for a well-trained group to be able to rescue pets in order to save human lives.

Rosene says the Camp Fire revealed that the group needed to grow in size, and train more volunteers.  He says, "The Camp Fire was about the biggest disaster you could have for a local group.  The size of fires seems to be increasing, and the duration of responses seems to be increasing.  We're trying to become more robust so we'll be ready for any size of disaster that occurs."

NVADG is looking for more volunteers.  To learn more, CLICK HERE

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