Many cats were reunited with their families after the Camp Fire, but dozens remain

The volunteers at the pop-up shelter Fur or Friends United in Rescue say they still have dozens of cats in their care that were rescued from the Camp Fire burn area.

Posted: May 22, 2019 2:20 PM
Updated: May 23, 2019 2:12 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - The volunteers at the pop-up shelter Fur or Friends United in Rescue say they still have dozens of cats in their care that were rescued from the Camp Fire burn area. 

The shelter was founded after the Camp Fire with the specific goal of reuniting fire survivors with their pets. 

So far, 50 cats were returned. 

Hannah Braden, a volunteer for the shelter, is glad that the organization has been successful.

"It's the best feeling ever. I mean, to be able to have rescued a house cat or outdoor cat, somebody's baby that they thought was gone. I mean, it's the best feeling ever. It's a win in our book, you know what I mean? The people are just so happy, you know, for them losing everything you brought back a little piece of what they thought they lost and it really makes everything so much better," said Braden

If the remaining cats are not returned to their families, they will eventually be re-homed. 

Below are some of the cooperating organizations with this reunification efforts. They list pets that are still in their care and give the opportunity to donate.

Those without internet can go to Ponderosa Elementary School in Paradise to look at the "wall of found pets." 

Organizations involved in sheltering cats:

Camp Fire Pet Rescue & Reunification

Pet portfolio from Field Haven

Camp Fire section of the Chico Animal Shelter

Camp Fire section of the Butte Humane Society

Photos of the found cats

Camp Fire lost and found animals Facebook page 

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