OROVILLE, Calif - Many animals have been displaced and left behind as fires continue to burn all throughout Northern California and The North Valley Animal Disaster Group continues to evacuate animals.
"They will go out and either perform shelter in places where they will go and visit an animal, facility, every two days they will bring food and water," said Executive Director of North Valley Animal Disaster Group. "Also, they will leave the paperwork there incase people come home, they know what is going on and they also perform evacuation if they want to get that animal out of there."
The NVADG crews went to Clipper Mills Thursday where they evacuated animals due to fast-spreading fires.
"A little bit of peace to know if the fire comes through here they might not have been able to escape because they were trapped in the house," said NVADG volunteer, Susan Bennett. "We're all here because we love animals, so to know that we can get these guys to a safe place and it's harder when we leave the area and we're unable to contain an animal."
While animal control officer Linda Newman loves her job, she shares with me some of the challenges and dangers.
"Anything behind fire lines, obviously there is a risk because you know the public is not allowed up here right now because of the dangers and weather can change at any time and fire is unpredictable, so there is definitely a degree of danger involved," said Linda Newman.
The NVADG team evacuated four cats from a home in Clipper Mills amongst many others.
"So all four cats were in the house and with this area being in imminent danger, we are going to evacuate them so, we are able to take all four cats down and I'll leave a notice at the house and when we get back into cell phone reception, I will call the owner and let her know where the cats are at," said Bennett.
Once the animals have been evacuated, they take them to the animal shelters and care for them until they can reunite with their owners.
There are three animal shelters set up through the North Valley Animal Disaster Group. Two are for smaller domestic animals. One is located at 521 Cal Oaks and the other is located at Del Oro in Oroville. The large animal shelter is located at the Camelot Equestrian Park which is also in Oroville.