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The Central California Animal Disaster Team, Kern County Division cares for animals displaced by wildfires

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Posted at 8:41 PM, Oct 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-02 23:41:09-04

TEHACHAPI, Calif. — The Central California Animal Disaster Team volunteers have been working diligently to protect and care for animals displaced by recent wildfires, devoting hours.

During Kern County’s Stagecoach fire in August, volunteers from Tehachapi, Central California Animal Disaster Team in coordination with Kern County Animal Services and the Red Cross, established an emergency small animal shelter in Tehachapi in support of the Stagecoach Fire evacuations.

Also, in August, two Tehachapi CCADT volunteers responded to a request for assistance at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo. They spent several days caring for large animals and livestock that had been displaced by the LNU Complex Fires.

More recently, seven CCADT volunteers from Tehachapi traveled to the Clovis Rodeo Grounds and the Fresno County Fairgrounds to care for horses, cattle, and other livestock displaced by the massive Creek Fire.

Over the course of two weeks, working around the clock, these seven volunteers worked 729 hours to keep these animals safe and well cared for.

Using the most recent California average volunteer value rate of $29.95 per hour, these volunteers contributed more that $21,833 in services during their Fresno County deployments in coordination with the Fresno County Agricultural Commissioner.