Our beautiful city of Los Angeles and parts of Ventura county are on fire. We have already lost over 100,000 acres combined with the Thomas, Creek, Rye, and Skirball wildfires and less than 20% containment of each one. Hundreds of thousands of people and animals have been displaced and many lives have been lost. Unfortunately, because of the Santa Ana winds, extremely low humidity, and dry brush, we have the perfect conditions for these fires to spread.
A big thank you to our extremely brave first responders who are risking their lives to fight these fires and save both people and animals in harm’s way. And here is how you can help.
The Humane Society of Ventura County has taken in over 100 animals.
Drop off any of the following items at 402 Bryant St. in Ojai: Alfalfa hay, Timothy hay, cat chow, rabbit food, flashlights, headlamps, lanterns, water troughs, bottled water, fruit, snacks, hoses, and power generators.
Donate food and water for volunteers, or make a cash donation on HSVC’s website.
Donate to Noah’s Legacy Fund, which provides supplies, training, and equipment to first responders charged with rescuing animals from areas stricken by natural disasters.
Mail donations to P.O. Box 100515, Pasadena, CA 91189-0515 or through the LACACF website.
Dozens of families who’ve already lost their homes have turned to GoFundMe for donations.
Here is a list of all the verified campaigns.
The United Way of Ventura County, American Red Cross of Ventura County, and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services have teamed up to create the Thomas Fire Fund.
Text UWVC to 41444 to make a cash donation, call 805-485-6288, or go online to United Way of Ventura County’s website.
Checks with “Thomas Fire Fund” in the memo line can be mailed to 702 County Square Drive, Suite 100 Ventura, CA 93003.
The Salvation Army is accepting food and water at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.
You can donate cash by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or visiting the website.
***If you live near the wildfires, please place buckets of clean water outside for the wild animals who have been displaced and are disoriented and tired from losing their homes. They need to refuel too. And bring your domestic pets inside so the wild animals can pass through safely***