Grass Valley Firefighters
Residents of Northern California have been dealing with a devastating wildfire blazing its way through over 100,000 acres of land. The flames began on July 23, 2018, with thousands of families evacuating their homes to seek shelter. Firefighters also recently discovered a pair of animals who got lost from their humans in all the chaos.
The cat and chicken were found “huddled together for safety and support,” as was reported by the Grass Valley Firefighters on their Facebook page. It’s sad to imagine how they became separated from their respective humans, but at least they managed to find each other and clearly form a comforting bond. According to the firefighters, the adorable critters are among the survivors of what is one of the most destructive fires in memory. They each suffered minor burns, but are both expected to make a full recovery.
Firefighters on the scene were able to find a dish nearby and quickly provide fresh water for the cat and chicken. While the friends quenched their thirst, team members also located an animal carrier. It took some coaxing, which isn’t surprising considering the ordeal they'd endured, but the new buddies eventually climbed into the same kennel and were transported to the local SPCA.
They are certainly a strange twosome to see outside of a farmhouse setting. Fate seemed to bring them together when they needed each other the most. Hopefully they will be able to continue this beautiful friendship even after their humans arrive to claim them. According to Grass Valley reporter Elias Funez, the cat goes by the name Whiskers, and his owners have been located.
You can help with the ongoing relief needed in the Northern California area by donating to the Red Cross. Tri Counties Bank is also accepting donations through a verified GoFundMe campaign. And as this story highlights, it’s also important to remember the animals affected by the fires. You can contribute to the Haven Humane Society with money, food, or supplies for pets separated from their families. As of now, official reports claim only 39 percent of the flames have been contained. There is still a lot more work to do, but we can all chip in to help.