Horses gather together in their stable as a wildfire burns next door in Modjeska Canyon along Santiago Road Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007, in Silverado, Calif.  Wildfires fanned by fierce desert winds consumed huge swaths of bone-dry southern California. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Fuelled by dry winds, more than 500,000 acres have been burned in 18 wildfires that are spreading across Southern California. Since October 21, 2007, 1/2 million residents have been displaced in what now has been declared as a major emergency by President Bush.


The Humane Society of Canada is working around the clock to provide whatever assistance we can and have already committed $10,000 from its own Animal Disaster Relief Fund and is asking others to consider making a donation here or by calling toll free 1-800-641-KIND to help animal disaster relief and recovery efforts.


The Humane Society of Canada has also dispatched Executive Director, Michael O’Sullivan, who has worked in animal protection for more than 40 years and has experience working in disaster and war zones around the world, to San Diego to work with local organizations.


Llamas and goats look for shelter on the edge of the road from the burning wildfire driven by powerful winds in the Silverado Canyon on Santiago Road Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007, in Silverado, Calif. A wildfire driven by powerful Santa Ana winds forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes in southern California. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)


As wildfires become more contained efforts are shifting to focusing more on what can be done to help animals and their families whose homes were destroyed. Each one of these hard hit communities includes families who need help with their dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and small pets, horses and livestock. Orphaned and injured wildlife also need help.


Animals now safe from harm


Safe from harm now

For more pictures of the animals affected by the fire click here


If you have lost your pet or have found a pet that has been displaced by the wildfires you can list them on our Lost Pet Pages and Found Pet Pages


Where the Fires are Burning - Google Map with live updates

San Diego Fire Animal Rescue Updates - Find out what is happening to save the animals of San Diego County

One Santa Clarita man suffered severe burns when he went into a burning barn to save a dozen therapy horses at the Heads Up Therapy Ranch

Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and the families affected by these wildfires.

For those who have lost someone in the fire, we invite you to include a special person or animal in our Book of Remembrance .

This is a special memorial we have established for people and animals and we encourage you to send us photos and write whatever you like about your favourite animals and your favourite animal lovers.


Important HSC Emergency Items to Have on Hand

HSC First Aid Kit : This inexpensive kit was developed by numerous people experienced in animal care and rescue and is invaluable in emergency situations. It includes a 28-page first aid manual.

Animal Guardian Program : Animal Guardians is an initiative supporting our programs to protect pets, horses, farm animals and lab animals.

HSC Special Wallet Card: An important item that contains instructions as to who should be contacted to care for the animals should their human guardian not be able to do so personally.

HSC Disaster Relief Checklist : This card lists items that should be included in your pets' disaster relief kit as well as where the animals will be taken in the event of an emergency.

The Pet Recovery Team : Reunites lost pets with their families through a special network which includes giving each one of your pets an id tag bearing your pet's name and your contact telephone numbers. On the other side of the tag, is a unique serial number keyed to each one of your pets' information, complete with The Humane Society of Canada's toll free number, which works from anywhere in the world.

These items are available by contacting The Humane Society of Canada at 1-800-641-KIND (5463) or through the website at



News Updates

Dogs Looking For Homes After California Wildfires - Itchmo

Vets & Vet Facilities Offering FREE or Reduced Cost Services for 2007 SoCal Animals - Citizen Action Team Relief

FOCAS focused on wildfires' 4-legged victims - Union Tribune

Escondido shelter hopes to see flurry of holiday adoptions - North County Times

Man returned to ranch to tend to bison herd during wildfires - Union Tribune

Animal sanctuary struggles after fire - Union Tribune

Researchers Photograph Coyote Escaping California Wildfires - Associated Content

Farmers clean up, give thanks after wind and wildfires - California Farm Bureau Federation

Free pet food for fire victims - Union Tribune Blogspot

Why California's Wildfires are America's Future - Newsweek

Sifting through the ashes - Union Tribune

Frequent fires slow nature's rebound time - LA Times

Fire toll yet to be fully determined - Horse Talk

California wildfires cost farmers dear - Farmers Weekly

Weathering the storm - Union Tribune

Californians care for animals during and after wildfires - AVMA

Up to 2,200 evacuees, many animals aided at fairgrounds - Union Tribune

Californian fires scorch zoo's edge - Nature

California Wildfires Destroy Animal Habitats : USFWS

San Diego Wildfires Let Hippopotamus Get Loose, Invade Chargers Coach's Pool - AOL

Fire, day by day: Seven days of destruction - Orange County Register

Biodiversity takes a hit - Union Tribune

Pets Remain Priority for Displaced Californians Fleeing Homes From Wildfires - Fox

Combat Camera: Military Supports Southern California Wildfire Efforts - The Tension

Santiago, Slide fires still worrisome - LA Times

Firefighters Take Giant Steps to Tackle Blaze on Moon-Like Highway Terrain - Fox News

NASA's high-tech wildfire weapons - CNN

Crews go after pets left in fire evacuation - USA Today

Break in Weather Slows California Wildfires - ENN

Stress of fires affects animals, too - San Diego Union Tribune

Not quite business as usual for hotels in fire zones - LA Times

Thousands of horses rescued but others left in fire zones - Horse Talk

California Fires Force Animal Evacuation - National Geographic

Fires create electricity 'island' in San Diego - ENN

Winds wane as 18 wildfires burn in California - ENN

Newsom Deploys San Francisco Firefighters to Southern California fires - How private donors can help - San Francisco Sentinel

California: Fire Costs Flare - Business Week

Fires won't hurt long term, economists say - LA Times

PBS Station Invokes Google Maps To Help San Diego Residents Flee Fires - Information Week

Fires force residential exodus in California - Taipei Times

Scale of the fires' disruption on display at San Diego stadium - LA Times

Fires foul up the air, travel plans and tourist attractions - Seattle Times

San Diego's Inferno: Relief Ahead? - Time Magazine

Witch fire roars across northern San Diego County - Union-Tribune

Kindness And Refuge Amidst The Smoke - CBS

CA Fires Shut Down I-5 In Both Directions Near Camp Pendleton - WFMY News 2

Calif. Wildfires Put Thousands of Animals in Peril - ABC News

Wildfires: Evacuating Man's Best Friends - CBS

Rescuers race flames to save pets, livestock - CNN