Furiends, I consider myself a very fortunate feline to live in San Diego. There are not too many days where I do not get to work on my fur tan. Even the cold days here are not too bad for me, and I can still go out on the balcony to enjoy some fresh air.
This is not a normal time. It is very hot right now. Our normal high temperature for this time of year is 68 degrees. The high today was 97 degrees! The low temperature of 70 degrees was actually higher than our normal high temperature.
Not surprisingly, when it is so hot and dry, it is good weather for fires to start and spread. That is how the San Diego fires have caused so many problems around here began.
One of the resulting problems from the San Diego fires was the need for humans and animals to be evacuated from areas that were at risk. It is very difficult to mobilize enough resources to help make this happen. Fortunately, humans did not have to leave their animals behind because many rescue groups and volunteers helped.
In just one day, for example, the San Diego Humane Society‘s response to the San Diego fires involved setting up a temporary shelter area, which is housing 28 horses, two goats, several sheep, 15 chickens, and three turkeys.
I also shared with you the story of how, in response to just one of the San Diego fires, the Helen Woodward Animal Center had to evacuate 400 animals very quickly. Well, the good news is that these animals were able to return to the shelter after what we are calling the Bernardo fire was suppressed to the point where it did not pose a threat.
And the Helen Woodward Animal Center is coordinating responses for large animal trailers so that other humans and animals who are in danger due to the San Diego fires can get out of the area.
We are known as a very pet friendly city. So many animals were able to be helped due to the humans who live here caring enough to help. I am a lucky feline to live here!