Fires Threaten Humans and Animals

Furiends, normally, living where I do is a lot of fun. You see, we get to enjoy good weather all year round. Oh, sure, there are days where it rains, and days where it is colder than we want. But we do not have to worry about white watery things falling from the sky. And we do not have to worry about icy pellets falling from the sky. When I tell Jacey and Koji about living in a place where this happens, they do not believe me.

There is one thing that we do have to worry about, though. We have to worry about wildfires. And yesterday, one of those started near me. These fires do not threaten Jacey, Koji, the human and me. But they are threatening many other humans and animals.

Smoke rises from the Lilac Fire in the Bonsall-Fallbrook area, Dec. 7, 2017.
Many Humans and Animals Are In Danger From This Fire

Hundreds of horses kept in a training facility that was threatened by the fire were released from their stables. But there is no way to know if they were able to escape from the flames. Sadly, the humans running the facility think that some of the horses may have perished in the flames.

The fire destroyed many homes. I hope that the humans fleeing these homes were able to take their felines and canines with them. Fortunately for these humans, shelters opened where humans can stay with their felines and canines.

Sadly, furiends, the winds driving this fire will continue to do so for a while. Firefighters say it may burn all the way to the coast. When even the Marines have been told to evacuate part of their base, you know it is very bad!

Furiends, while Jacey, Koji, the human, and I are safe, please send healing thoughts to the humans and animals near me who are suffering. And if you want to help the animals who are in the affected area, please consider sending green paper things to San Diego Humane Society, which is on the scene helping.

Animal Rescue Facility Faces Shutdown

AGWC Rockin' Rescue, an animal rescue and adoption center in Woodland Hills, has appealed a city of Los Angeles zoning administrator's decision to reject a requested variance so that the Ventura Boulevard building can remain open. Owner, Ady Gil in one of the cat rooms, is doing everything he can to keep the 11,000 square-foot facility that houses about 100 dogs and cats, in operation. January 17, 2016. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

It makes me happy when I learn about kind humans who help animals find new homes. Sometimes, these humans do not follow all the rules. And when they do, it can be a problem. That is why an animal rescue facility near Los Angeles is in trouble.

AGWC Rockin’ Rescue opened about three years ago. The human behind the organization did not get the needed permits to run the facility. After they found out about this, they tried to get a permit to operate where they are located. But the planning commission denied that request. And now, this animal rescue facility may have to close its doors.

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Even the humans who have to enforce the rules say that AGWC Rockin’ Rescue “is providing a valuable and necessary service.” But sadly, these humans have to enforce the rules. And that may mean that the facility closes.

Before the animal rescue group has to find a new location, there are many appeals they can make. And one city council member has taken up their cause. He plans to introduce legislation that will allow animal rescue facilities to operate in commercially zoned areas as long as they comply with certain rules.

Hopefully, he added, even if AGWC Rockin’ Rescue loses its appeal, the commission will see that legislation is being introduced to help them. And then they will postpone any action until that process concludes.

If the animal rescue group is forced to close down, the canines and felines living there may be in trouble. “If this place is closed down, then all of these animals would be packed on a truck and would go to [a shelter]. And they don’t come out of that shelter alive.”

I am hopeful that the humans on the planning commission will grant a variance to this animal rescue group. If not, I hope they will at least wait until the legislation proposed makes it through.

The Gentle Barn Animal Rescue

The Gentle Barn Is a Unique Animal Rescue

Usually, I share stories about animal rescue groups that help my fellow felines. But today, I want to share with you a story of The Gentle Barn. This unique animal rescue organization doesn’t just focus on felines or canines, like most animal rescue groups do.

The Gentle Barn Is a Unique Animal Rescue
Grace of The Gentle Barn Loves Her Ball

They have over 150 animals at their location in Santa Barbara, California.  Among these animals are cats and dogs, but also horses, donkeys, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens, and llamas.

These animals were all victims of abuse, neglect or worse. And they rightfully did not trust humans because of this. But because The Gentle Barn was committed to helping these animals recover, they have regained their trust in humanity. The ongoing physical and psychological needs they have means they must stay at The Gentle Barn for the rest of their lives.

But it is good that they are there. They are surrounded by caring humans, who have helped them recover. And then, in what makes The Gentle Barn a unique animal rescue, these animals become ambassadors to humans.

Animal Rescued At The Gentle Barn
A Gentle Barn Sponsor Meets Her Animal

These animals help at risk or special needs children feel better. Hearing the stories of abused animals makes children who suffered from the same treatment see that change is possible and that a safe haven can be found for those suffering from abuse. Special needs children see animals with challenges like theirs, and understand what is possible in spite of those challenges.

Education is another aspect of The Gentle Barn. Children learn about why animals act like they do.  They gain an understanding of the animals, learn about how humans and animals are similar, and learn to empathize with other living beings.

Imagine the life of an animal that makes its way to The Gentle Barn. First, the animal is rescued from abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Then, they are treated so that they recover from their conditions. And finally, they become an amazing ambassador teaching empathy and love.

That is a happy animal rescue story for sure. And there are more than 150 of those at The Gentle Barn.