Update on California Wildfires

What we’re doing and how you can help!

We’re prepared to accept up to 300 dogs and cats from California animal shelters following the devastating wildfires that have left families and their pets stranded. Seattle Humane will receive animals from several flights over the next month. Staff and volunteers will also drive to California to physically pick up shelter pets at designated hubs. This will help relieve overcrowding in California shelters to open up space and resources for pets displaced by the fires, and for those in need of temporary housing. Seattle Humane will not take in pets separated from their owners in the disaster. 

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This is the latest update on California pet transfers to Seattle Humane:

  • Nov. 20 | 11 kittens arrived by commercial flight at SeaTac Airport
  • Nov. 23 | Small transfer of dogs arrived by commercial flight at SeaTac Airport
  • Nov. 24 | Seattle Humane’s Life-Saver Rescue Team drove transfer vehicles to Yreka, Calif. and transported 30 dogs back to Seattle Humane
  • Nov. 30 | 16 cats and kittens arrived by commercial flight at SeaTac Airport

We anticipate that many of these pets will be made available for adoption immediately following their initial check-ins, spay and neuter surgeries, and behavior assessments, and they likely will not require foster care. You can see adoptable animals as they become available on our adoption page.

But adopting any pet in our care will help animals in California by making room for new arrivals.

Please visit often for more updates, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at @seattlehumane.

What can you do to help?

39 thoughts on “Update on California Wildfires

  1. is it possible to find out if you have any corgies coming in? We have been searching for an affordable corgy for months. My niece (25) lost her mother last year and needs a companion to cheer her up. She was very close to my sister and we are trying to help her find her the dog she has been searching for. She has a fenced yard and would be going to a loving home.
    thanks, Sandy Dembinski 360-304-2009

    1. Hi Sandy, we won’t be sure until they arrive later this week. You can see adoptable pets as they become available on our adoption page.

      1. Is the Corgi mix part of the CA relocation program? Any idea what other breed is part of this Corgi? I have friends in AZ that adopted a purebred fluffy Corgi and they just adore her!

  2. Hi,

    We’re looking for a small dog, roughly 15-25 lbs. We’re most interested in a younger poodle-mix.

    Any idea if there are any small dogs other than chihuahua in this group?

  3. Hello, my family and I are going to to possibly adopting dog coming up from the California fires. Looking for a smaller lap dog do you know when you will be updating the adoption page with the 20 dogs coming in from Seatac today?

  4. Seattle Humane is prioritizing large breed dogs right now but it’s certainly possible. We currently have several small dogs in our care. Just check out the website at seattlehumane.org. Adopting any dog will help animals in California by opening up space for new arrivals.

  5. Our 13-year-old Westie went over the Rainbow Bridge on Nov. 1. It is the first time we have been without a Westie in 20 years. It is so quiet in our home without one! We are senior citizens, so we didn’t want to adopt a puppy. We would love to have a rescue Westie or a bonded pair!

    1. Hi there. We aren’t able to provide individual searches for specific breeds or pets but you can see all adoptable animals at seattlehumane.org.

    1. Hi there. We aren’t able to provide individual searches for specific breeds or pets but you can see all adoptable animals at seattlehumane.org.

  6. It breaks my heart the number of animals who are in great need from these horrific fires. I have been wanting to rescue a small dog, perhaps in the terrier category, and would love to be of help to give a home to a displaced dog from the California fires.

    My heart is heavy for them all…..

    Thank you for all you are doing.

  7. When will the cats that came in on 21st and ones coming in today be available for adoption ? My daughter and I are interested in helping out by coming down and seeing about adopting. In addition are there any specials on adoption fee’s at this time for any of the cats available ?

        1. Hi TinaM. The kittens transferred from California have been adopted! But you can always see more kittens as they become available on our website under “Adoption.” Not all kittens will have time for a photo but they should have a profile/placeholder indicating they’re available for adoption. Thank you!

  8. We are driving home from Los Angeles this evening with our three dogs to Seattle. We will drive straight through and take doggy breaks. We could potentially drive a few dogs to Seattle humane in bellevue. They would be in the truck bed but we could easily keep the kennel wrapped with blankets. Potentially a bonded pair that would prefer to share kennel space. Let me know if I could help!

    1. Thank you for this kind offer! But our Life-Saver Team is driving to CA today to receive animals who are ready for transport so we’re covered. We appreciate the offer!

  9. My husband & I recently lost our Newfie/Pyrenees to cancer. We have an Aussie /Collie that is pretty lonesome. We’d certainly consider fostering or adopting a larger dog.

    1. Hi Terry. All available pets are automatically shown on our website. Please go to the “adoption” section of seattlehumane.org to check out the sweet faces! Some of the dogs we brought back from California on Saturday will be available for adoption today (Monday).

  10. Looking for a small loving dog for a nice home to comfort after the stress of fire. I’m a work from home professional without kids or other pets so plenty of time to spoil my new furry friend.

    1. Hi Dallas. All available pets are automatically shown on our website. Please go to the “adoption” section of seattlehumane.org to check out the sweet faces! Some of the dogs we brought back from California on Saturday will be available for adoption today (Monday).

    1. Hi Jaime. The kittens transferred from California have been adopted! But you can always see more kittens as they become available on our website under “Adoption.” Not all kittens will have time for a photo but they should have a profile/placeholder indicating they’re available for adoption. Thank you!

    1. Hi Lisa. All available pets are automatically shown on our website. Please go to the “adoption” section of seattlehumane.org to check out the sweet faces! Some of the dogs we brought back from California on Saturday will be available for adoption today (Monday).

    1. Hi Carol! Once Dahlia has a photoshoot with one of our photography volunteers, her photo will automatically be loaded onto her website profile.

  11. We’re still working to match owners and pets – how can you put camp fire animals up for adoption so quickly!?!
    We’re spending hours posting descriptions, contact info, pet photos into a searchable database and have a huge number of volunteers contacting owners.
    If you take in pets and have no public photos available, until you deem them adoptable, how are Camp Fire victims ever going to find their pets? Where are the photos of the animals you’ve taken? This makes our efforts feel like a complete waste of time!

    1. Hi there. As stated in the blog, Seattle Humane is not taking in pets lost or separated from their owners. These animals were in California shelters as homeless pets prior to the wildfires. Thank you for your work to reunite families. By making room in California shelters, we’re hoping this effort will provide space in those shelters to reunite lost pets with their families and provide temporary housing for displaced pets.

      Again, Seattle Humane is NOT taking in owned animals.

  12. I keep checking the website for Australian Cattle dogs. We missed out on Lucky Charms. Keep up the great work with all these great animals.

  13. We’re looking for a dog to join our family! We have a two and a half year old and would love to talk with someone about dogs who would be a good fit into our growing family.

  14. I am just wanting clarification. The pets you are receiving are or are not from the Campfire wildfire? Are they pets from the California shelters being shipped to make room for the wildfire pets that have not been matched with their owners? I am looking to match pets to parents, but if they are taken from the area it will be a lost cause.

    Thanks.

    1. Hi Dawn. This is correct. As stated in the blog, Seattle Humane is only transferring animals who were previously in shelters before the fires. We are not taking in animals separated from their owners.

    1. Hi Tracy! We only received 16 cats and kittens on Friday and most of them were adopted over the weekend. Keep checking our adoption section for more kitties if you’re specifically looking for young kittens as they become available. Thank you!

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