As wildfires spread throughout southern California, The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center has prepared for an evacuation of its permanent residents and its rehabilitation patients. The Center is also ready and able to take in any local native predatory wildlife in need, such as coyotes, bobcats and any birds of prey who fall victim to smoke inhalation or injury from the local fire.
According to Christine Barton, director of operations at the Center, “While we are ready to implement our emergency animal evacuation procedures, we do not believe we are in imminent danger and we are confident that we will not have to leave. We are fully prepared for an influx of native wildlife displaced or injured from these horrific fires, and anticipate that once the fires are out, there will be other animals in need of our help.”
Among the permanent residents at the Ramona location are seven bobcats, a coyote, island cats, snakes and a pygmy hippo. Currently being rehabilitated for release are a bald eagle, a golden eagle, a bobcat, raven and others.
The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center, located in northeast San Diego County, treats more than 800 native wild animals annually for injuries or ailments and is a permanent home to over 30 rescued and exotic animals. The 13-acre wildlife center has helped more than 17,000 animals since it opened in 1984. Operated by The Fund for Animals, an affiliate of the Humane Society of the United States, the Center is accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.
For more information on how to help, visit the Center's website.