Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles’ (spcaLA) Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) will deploy to the Woolsey Fire after answering the call for mutual aid from the Los Angeles County Department of Care and Control.
spcaLA is headed to a staging area in Thousand Oaks, where DART members will report to Los Angeles County Incident Command. DART consists of humane officers, veterinary staff, animal care givers, and other professionals.
“spcaLA is proud to help our community, and our partners in Los Angeles County,” said spcaLA President Madeline Bernstein. “And, we are especially thankful to spcaLA donors – it is their support that provides the vehicles, equipment, supplies, training, and staffing necessary to maintain spcaLA’s elite response team.”
spcaLA urges residents heed all orders, and for well-wishers to donate to relief organizations, rather than attempting to enter affected areas. Up-to-date information about evacuations, human shelters, animal shelters, health alerts, and road closures can be found at lacounty.gov/woolseyfire.
spcaLA and Los Angeles County have partnered during disasters for decades, an arrangement made formal when Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a Mutual Assistance Agreement between spcaLA and Los Angeles County and the role of each in the event of natural or man-made disasters in 2011.
To support spcaLA’s disaster relief efforts, please donate at spcaLA.com. Additionally, donations of unopened pet food and wire crates – to supplement what spcaLA is bringing to the Woolsey Fire – can be dropped off at any spcaLA location during operating hours, or purchased on spcaLA’s Amazon Wish List>.