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Source: San Diego Humane Society

June 21, 2016 (San Diego's East County) --As the #BorderFire continues to grow in East County, many people have been forced to evacuate, uncertain of options for their pets. San Diego Humane Society’s Humane Officers and Animal Rescue Reserve volunteer team have important information for pet owners in need of assistance.

“The most important thing people can do is leave early and take your pets with you. If it’s not possible to exit your pets, call the San Diego County Department of Animal Services Emergency Dispatch Line for assistance with companion animals and San Diego Humane Society’s Animal Rescue Reserve team for assistance with livestock and farm animals. Our agencies are working collaboratively as we often do during these emergencies to ensure all animals are getting the care they need,” says Stephen MacKinnon, Chief of Humane Law Enforcement for San Diego Humane Society.

San Diego Humane Society is currently working with the Red Cross to set up a pet-friendly shelter in conjunction with the evacuation center located at:

Los Coches Middle School: 9669 Dunbar Lane, El Cajon, CA 92021

MacKinnon continues, “In addition to evacuating animals, one of our big concerns right now is getting food and water to pets and livestock who are not in immediate threat. So far we’ve provided care for horses, cows, llamas, goats, and a ranch of 250,000 chickens, but we will need additional supplies as the fire grows.”

Donations of supplies can be delivered to:

San Diego Humane Society’s San Diego Campus: 5500 Gaines Street, San Diego, CA 92110

Most in need items include:

  • Livestock food and hay
  • Dog and cat food
  • Cat litter

For emergency assistance with evacuating animals, please call:

  • Companion Animals – San Diego County Department of Animal Services Emergency Dispatch Line: (619) 236-2341
  • Livestock – San Diego Humane Society’s Animal Rescue Reserve: (619) 299-0871

For additional information on incorporating your pets into your Disaster Preparedness Plan, visit:

Monetary donations to help support animal rescues are welcome and needed. Donations can be made to: San Diego Humane Society, 5500 Gaines Street, San Diego CA 92110; online at; or by calling (619) 299-7012.

About San Diego Humane Society’s Animal Rescue Reserve (ARR)

A program of San Diego Humane Law Enforcement department, ARR is a team of highly trained volunteers dedicated to assisting during disasters, by safely evacuating horses, livestock and household pets. ARR responds as needed anywhere in San Diego County when an animal is in peril and needs human intervention to be removed from a dangerous situation. 

About San Diego Humane Society

Serving San Diego County since 1880, San Diego Humane Society’s scope of social responsibility goes beyond adopting animals. San Diego Humane Society offers San Diegans a wide range of programs and services to ‘Inspire Compassion’ in our community, prevent cruelty/neglect, provide medical care, educate the community on the humane treatment of animals and provide safety net services for all pet families needing assistance with keeping their pets.

As one of San Diego’s oldest nonprofit organizations, San Diego Humane Society has campuses located in Escondido, Oceanside, and San Diego as well as adoption centers inside Petco stores throughout San Diego County. San Diego Humane Society is supported solely through contributions, grants, bequests, investments, proceeds from the Muttique retail store and small fees for services. For more information or to view our current animals available for adoption; please visit


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