About Our Group
What started out as a need to find owner's pets during the 2015 Lake County, California Fire has since blossomed into a vast network of volunteers whose mission is to rescue and reunify animals with their families after similar disasters. Our group, Pet Rescue and Reunification, has since assisted during the California fires in Sonoma and Napa (Oct 2017), Mendocino (October 2017 and Mendocino Complex 2018), Redding (Carr Fire 2018) and Paradise & Magalia (Camp Fire 2018), among others. Some of these groups are still in the field a year later, continuing to support the rescue effort.
After a devastating fire in California's Lake County in 2015, a group of concerned animal lovers noticed that there was no centralized database of lost and found pets to help families reunite after the fire. While shelters and rescues shared what they could, the posts on social media were chaotic and there was no database for "Good Samaritans" to post pets they were finding. Volunteers from this group started organizing all the lost, found, and sighted animals into albums and began coordinating with community field rescuers.
Forming a Team
After the 2017 fires in Sonoma and Napa, a structured and effective field rescue team formed. This new team merged the power and reach of social media with their data expertise and field rescue. Each time this "Pet Rescue and Reunification" team was alerted to the news of a new fire or disaster, they launched an online group to help communities organize their community and field rescues. The infrastructure put in place helps to prepare these same communities for future disasters.
The Camp Fire
On November 8th, 2018, the group faced its greatest test as the communities of Paradise, Magalia and Concow were devastated by the "Camp Fire," the deadliest in California's history. Eleven thousand homes would be lost over the course of as many days. A new team was immediately deployed made up of veteran and new volunteers to begin the long process of documenting and rescuing the hundreds of cats, dogs, rabbits and other animals who were suddenly without a home or were injured during the fast-moving fire.
Many of our volunteers have several years' experience working across multiple counties, including in Shasta, Lake, Sonoma, Butte counties and as far as across state boarders. Our group has been recognized by our community and local leaders, receiving a "Community Hero" Merit Award from the City of Santa Rosa as well as a Certificate of Congressional Recognition. Press from all over the nation has also taken note of Pet Rescue and Reunifications efforts.
We are able to do so much to help pets and their families due to our structure. Each Pet Rescue & Reunification group is made up of three main teams: the Field Team, Administration Team and Matching Team.
Transparency and Cooperation
Our group knows that working together with other groups is the most effective way to rescue and reunite pets with their families. To that end, we follow these tenets: