We often hear people say, "I don't think my pet could have survived. They were inside our house when it burned."
When we reply with "Have hope!" it may seem like an empty promise.
But we have reunited many cats that were inside houses that burned--even houses with doors and windows shut and locked. We don't always know how they survived, but our trappers have some ideas:
There are more examples we could share, but the fact is, time and time again we find cats can survive a house fire. Unfortunately, the myth that a cat trapped in a house that has burned down couldn't possibly be found alive prevents people from posting about their lost pet, or sometimes even looking for them. This results in many rescued pets languishing in shelters, never to be reunited with their families.
Meet Tiger Lily
This cat is one of these "myth-busting" cats. Tiger Lily was fourteen years old at the time of the Tubbs fire, and inside a home that burned. She was found and trapped 134 days later, living just three houses over. Cats trapped in their homes can be found months or even a year or more after a fire. To see evidence of this, please check out our "Reunited" album from the Sonoma fire here.
Watch our YouTube video about Shadow, the cat who was Found, then Lost, then Found Again.
If you need help finding your pet, please contact us! Go to our Find a Lost Pet page or send us an email at PetRescueandReunification.org.
I had almost given up hope of ever seeing Freddie again. I almost bought a remembrance stone for our garden a couple weeks ago. Then I thought that might be a jinx, so I decided against it...Ella is so happy to have her kitty back and so are we. Thank you and your compatriots so much for getting Freddie home. I hope other people read it and realize with help from others that there is always hope.
I absolutely hold everyone involved in the highest esteem. Thank you seems inadequate. I love everyone involved. The tenacity in finding these cats’ humans is humbling and so worth it."
You are animal responders. Heros in the field. As a fellow rescuer and trauma responder: