(February 13, 2017) – RedRover, a California-based nonprofit organization, is deploying volunteers to Chico, California, to care for animals evacuated from Butte, Yuba and Sutter counties as a result of the Oroville Dam auxiliary spillway hazard.
RedRover Responders volunteers will provide temporary emergency sheltering for the animals evacuated from homes at risk. RedRover and the ASPCA are assisting the North Valley Animal Disaster Group (NVADG) in providing sheltering assistance for the rescued animals.
RedRover Responders volunteers are providing daily care for the animals, including feeding, watering, cleaning, socialization and coordination with Butte County officials to reunite any displaced pets with their concerned families.
Distinguished by their red shirts, RedRover Responders volunteers are specially trained to care for and shelter large numbers of animals after they have been rescued from natural disasters. RedRover Responders volunteers provide the workforce which enables local communities to address the animal needs following a natural disaster.
“We’re so glad we were called in to help these animals and this community,” said RedRover President and CEO Nicole Forsyth. “Our volunteers are specially trained for these types of disaster situations, and they’ll provide not only the daily care, but the love and comfort that animals and families need during this stressful time.”
All of the animals are currently being housed at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico, where they are receiving food, fresh water, warm bedding and loving care from the RedRover volunteers, North Valley Animal Disaster Group and the ASPCA while they await reunification with their owners.
To help more animals in disaster, you can donate to the RedRover Emergency Response Fund at RedRover.org/EmergencyFund.
Founded in 1987, the mission of RedRover is to bring animals out of crisis and strengthen the bond between people and animals through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education. Learn more at RedRover.org.
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