Española Valley Humane Society
Española Valley Humane Society has provided safe shelter to over 55 pets displaced by or rescued from the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak inferno, the largest wildfire in New Mexico’s history. We evacuated every cat and kitten from our sister shelter in Las Vegas, NM, and transferred in more from another shelter. We took in bottle-baby kittens whose foster home burned, dogs left homeless by the fire, seven puppies evacuated by hot shots from the smoldering ash, and a feral kitten who was found limp by firefighters, suffering an infection from smoke inhalation.
Every single animal we took in was spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. Some required medical treatment or lengthy foster care. All of the animal who are of age have been adopted - including six adoptions by National Guard members on active duty in the fire. We waived all adoption fees in honor of their service. Thanks to the heroism and heart of first responders, our animal welfare community, and our supporters, we could help them all find their way out of the flames and into forever homes.
The Santa Fe Community Foundation invited its Community Resiliency Fund nonprofit grantees to submit stories related to their wildfire relief efforts.