Animal rescues

Tulare County Animal Services on standby for large animal rescue during fires

Tulare County Animal Services officials are still arranging logistics for people with animals in communities where the KNP Complex fire is burning.

So far, a series of three fires have burned more than 1,000 acres of Sequoia National Park.

Tulare County Animal Services Manager Cassie Heffington provided information and is awaiting approval of more details on evacuation sites for all animal sizes.

“We have people waiting and ready to help,” Heffington said. “They can call 211 or Tulare County Animal Services at (559) 636-4050 for more information. People can visit our website at where there will be a form they can fill out to ask for help.

Heffington is awaiting official word from county agencies on the animal evacuation, which may be ordered soon.

During last year’s fires, Tulare County Animal Services housed more than 280 animals during wildfires in nearby areas. These animals included dogs, cats, chickens, horses, cattle, and even a turtle.

Dan Casarez covers the city of Tulare for the Advance-Register. A Report for America body member of the GroundTruth project, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of grassroots journalists in the United States and around the world.