San Diego Humane Society is actively involved in providing animal evacuation and support efforts associated with the current fire burning near Interstate 15 and SR-76 in North County San Diego.
We will provide updates here and our social media channels as new information is made available.
The best thing for your pets is to take them with you when you evacuate, if at all possible. If you have companion animals or livestock you cannot evacuate yourself, please call our San Diego Humane Society dispatch at 619-243-3466. We will get you the assistance you need!
PET DISASTER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:
For some quick tips on how to prepare for and evacuate with your pets in a disaster, click here.
Ways to help:
If you would like to help, the best way to offer assistance is to make a donation to support our rescue, relief and assistance efforts.
Dec. 10 at 8 p.m.: #LilacFire Update: Fortunately, the fire at 75% containment. But please continue to stay alert as there is still a high wind warning tonight. We have incredible volunteers and dedicated staff at the Palomar College Red Cross shelter at least through tonight for displaced pets with their owners. We are continuing to redirect stray animals and owner-surrenders to our Escondido and San Diego Campuses. We will be extending the stray hold for animals at these campuses by an additional 4 days so that pet owners have additional time to reunite with their lost pets. We’re remaining sensitive to the fact that it may take longer to locate their pets with the closure of our Oceanside Campus. We still anticipate moving animals back and opening our Oceanside Campus by this Wednesday.
Dec. 9 at 3:15 p.m.: #LilacFire Update: As fire evacuees are returning to their homes, they may discover pets are missing or gone astray. To locate a lost pet or report a lost pet, access the Department of Animal Services and San Diego Humane Society’s “lost and found” website links. We also are encouraging evacuees to visit San Diego Humane Society’s Escondido and San Diego Campuses as well as DAS shelters.
San Diego Humane Society’s Oceanside Campus, temporarily closed due to the fire, will reopen on Wednesday, Dec. 13. All stray and owner-surrendered pets are being redirected to the Escondido Campus.
Here are the links to the Lost and Found instructions and information:
– Diego Humane Society Lost and Found: https://sdhumane.org/lost-and-found/
– Department of Animal Services Lost and Found: http://www.sddac.com/content/sdc/das/lost-found.html
Dec. 8 at 2:45 p.m.: #LilacFire Update: The following events and classes are canceled this weekend:
- Marvelous Manners training class in Oceanside
- Mutt Mixers in Oceanside and Escondido
We apologize for any inconvenience. Our first priority right now is keeping our pets safe and helping the animals in our community. Keep checking back here or join our Facebook community to keep updated.
Any stray animals in the affected areas will be transported to the nearest Red Cross shelter. If you or someone close to you has lost a pet, please check our lost and found page here.
San Diego Humane Society Humane Law Enforcement Officers and our Animal Rescue Reserve volunteers continue working in and out of the fire zones to evacuate animals and get them to safety. The outpouring of support and offers of assistance from our community have been heartwarming. What’s most needed at this time are donations – both monetary and supplies. We’re in need of wire crates in good condition, bedding, clean blankets and towels, dog waste bags, paper towels, sturdy trash bags, water bowls and drinking water in jugs or bottles can be dropped off at our San Diego or Escondido Campuses. Monetary donations to support these rescue efforts can be made here.
Dec. 8 at 10 a.m.: #LilacFire Update: Current Evacuation Shelters accepting pets:
Palomar College: 1140 W. Mission Rd. San Marcos, CA 92069
Del Mar Fairgrounds – Large animal shelter ONLY: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar, CA 92014
• The air quality is very poor right now, so it’s best for you and your pets to remain indoors if possible.
• Please take your pets with you if you have to evacuate, if at all possible. If you have companion animals or livestock you cannot evacuate yourself, please call San Diego Humane Society’s dispatch at 619-243-3466 for assistance. Remember to leave early – don’t wait – so you and your pets can stay safe.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
• We’re currently in need of the following supplies – they can be dropped off at our San Diego or Escondido Campuses: Bedding, wire crates, dog and cat food, bowls.
• You can also help by making a donation to support our rescue, relief and assistance efforts here.
Dec. 7 at 11:25 p.m.: More than 100 San Diego Humane Society staff and volunteers have evacuated dogs, cats, kittens and small animals at its Oceanside Campus in anticipation of evacuation. 194 animals are being evacuated from San Diego Humane Society’s Oceanside Campus and being transported to safety at its San Diego Campus. “The shelter is not in a mandatory evacuation zone at this time, but we’re being proactive to get these animals to safety as soon as possible,” says Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of San Diego Humane Society. “We’re not waiting to see if the fire continues to head west. I could not be more proud that more than 100 employees and volunteers were here within an hour to help move these animals. We’ve taken care of the shelter animals so we can concentrate on helping the residents of Oceanside and Vista to evacuate their animals as well.”
Dec. 7 at 5:15 p.m.: Temporary evacuation shelters have also been set up at Fallbrook High School on South Stage Coach Lane and Great Oak High School on Deer Hollow Way.
The Del Mar Fairgrounds and the San Diego Polo Fields in Del Mar opened up their grounds for large animal evacuations. They are asking people who bring animals to bring hay, halters and buckets with them if they can. After dark, all evacuations will be sent to the fairgrounds.
More about large animal evacuations at Del Mar here – http://www.delmarfairgrounds.com/index.php?fuseaction=about.evacuation
We’ve created this web page for continuous emergency updates and tips on how to prepare for and evacuate with your pets in a disaster. Please help us by sharing this important information so we can ensure people and animals get the help they need.
Other ways you can help animals include dropping off pet supplies at any of our three campuses – Escondido, Oceanside and San Diego – or ordering them from our wish lists, or making a donation to support our rescue, relief and assistance efforts.
Dec. 7 at 3:20 p.m.: #LilacFire evacuees with pets can go to the East Valley Community Center (2245 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido). We are working with the Red Cross to care for any pets evacuated with their families.
Quick Resources: As portions of San Diego County are on fire, we wanted to pass along the below websites that have up to date information:
- Emergency information can be found at sdcountyemergency.com.
- Preparedness information can be found at ReadySanDiego.organd ListoSanDiego.org (Spanish) sites.
- The SDEmergency app has English and Spanish versions.
- The SD County information is updated on Twitter via @SanDiegoCounty and in Spanish on @ListoSanDiego.