MONTECITO, Calif. - More than 1,000 animals displaced and lost following the deadly mudslides in Santa Barbara County have been rescued by Santa Barbara County Animal Services and the ASPCA.
The organizations are continuing to comb through the mud and debris, searching for any animals who may have been lost or separated from their homes in the devastating mudslides.
The rescuers are working around the clock to reunited pets with their owners.
Most notably, a long-haired gray cat named Koshka was reunited with her family days after they were rescued by helicopter after their home was destroyed.
“Even when every effort is made to prepare for emergency situations, there are times such as this when families are forced to evacuate from their homes at a moment’s notice and gathering pets in time to escape to safety is simply not an option,” said Dick Green, senior director of ASPCA Disaster Response.
“Santa Barbara County Animal Services staff have been working tirelessly during the Thomas Fire and the recent mudslide in Montecito to rescue, house, and care for displaced animals,” said Santa Barbara County Animal Services Director Jan Glick.
Residents who need help recovering pets from their homes or emergency sheltering for their pets are encouraged to contact Santa Barbara County Animal Services at their hotline (805) 681-4332.