The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region has been a part of the city's response to the Black Forest Fire from the beginning, says a press release from the organization, fielding dozens of calls each day for help evacuating animals left behind.
Teams of officers are searching areas that have already been affected by the fire, as well as areas that have not yet burned. It is extremely dangerous work, given the debris and ever-changing conditions. Officers are loading the animals — everything from horses, goats and chickens, to cats, dogs and guinea pigs — into special trucks and trailers and transporting them to emergency shelters set up throughout the area. HSPPR is attempting to contact known owners as they respond to calls for help. Stray animals are also being picked up in the evacuation area. The list of stray animals is constantly changing, so owners of missing pets are encouraged to check www.hsppr.org/lost frequently.
Evacuees who had to leave animals behind should call HSPPR at 719.473.1741. Please only call this number if you need help evacuating your animals. No additional volunteers or resources are needed at this time, but monetary donations to aid in animal rescue efforts can be made online at www.hsppr.org/disasterdonation.