For the last few days, a massive sand fire has been ripping through the Santa Clarita Mountains in Southern California, burning tens of thousands of acres of land and killing one person. While the fire is now about 40 percent contained, CNN reported that 18 homes have been destroyed and about 20,000 people have been displaced. But it’s not just people who are vulnerable to the fire’s wrath.
Deaf Dog Rescue of America, located in Acton, Calif. about an hour north of Los Angeles, was struggling to find a home for all its pups as the sand fire’s reach grew to roughly 57 square miles. Though evacuation wasn’t completely mandatory for the rescue group, organizers realized it would be tough to haul 45 dogs in a pinch and decided to take precautionary measures, according to Facebook.
As the human who updates the Deaf Rescue Dog Facebook page writes, “We decided to be better safe than sorry because we love our dogs here. They come first, always.”
Fortunately, one of the individuals who runs the organization is the head trainer for Karma Rescue Paws For Life — a program that helps both inmates and rescue dogs prepare for the next stage in their lives. Through these connections, Deaf Dog Rescue of America was invited to bring all the dogs to a high-security prison in Lancaster, Calif. where they were welcomed with, “man-cages ready for the dogs….food, water, beds, igloos!”