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!”
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California State Prison-Los Angeles County has opened its doors to nearly 50 deaf dogs to provide a safe place for them as the 37,000-acre Sand Fire burns in the Santa Clarita Valley Mountains. LAC is home to Karma Rescue, a rehabilitative dog-training program in which inmates train shelter dogs in basic obedience and socialization, to prepare them for adoption. Trainer Mark Tipton also runs Deaf Dog Rescue of America, which specializes in the rescue, training and placement of deaf dogs of all breeds. The dogs are being fed and cared for by the inmates, and medicated, if needed, by the Karma team. Thank you, LAC! #LAC #LosAngeles #SandFire #CDCR #Corrections #DeafDogRescue #KarmaRescue #RescueDogs #DogsofInstagram #DeafDogs #Prison #Inmates
While updates are scarce because Lancaster is, again, a high-security prison, the Deaf Dog Rescue of America’s Facebook page reported how well everyone was adjusting to the changes with inmates handling breakfast, exercise, and clean up. In essence, this is an outside the box idea that goes inside the box and a possible lifesaver for these dogs. Good thinking all around.
(Via LA Times)