With his whiskers singed and his foot pads burned, ash-covered Sushi was the first fire victim to arrive at Sonoma Humane Society. His family was out of town when the fires started. When they learned from neighbors that their home had been completely destroyed, they assumed the worst for their cat. Thankfully, Sushi was micro-chipped and we were able to reach them. They are relieved to know that their beloved tabby is safe and receiving medical care and lots of love until they can be reunited later this week. He's healing well, making biscuits and bolstering morale with his quirky personality.
It's moments like this where we humans can begin to heal too. For the last week and a half, our community has endured an unprecedented disaster. As our collective loss mounts - loss of human and animal life, loss of property, loss of "normal" - we are faced with so much heartbreak. Yet what emerges through the smoke, fear and exhaustion is the profound sense of hope that comes from our community joining together.
Through it all, your outpouring of generosity and love is helping us respond to the evolving needs of our community's pets and people. In addition to providing critical burn care for furry victims like Sushi and
, we are working tirelessly to reunite hundreds of lost and found pets with their families. We are also functioning as a distribution hub for donated pet food and supplies, making sure that those who have been displaced have the provisions they need for their pets. And we have launched charity veterinary wellness and urgent care services for pets whose owners have suffered financial loss during this event.
In the wake of destruction, we have seen what the people of our community are made of. We know that this spirit of kindness and unity will see us all through as we start to heal and rebuild our lives. Thank you so much for your support.