Help is available for pets |

Help is available for pets

A dog waits in a truck bed at the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Center on Monday. / Trevor Clark / Tahoe Daily Tribune

El Dorado County Animal Control is providing triage assistance for pets affected by the Angora fire. The shelter has room for 16 dogs, and cages and crates for plenty of cats for people who have been evacuated and have their pets with them who need shelter.

Animal Control officers are in the field and will rescue animals if people contact the office and provide information such as address, description of pet, tag identification information and any other pertinent information that will help locate pets.

All rescued pets will be taken to the shelter, 1120 Shakori Drive off State Route 89 in Meyers. People who find and rescue pets displaced by the fire may also take them to the shelter. For more information call the shelter at (530) 577-1766.

Emergency food and pet supplies are available at the Lake Tahoe Humane Society and S.P.C.A. Donations are being accepted. Items especially needed are cat litter and pans, flat oval crate pads, towels, and name-brand dry cat and dog food, especially Science Diet adult dog food. Items may be delivered to the Humane Society, 1221 Emerald Bay Road, behind Snowshoe Thompson Ski Rental between D and E streets at the “Y.”

Pet foster families are also needed, especially for kittens. For more information call the Lake Tahoe Humane Society and S.P.C.A. at (530) 542-2857.

For evacuees staying in motels, some facilities allow pets and others have loosened their pet restrictions to help out fire victims.

The Value Inn & Cloud 9 Weddings on Lake Tahoe Boulevard accepts pets in their weekly rentals, but since Sunday evening they have been accepting pets in all of their dailies, which they don’t normally do.

“They’re like peoples’ babies – we wouldn’t expect people to leave them behind,” said owner Michele Domiter.

The Holiday Inn Express is also making exceptions for evacuees with pets.

The Inn at Heavenly has always accepted pets, as does the Motel 6. The Inn By the Lake has pet rooms, and even in their other rooms are “not being super strict on anything right now with people who have lost their homes,” according to Rosie at the front desk.

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