Española Humane gathers donations for firefighters helping pets in evacuation areas
ESPAOLA, New Mexico — Firefighters on the front lines of the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak fire feed, comfort, and care for dogs in evacuation locations in these heartwarming photos.
We discovered that firefighters were feeding them their meals while fighting fires in the field.I saw this photo on Facebook of a puppy and a firefighter, and the dog had goldfish crackers all over him, and my heart was just torn to smithereens, said Mattie Allen, Espaola Humane's director of communications.
She explained that the shelter collaborated with other organizations to transport thousands of pounds of donated pet food to a fire camp outside Las Vegas to aid firefighters in caring for the animals they encounter.
They come up to a table after their morning briefings and the pet food is split up from a big 45-50 pound bag into gallon-sized zip lock bags, which the firefighters put into their already heavy backpacks and bring out with them for the day to feed any creatures who need some help," Allen explained.
According to Allen, some families who were forced to flee as the fire advanced were unable to bring their pets with them, while others elected to stay and now have no access to pet food.
That is why the assistance they are receiving from pet-food-carrying firefighters is critical.
It appears like these firefighters are performing heroic acts of compassion and generosity in addition to their heroic acts of bravery, which is so exciting for all of us to see all of this extra labor, Allen added.