EFA: Etsy For Animals Etsy For Animals: Please help animals in the Northern California wildfire!

Etsy for Animals (EFA) aka Artists Helping Animals,

is a team of independent artists, craftspeople,

vintage sellers and craft suppliers on Etsy.com

who are dedicated to providing charitable relief to animals

by donating a portion of the profits from their shops

to an animal charity of their choosing,

and/or to EFA's featured Charity of the Month.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Please help animals in the Northern California wildfire!

UPDATE from Brownrose - Sunday, June 15 (cross-posted from Yahoo group)
Thank you everyone for your support and kindness. Four thousand homes are still threatened by the fire but the fire is now 45% contained and it is expected to be completely contained by Monday evening. So far 74 homes have been destroyed and more than 23,000 acres have burned. Many of the people who were evacuated are being allowed to return to their homes, however. All except one or two evacuation centers are closing down and the emergency animal shelter will be closing Sunday at 5 pm PST. Any animals not claimed will be sent to local animal shelters and services will be in place to reunite pets with their people.

The outpouring of support for all affected - people and animals - has been tremendous. The United Animal Nations and the US Humane Society provided additional supplies to the North Valley Animal Disaster Group. Hopefully soon this will just be a "remember when" story.

Original message - cross-posted from EFA member brownrose on the EFA Yahoo group. This is the Humboldt fire.

Hello All -
In the area of Northern California where I live, we are experiencing a massive, aggressive wildfire. Since starting Wednesday afternoon, the fire has consumed more than 20,000 acres. An entire town is threatened and 50 homes have been destroyed. So far containment is only around 15% with the winds - finally letting up, thank goodness - constantly changing the direction of the fire. Over 9000 people have been evacuated, many of them elderly. More than 500 animals are in the care of animal rescue organizations. Large animals are being housed at the Chico State University Farm.

Small animals are being cared for by the North Valley Animal Disaster Group. As of Friday morning they had over 300 small animals in their care. The number is larger now. They are stretched beyond capacity - of space, supplies, and funds.

I know money is tight for everyone these days. But if you can give anything, anything, it would help. The fire still rages. No one knows when these frightened animals will be able to be returned to their owners and hopefully their intact homes.

Please check out the North Valley Animal Disaster Group at http://www.nvadg.org/ for information or donations.
[Note: they accept PayPal donations.]

Even if you can't help financially, please send Light and good thoughts to these animals and their people.

Thank you.

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