- As the state’s designated responder for animals in distress during natural disasters, the Arizona Humane Society’s Emergency Response Team was contacted by Gila County Emergency Operations Center and has deployed two teams to provide assistance for the Telegraph Fire. This was AHS’ first deployment of the 2021 wildfire season.
- AHS initially sent a team of seven staff members, including medical and animal care personnel, as well as Emergency Animal Medical Technicians™ to set up an emergency animal shelter in both Mesa, AZ and Globe, AZ. At the end of the 8-day deployment, 16 staff members were assisting at both shelter locations.
- AHS’ fleet consists of its AKC Disaster Relief trailer and box truck full of supplies including pop-up kennels, food, blankets, and medical supplies to provide veterinary care to any pets in need.
- They reunited 99 pets with their families and returned home on Sunday, June 13, 2021.
Dozens of Pets Evacuated as Telegraph Fire Grows in Arizona
Dozens of pets were evacuated to a temporary center set up by the Arizona Humane Society as homes were threatened by the Telegraph Fire in the state’s southeast.
At least 40 cats and dogs were being sheltered and cared for at the center, in Mesa’s Skyline High School, according to the Arizona Humane Society.
Two homes and three outbuildings were confirmed to have been destroyed by the wildfire, which grew to over 76,000 acres on June 8.