CAPE’s Wildfire Animal Assistance Fund (WAAF) has been providing financial aid for animals who have been affected by the devastating wildfires in California.
We recently helped a wonderful local organization, Gold Country Wildlife Rescue (GCWR), by providing support for multiple wild animals who have suffered injuries from various fires in Northern California.
Three orphan bear cubs arrived at the (GCWR) Wildlife Intake Center suffering from burns and injuries sustained in the Antelope and Dixie Fires. GCWR is also caring for two kit foxes who sustained serious burns and injuries in the Dixie and Caldor fires. All five animals will require ongoing care and rehabilitation before it is safe to release them back into the wild. The cubs will remain in the care of GCWR until they are approximately 18 months of age which will be in the late spring or summer of 2022. The kit foxes will require 4-6 months of medical care before it is safe to release them back into the wild.
The first picture is of one of the black bear cubs injured in the Antelope fire. The second picture is of a kit fox who was injured and burnt in the Dixie fire.
We are thankful to Gold Country Wildlife for all the amazing work to help animals in need.
To apply for the Wildfire Animal Assistance Fund go to:
Angel, who CAPE rescued several months ago, has been making giant steps forward (literally!). When we met Angel, she had suffered with chronic hoof pain for years. Our vet asked if we could help Angel - and we are so glad we did!
We started with a full blood panel which indicated that Angel had untreated Cushing’s Disease. Her coat was matted and overgrown. She could barely put weight on one of her front hooves. We started her on medications to treat the Cushing’s, inflammation, and pain. We soaked her hooves twice a day to help release fluid from a reoccurring abscess. Our vet worked to get her hooves in good condition and then we ran x-rays.
Angel’s two front hooves were problematic, but we were mostly concerned for the hoof she wasn’t putting weight on. The x-rays didn’t give us any clear answers. With surgery, our vet was able to remove a benign tumor, which seemed to provide instant relief. Angel’s hoof has been wrapped up for 6 weeks, and with each weekly wrap change, we are impressed with the healing.
We believe that introducing Angel to the rescued herd at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary has helped her improve in so many ways. She has bonded with Papa Antonio, a wild burro rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management and held in a Nevada Prison. Papa and Angel are often seen grazing the pastures side by side.
It has been an honor to help with Angel’s recovery. She is sweet and gentle, and her eyes tell quite the story. Angel has been patient and trusting of our help, often resting her soft head in our arms as we give her meds or check her hooves. She still has a road of recovery ahead of her, but today she barely limps when she walks and now puts full weight on her injured foot. She’s gotten to a good weight and her coat looks fantastic. She is a very different donkey than the one we met months ago.
Thank you to everyone who has helped support Angel’s medical costs. Our vet still comes weekly to care for her hoof and Angel’s medications are expensive. We are very grateful for the support from our CAPE community and we look forward to witnessing Angel's steady improvement. If you would like to sponsor Angel, please go to www.capeanimals.org/donkeys
If you pay close attention to what's happening at a horse race, it's easy to see what a cruel sport it is. Some even call it a "blood sport". Horses are subjected to a multitude of abusive practices that are nothing short of inhumane.
Racehorses are considered a commodity and are "discarded" when they age out (commonly at 4-5 years old) or are severely injured and can no longer perform. PETA reports that "an estimated "unprofitable" or simply unwanted 10,000 Thoroughbreds from the U.S. are trucked to Canada or Mexico for slaughter each year". Others are dumped at farm animal auctions where their fate is uncertain.
Thanks to PETA, there have been many groundbreaking investigations that link the horseracing industry to horse meat consumption. In June of this year, New York passed a bill prohibiting the slaughter of horses who have been bred to race. You can read more about this milestone here.
Here is an article that will inform you more about the horseracing industry and how you can help end this cruel sport: https://www.onegreenplanet.org/…/the-hidden-cruelty-behin…/…
This is not about Daisy and Sidney’s romance but in case you’re wondering, they’re still going strong! 🥰😂
Now, onto the real reason for this post. 🔥
How can you prepare for an emergency? While we have spent the entire year prepping the land at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary for fire season, we also have been training the animals how to respond when we need them to load up quickly. Every week, we work with all species to get them comfortable with an evacuation routine. Most of the animals with CAPE have only been in a trailer or crate when being rescued from a difficult situation. Getting them comfortable loading up quickly is paramount to their safety.
We have created and practiced routines for all of the species that keep everyone safe. We started with making the trailers and crates a fun space- putting straw, hay and water inside the trailers. We left the doors open so the animals could explore the enclosures at their own pace. Then we listened to their needs.
Remy, an ex-racehorse who is deeply bonded to Renegade, a once-wild Mustang with Cushings Disease, would get clearly upset and anxious if he was loaded first and couldn’t see his friend. We now keep Renegade on the side of the trailer while loading Remy so they can see each other throughout the process. Howard, a pot belly pig, was very nervous loading into a crate. We began feeding him his meals inside the crate, moving the bowl farther in as his comfort level grew. He now eats all of his meals inside the crate and has no stress being guided inside. 🐷
For us, these routines have created peace of mind. Every week, we practice evacuation drills by loading the animals into trailers. After each drill, things get easier, more efficient, and less stressful. While the threat of fire is terrifying to think about, we hope to encourage you to run through your processes. This will help keep you and all of your beloved family members, both human and non-human, safe during a stressful situation.
❤️If you need help building your evacuation plan or packing your go bag, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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