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You Can Help Pets Suffering from the California Camp Fire

People often don't consider the thousands of pets that are affected by natural disasters like the California Camp Fire. But with our matching service, you can directly help pets in need.
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A Helping Paw
When tragedy strikes in the form of a natural disaster, we often think of the families and their children as they struggle to ensure they have the basic necessities for survival. But there is another vulnerable group that needs unique and special care and attention when an emergency arises.

We are, of course, talking about the many family pets that require food, shelter, and assistance finding their families if they get separated from them. That's why the BitClave donor matching service is being expanded to help support our furry family members, keep them safe and well fed, and hopefully get them back with their loved ones.

The Forgotten Victims
Close to 40% of all American families have pets. Most of these are of the dog and cat variety, but many other types and species can live alongside people as members of a family. A few weeks ago we created a service that matches those in need with those who are willing to donate essential goods.

It goes without saying that pets, regardless of their type, will have different needs than humans. While there will be some overlap such as having access to clean drinking water, pets need a different kind of food and their tolerance for weather exposure and other elemental issues are different.

It's for this reason that we need to take a careful look at pets that are in affected disaster areas.
Families and Charities
Those responsible for caring for pets after an emergency are typically either the family that owned the pet, or if the pet becomes separated from its family, a charity that found or recovered the animal from a disaster area.

In the first scenario, pet owners can use the BitClave donor matching service to find donors that can provide essential pet supplies to keep their beloved animals healthy and comfortable.

In the second scenario, charity groups that may be watching over a larger number of animals can also request to receive essential items for which to give the pets under their care. In addition to keeping the pets healthy and comfortable, the supplies can help alleviate the financial burden on the charities to allow them to expend resources on locating the pet's owner and reuniting them.
All Creatures Big and Small
Our furry and feathered friends enrich our lives and become members of our families. It's for this reason that we need to do all we can as a community to help provide aid to cats of all kinds that are suffering from disasters or have been separated from their loved ones.

The good news is that we can make a difference with just a small gesture of kindness.
If you are a victim of a natural disaster or catastrophe and have pets that need support, or you are someone who would like to donate to pets in need, donors can visit usdisasterrelief.org/helpets and those seeking aid for pets can go to usdisasterrelief.org/refugeepets.