FIRE UPDATE & INFO:
Huge thanks to the local community and beyond for the generous offers of assistance and supplies. We truly could not do all that we do for the people and animals of San Diego without your support.
ASSISTANCE: If you have companion animals or livestock you cannot
evacuate yourself, please call our Animal Rescue Reserve at (619) 299-0871. We
will get you the assistance you need!
Supplies: If you are in need of pet supplies due to the recent fires, you may visit the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA during regular business hours at:
- San Diego Campus
5500 Gaines Street
San Diego, CA 92110
619-299-7012 extension 0
If you have lost of found a pet during the fires, please click here to see where the local shelters are.
The San Diego Humane Society recommends the
following tips to keep your pets calm during times of disaster:
pets tend to flee – Make sure ID tags are current and pets are properly
are more sensitive than people, so try to shelter them from loud noises and
dramatic visuals. Prepare a smaller area for pets such as the bathroom or a
crate—with all their favorite toys and extra bedding—where they can hide and
- Lastly, remember to keep your cool. Pets are very in tune to
our moods. Remaining calm will reduce the chances of fleeing or hiding out of
May 18, 3 p.m.: The Cocos Fire is 85% contained with new containment lines being established. CalFire intends for all evacuations to be lifted by 6 p.m. Our Humane Law Enforcement and Animal Rescue Reserve teams are working with previously evacuated families to return their animals to them.
May 16, 5 p.m.: The Carlsbad and Bonsall fires are reported to be 100%
The Camp Pendleton (Tomahawk) fire is reported to be 65%
contained. San Diego Humane will be availbale to assist in moving horses, if called upon.
The Cocos Fire (San Marcos) is now reported at 10%
contained. Many more assets are now being focused on this area.
Humane Law Enforcement has completed all the welfare checks behind the fire
lines and all homes checked were stable.
May 16, 10 a.m.: Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) staff and our Animal Rescue Reserve volunteers were on duty until
approximately 10:00 pm last night. This can be considered a sign of
slightly improving conditions because the night before we were out until at
least 1:00 am. We had a team stay all night at the large animal Receiving area. This location will need to be monitored closely – it has almost
reached capacity and there is some concern about conditions today
(particularly if increased smoke and ash occur).
The Carlsbad fire is almost all
contained. They have lifted all the evacuation areas and allowing the public
return to their homes. The fire around Camp Pendleton did have flare ups
and was threatening the Fallbrook area for a time but this area is now
The major fire of concern continues
to be in San Marcos (Cocos fire) that is only 10% contained. Winds aren’t
expected to be as strong today as the past two days but winds will still be
present. We will need to closely track the behavior of this fire all day
– with “drama” expected to start with the winds picking up later this morning.
A focus for at least the first half
of the day for HLE will be checking on animals at properties inside the road
blocks that are not accessible to the residents as yet. We will go in to check the welfare of the animals, feed
and water as needed, and will offer to remove dogs and bring them to the Humane Society upon request. Cats and other animals will continue to shelter in
May 15, 7:00 p.m.: The San Diego
Humane Society has established a temporary
animal shelter to assist evacuated families with pets at the Red Cross shelter
in San Marcos. Our humane officers and Animal Rescue Reserve volunteers
are also conducting animal welfare checks
throughout the affected communities.
We have spent much of the day rescuing animals,
and have established a temporary care facility for large animals and
livestock. We are currently caring for 28 horses, 2 goats, several sheep,
15 chickens and 3 turkeys.
We continue to be on call in the affected areas to be available as needed.
May 15, 5:00 p.m. - The fire at Camp Pendleton has jumped its
enclosure and is now a threat to the Fallbrook area and south. Depending
on winds, the area north of Oceanside could be threatened over the next
24 hours. This is a concern due to the large amount of livestock are
in the area.
The fire in and around San Marcos
is still very active. Heavy smoke is now a concern to Escondido and
surrounding areas. If the threat of smoke heightens, we may have to
consider moving our current Receiving Area to a new location, south of where it is now.
The Receiving Area now has 28 horses, a
number of sheep, goats and other farm animals. Most domestic animals
rescued are being held at Escondido Humane Society.
May 15, 9:45 a.m. - San Diego Humane Society has staff deployed assisting community members with pets at the Red Cross shelter in San Marcos and is providing animal welfare checks throughout the affected communities. Staff and volunteers are also caring for animals, including horses, already evacuated from the area. We're continuing to be staged in the area to be available, as needed.
May 14, 5:00p.m. – San Diego Humane Society was dispatched on Wednesday,
May 14 for evacuation and relief efforts.
We are assisting in the evacuation of animals in Oceanside and along the
76 and 395. We have also dispatched trailers to assist with the evacuation of