SAN DIEGO -- A team from the San Diego Humane Society returned from Butte County Wednesday with eight dogs and three cats rescued from the Camp Fire.
It was a long day of travel for the four-legged friends. The bus took off at 6 a.m. and stopped at two different sites before making its journey south, with a couple stops along the way for everyone to stretch their legs.
"The animals we brought back are victims of the campfire, but their owners are no longer in the position to keep them," said Jackie Noble with the San Diego Humane Society.
Noble says many of the pet owners lost their homes entirely. She and her team saw the destruction and devastation caused by California’s deadliest wildfire first hand and say that’s what kept them coming back to help. This trip was their third up to Butte County to help in the aftermath of the Camp Fire.
"It’s been emotional, it’s been heartbreaking, it’s been rewarding, it’s been all of the above," Noble said.
Over the 10 days, the San Diego team spent 14 hours a day tending to animals impacted by the blaze.
All of the pets brought back by the humane society will be available for adoption, but it may take a week or two to make sure they’re all checked out and healthy before going on to new homes.
The Camp Fire is the most destructive wildfire in California history. It claimed the lives of 86 people, blackened 153,336 acres, destroyed nearly 14,000 homes, 528 commercial buildings and nearly 4,300 other buildings.