In the fires of Valparaiso that happened this past April, many people lost their homes and possessions, lives were lost and people were seriously injured. The fires that spread quickly causing wide spread panic and evacuation did not discriminate.
As families scrambled to collect their necessities, those under their care, specifically their animals were left to fend for themselves. Many suffered serious burns and respiratory damage from the heavy smoke, some injuries just too much to overcome. Hundreds of dogs, cats and livestock were in desperate need for medical care. The Global Alliance for Animals and People (GAAP) partnered with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and traveled to Valparaiso to lend assistance.
Once in Valparaiso we came upon Vanessa who was waiting in line outside one of the many support shelters for those that had lost their homes. In her jacket, tucked tightly to her chest was a small kitten. She and her family had been fortunate that their home was not hit by the fires so they had come to help those that weren’t so lucky in the community. While clearing debris from the burnt out remains of a house she found a small kitten. The kitten’s fur was singed and it had thick pus running from her nose and eyes, likely from the thick smoke of the fire. Vanessa was hoping that she could find someone at the shelter that could help her find the owners or a veterinarian that could help treat the small kitten.
Vanessa and her kitten are an example that through chaos and tragedy, the compassion of a few makes a big difference. GAAP and IFAW work hard to provide assistance to those in need, both to humans and the animals they keep. To learn more about the Valparaiso fires or about any of the other current GAAP projects and how you can help out click here.