Volunteers flood to help displaced animals

3:46 PM, Jun 12, 2012   |    comments
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Volunteers have been continually coming out to help the displaced animals whose owners have been pushed off their land by the High Park Fire.

"I put ads over Craigslist. I immediately had a message from a family up in Wyoming, in Casper, and they said 'we have about 80 bales, come and get it," one animal owner said.

"It is a lot of animals. People are just grateful that there is a place to put their animals where they know they'll be taken care of," Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said.

But the free shelter is not a relief for everyone as some find out their animals aren't here, or anywhere. Among the hundreds of animals, there is hope with the birth of new animals including a baby alpaca born on Saturday.

Still, evacuees worry, some sleeping in their campers so they can be near their animals.

"I've lived in places where people don't help each other out like they do up here. So, I'm just overwhelmed," one animal owner said.

Te High Park Fire has grown to 43,433-acres with zero percent containment. On Monday afternoon, officials said at least 100 homes have been damaged or destroyed. The fire also claimed the life of 62-year-old Linda Steadman.

The Larimer Humane Society is currently taking monetary donations in an effort to accommodate the displaced animals. For more information, visit their website at larimerhumane.org or call (970) 226-3647 ext. 7.

Annie Wernsman contributed to this report.

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