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CARE seeking help transporting and fostering animals in wake of evacuations

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If you’re feeling helpless in the wake of the Lake Christine Fire, Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE) could use your help managing the influx of four-legged evacuees.

If they’re mandatory evacuated, we are taking animals. We are not taking livestock, just small animals: cats and dogs, bunnies, whatever people have,” CARE Development and Events Manager Samantha Pickard said.

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That means that space at the shelter is becoming cramped, especially for the existing animals. 

“We are looking to get shelter animals out temporarily,” Pickard said. “We need volunteers who are willing to transport animals to other shelters all over Colorado [from] the Front Range [to] Pagosa Springs.” 

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CARE can supply crates, but they need the manpower and vehicles to arrange such an effort, she added.

The shelter is also seeking local relief, asking those who are able to foster shelter animals in their homes to please call CARE at 947-9173. While some of the animals are in normal health, others require special diets or have medical needs. CARE staff will provide volunteers with all relevant instructions.

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“We just need to get them out of our shelter,” Pickard emphasized.

If you’re unable to foster or help transport animals, you can still volunteer at the shelter itself, located at 2801 County Road 114 in Glenwood Springs.

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We could also use help the following morning with cleaning so we can continue to do intake stuff,” Pickard said.