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SPCA Monterey County saves more than 200 family pets from Pajaro River flooding


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After a levee stopped working along the Pajaro River at around midnight last Friday, SPCA Monterey County reacted to the scene to rescue family pets caught by floodwaters. (Courtesy SPCA Monterey County)

PÁJARO – While the neighborhood of Pájaro was left reeling from catastrophe over the weekend, as flooding from the huge Pájaro River levee breach required thousands to leave their houses, SPCA Monterey County turned its attention to some relative left in the emergency situation.

“For many people, when they had to evacuate, they were unable to take their pets with them,” said Beth Brookhouser, vice president of marketing and interactions for SPCA Monterey County. “We started receiving calls pretty quickly after the flooding started.”

Spca Monterey County’s Catastrophe Action Group Saves Chickens After The Pajaro River Levee Breach. (Courtesy Spca Monterey County) 

After the Pájaro River levee beached Friday around midnight, Brookhouser said the SPCA’s catastrophe action group was out at the scene Saturday, along with the California National Guard and other very first responders carrying out saves. Using high-water rescue automobiles released to help stranded locals, the SPCA had the ability to rescue family pets likewise caught by water.

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The SPCA has actually been out in the Pájaro location every day because, reacting to demands made by displaced locals stressed over their family pets still housed in the flooded town. As of Thursday early morning, the SPCA was safeguarding 212 animals from the little neighborhood, consisting of cats, dogs, chickens, parakeets, parrots, a bunny and an iguana.

“They’re safe and doing very well with us,” Brookhouser said, including that the organization’s catastrophe action is “continuing to rescue any pets left behind.”

Brookhouser said most pet saves have actually been stimulated by owners calling into the SPCA. For evacuees who don’t have access to a phone, Brookhouser said the SPCA’s catastrophe action group has actually likewise been out in the neighborhood and at regional emergency situation shelters in case an owner wishes to request help face to face. The SPCA’s catastrophe action group is multilingual.

While days-long evacuation orders for the Pájaro neighborhood extended into Thursday, Brookhouser the SPCA has actually already begun to reunite some owners with their rescued family pets.

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“A lot of people are sheltering with their pets,” Brookhouser said.

Spca Monterey County’s Catastrophe Action Group Saves Dogs After A Levee Breach Along The Pajaro River Sent Floodwater Into The Close-By Neighborhood Of Pajaro. (Courtesy Spca Monterey County) 

Apart from saves, the SPCA is supplying pet food and products to all regional emergency situation shelters, in addition to anybody leaving with their family pets in other places, totally free of charge.

Over the last couple of days, Brookhouser said brand-new calls into Pájaro have actually originated from worried owners who did not anticipate to deal with evacuation for as long as they have.

“We are still hearing from people that thought they wouldn’t have to be evacuated for too long and left food, but now they’re starting to get worried about their pets,” Brookhouser said.

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An evacuation caution for the Pájaro neighborhood at first entered into impact Thursday, March 9, and intensified into an order a day later on. Since leaving, around 1,700 locals have actually been obstructed from returning to their houses, in spite of declining floodwaters. Dozens of individuals collected at the Main Street bridge over the river in between Watsonville and Pájaro Wednesday and grumbled about the continuous evacuation orders, The Mercury News reported.

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