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Animal shelter seeking help preparing for fire evacuees

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Photo courtesy of the Humane Society of Ventura County
The Humane Society of Ventura County works to take in dogs brought in by staff in 2016.
Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
Jolene Hoffman remembers rescuing animals from the 118,000-acre Wheeler Fire of 1985 that destroyed homes and caused the mass evacuation of people and pets.
“We had over 170 dogs, 150 cats and about 35 horses that we took in during the 15-day fire that burned around the Ojai Valley,” said Hoffman, shelter director at the Ojai-based Humane Society of Ventura County (HSVC).
Hoffman even rescued a goat on Rice Road.
For decades, the HSVC has helped to safely evacuate and relocate animals displaced by wildfires.
Part of getting ready for October — the driest, deadliest month of the fire season — is preparing extra kennels and other enclosures in case temporary homes for displaced animals are needed.
The shelter is seeking help in that effort, Hoffman said.

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