Here's how to support Rescue Ranch and help dogs injured in wildfire

Bill Choy
Siskiyou Daily News
Ash was the only survivor of a litter of puppies in the Lava Fire. He is being cared for at the Rescue Ranch in Yreka.

An early destructive fire season that has already inundated Yreka's Rescue Ranch with 150 dogs prompted the organization to establish a special wildfire fund. This fund will help ensure the nonprofit is financially prepared for whatever comes their way over the next several months. 

Natalie Golay, communications director for Rescue Ranch, said the organization hopes to raise $25,000 for this purpose. As of Friday morning, they'd already raised nearly $7,000. 

Golay said Rescue Ranch staff is "beyond grateful" for how the community rallied with cash donations, volunteering, and organization of food and supply drives.

A dog displaced by the Lava Fire that was housed at the rescue Ranch in Yreka in early July of 2021

'Lava Fire won't be the last'

"Fire season came early, and the Lava Fire won’t be the last," Rescue Ranch volunteers said in a statement detailing the challenges they face. "Not all fires will impact populated areas, but it is likely that we have not seen our last fire emergency this year."

Many of the dogs brought to Rescue Ranch after the Lava Fire need long term care, and 40 remain at the Yreka facility. About half of them are dogs owned by people who are still displaced.

"Some dogs needed emergency medical treatment, and their recovery will be slow," the staff said. "Other dogs are not injured, but they will go unclaimed and will eventually join our shelter family until they find loving, forever homes. Still others are displaced puppies, and some aren’t weaned yet. Some require medical attention, while others need round-the-clock care."

One dog still receiving treatment at Rescue Ranch is Ash, a puppy that was discovered in the fire zone by CAL FIRE's Kevin Mancebo. Ash sought refuge with his mother, who had already died, along with his two litter mates and a young German shepherd, in the superheated environment.

Ash was rushed to Rescue Ranch for treatment and has recovered. Someone is already in line to adopt him.

Dogs displaced by the Lava Fire that were housed at the rescue Ranch in Yreka in early July of 2021

How to help Rescue Ranch prepare for wildfire

Golay said the Rescue Ranch needs extra food, water, shelter, cleaning, and other supplies. They also need funds for operating costs, veterinary treatment, onsite care, and medical supplies, such as supplements, antibiotics, burn treatments, pain medications, needles, saline solution, bandages, food supplements and special puppy supplies.

To donate, go to this link. For more about Rescue Ranch, go to rrdog.org.