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Santa Cruz County shelter making room to take in animals from Kincade Fire

The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter is getting ready to take in pets from Sonoma County, where the Kincade Fire is burning.

The shelter there, Rhonert Park Animal Services, is making space to take in the pets of residents who have been displaced and do not have a place to house their pets. The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter will also be housing the pets of some Sonoma County residents who have fled to Santa Cruz County.

In anticipation of the influx, 15 volunteers are going to foster cats and kittens to make space, and on Nov. 30, the shelter will offer a $25 “Pay It Forward” adoption special for cats and kittens. That will include spay/neuter, microchip, vaccinations, flea and worm treatment, a cat carrier and a pet wellness exam.

“‘Open Door, Open Heart’ means not turning away any animal and right now. The animals and families affected by these fires need our help. We are sending staff and volunteers to Rohnert Park to transport animals in need, and we will continue to keep our doors open to the neediest animals,” shelter manager Benjamin Winkleblack said.

The shelter is also asking the community to donate at lest $25 to one of the following funds:

Planned Pethood Fund- funds free spay/neuter surgeries Extra Mile Fund- allows medical rehabilitation for what extends beyond the shelter budget Healthy Pets for All Fund- buys food, toys, flea medication and other supplies for underserved animals General Program Donation Fund- supports adoption, enrichment and public outreach

The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter can be reached at 831-454-7200.

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