Miniature horse at Red Cross relief centre and Dillion the turtle a church in Chico
Many evacuees are struggling to find safe havens for their pets and livestock because a number of shelters and churches cannot take in animals.
Kind-hearted volunteers are taking in evacuated animals while some fairgrounds, including Auburn and Silver Dollar, have space for them.
Butte County told evacuees: “Residents evacuating Oroville can bring small animals to the shelter at the Silver [Dollar Fair].”
A large animal shelter has been set up in Camelot Equestrian Park, in Clark Road, Oroville, to help deal with the animal evacuation crisis.
There has been a huge outpouring of support for the animals caught up in the dam crisis as well as their evacuated owners.
Peggy Kemp tweeted: “Please lift up your prayers and healing energy for the people, plants and animals in the area of the Oroville Dam.”
Another Twitter user, named Deb, said: “PLEASE do not forget to rescue the animals in the Oroville Dam Community. There are Equine Shelters available, take your pets!”
— Brian van der Brug (@bvdbrug) February 13, 2017
Richard Kelly, of Chico, distributes water at a Red Cross relief center in Chico
Sonia tweeted: “Really hope everyone near Oroville Dam is helping get ALL animals out of harms way. Absolutely no reason to leave pets or livestock behind.”
Evacuees who left their animals behind have been told to call the North Valley Animal Disaster Group Hotline NVADG on (530) 895-000.
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Oroville Dam Crisis: Devastating images as 200,000 evacuated Mon, February 13, 2017
Mass evacuation orders were issued after a hole emerged in the main spillway of America’s tallest dam at Lake Oroville.
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65,000 cfs of water flows through a damaged spillway on the Oroville Dam in Oroville, California
NVADG called for its volunteers to help at Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, adding: “We are hosting over 275 animals who need your support.”
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