AVMF Contributions in Action: Search and Rescue

Meet Sophie, California Wildfire Survivor

German Shepherd

(April 1, 2021) Sophie the German Shepherd (pictured left) was found by a search and rescue team, trapped in an abandoned garden last summer during the California wildfires. The garden had water, but she did not. Her whiskers were burned, and she was starving. What could have been the end for Sophie wound up being a new beginning. Her rescuers, North Valley Animal Disaster Group volunteers, work with emergency services to educate the public about disaster preparedness, shelter and evacuate animals during a disaster, and assist with human rescue when requested.

“AVMF has made an impact by helping us help others. During these challenging times, we have invested in equipment to provide online training, including starting a YouTube channel.” – John Maretti, Executive Director North Valley Animal Disaster Group. The AVMF recently provided a $5,000 grant to support their efforts following the devastating wildfires that ravaged throughout California.

Maretti goes on to share good news about Sophie, “We brought her back to health and have since adopted her out. She is now in her "forever home" with some great parents - and another German Shephard to play with. For such a rough start, she turned out to be a pretty lucky puppy!” 

Thanks to AVMF Supporters, Animals in Areas Affected by Disasters Receive the Care They Need

Portions of the United States recently experienced unprecedented freezing temperatures impacting people, animals and the veterinary community. This recent freeze has affected many portions of the south, devastating businesses and homes causing extensive damage. Our hearts go out to all who are in the paths of these disasters. What affects one of us, affects us all.


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Please make a donation to the Veterinary Care Charitable Fund® today. Your gift will make a big difference in the lives of animals like Sophie.