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C.A.R.L. Aids in Sand Fire Evacuation

By Daniel Elliot


Ventura County dog rescue aids in Sand Fire animal rescue evacuation

Ventura, CA – July 26, 2016 – Ventura County local non-profit, all-breed dog rescue Canine Adoption and Rescue League (C.A.R.L.) is the proud temporary home of 26 dogs under the care of the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation (LBWF). The dogs were evacuated from LBWF’s Santa Clarita Valley facility in the face of the encroaching Sand Fire.

The dogs, primarily American Staffordshire Terriers, are safe at C.A.R.L.’s Santa Paula boarding facility. The evacuation effort was the result of cooperation between C.A.R.L., LBWF, and Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team (START), a non-profit that transports dogs from high-kill shelters to out-of-state homes. START lent the use of their truck for the evacuation.

The truck personnel reported that the fire was visibly approaching the LBWF facility as they loaded dogs.

C.A.R.L. is well-equipped to aid neighboring rescues in times of need with the use of its 112-pen boarding facility. Although the evacuation was unusually quick due to the danger of the Sand Fire, C.A.R.L. has served as home to dogs from other rescues before, and has been the recipient of similar aid.

“Rescues need to stick together,” commented C.A.R.L. Executive Director Sharon Clark. “We’re all in this together to save lives, and we’ll never forget when we had our own time of crisis.”

C.A.R.L. itself was evacuated in December 2014 when an industrial accident at a nearby waste water treatment plant spread toxic chemicals across the area. The 50 C.A.R.L. rescue dogs residing at the sanctuary spent a week at nearby Balcom Canyon Pet Lodge.

“It’s really nothing unusual,” Clark continued. “We’re just glad we’re in a position to be able to help another worthy cause. It all comes back around.”

The 26 LBWF dogs are expected to remain at C.A.R.L. through the rest of the week, or until the fire is contained and the LBWF facility is deemed safe.

About Canine Adoption and Rescue League (C.A.R.L.)

Canine Adoption and Rescue League (C.A.R.L.) is a 501c3 registered non-profit, no-kill, all-breed dog rescue and sanctuary. Its mission is to advocate for animal welfare, seeking to end the needless deaths of companion animals through its adoption, education, and outreach programs.

Since 1996, C.A.R.L. has rescued and placed thousands of unwanted, sick, abandoned, and homeless dogs. Dogs in the adoption program are placed in pre-screened, loving and secure homes.

C.A.R.L. is operated entirely by volunteers, and relies almost entirely on community donations. To learn more about C.A.R.L., how to donate, how to adopt, or how to volunteer, visit or call (805) 644-PETS.


Daniel Elliot
PO Box 5022
Ventura, CA 93005
(805) 826-3347

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