As multiple fires continue to ravage California, devouring homes and taking lives, Sandra Bullock has donated $100,000 to a local chapter of the humane society tasked with rescuing the animal victims of the blazes.
“Our efforts for rescuing and caring for evacuated animals from the Hill and Woolsey fires had caught her attention and her team reached out to the shelter to show their support,” the Humane Society of Ventura County wrote on its Facebook page. “Sandra Bullock and her family have reached out to other nonprofit organizations both during this incident and in the past. However, this time she wanted to contribute to those on the frontline rescuing animals in peril and hope others will choose to do the same.”
The organization provides care for not just dogs and cats, but animals like horses, donkeys, ducks and others that have been evacuated from the fires, pledging “to care for these animals for as long as is needed or until their owners feel comfortable in safely reuniting their families.”
In Paradise, the Camp fire has earned the distinction as the deadliest in the state’s history, with the death toll at 42 as of this writing. More than 200 people are missing, and 7,100 structures have been destroyed, most of which are homes. And thanks to gusts from the state’s hot, dry Santa Ana winds, firefighters continue to struggle, having managed to contain only around 30 percent. So far, about 117,00 acres have been burned.
Down in SoCal, the Woolsey Fire has incinerated an estimated 435 structures, with another 57,000 under threat. Two people have died.