An Orange County animal shelter is in crisis following the massive fire that destroyed a historic hangar in Tustin.
The OC Animal Care shelter is located dangerously close to the WWII-era blimp hangars which means the animals have not been able to step outside due to poor air quality.
As crews continue cleaning up the toxic debris, the Tustin animal shelter is in desperate need of emergency foster homes as the animals have nowhere to play or be free from their kennels.
“Due to the ongoing emergency, a lot of our dogs that are used to going outside, going for walks, playing all day, are forced into their kennels, mostly indoors,” explained Alexa Pratt from Orange County Community Resources. “So we’re asking people to open up their hearts, their homes, to foster a medium to large dog for at least a couple weeks just so they get some time outside the kennel until this emergency is lifted.”
The shelter has more than 320 dogs who are in need of fostering, including many huskies and German shepherds who have been cooped up in their kennels since last week. Staff are hoping families can take the dogs away from the shelter amid the toxic air.
Anyone who decides to foster can be matched with the right dog that’ll fit their lifestyle — whether that includes getting along with other dogs and animals in the home, young children, the elderly and more.
Fosters will be asked to care for the animal for at least two weeks and will also be provided with an essential care kit.
“If you’re a foster, we’ll provide you with pretty much everything you need,” Pratt explained. “Food for two weeks, as well as an ID tag, collar, a leash and also a limited number of crates.”
Although Wednesday’s rainstorm helped extinguish some of the hotspots, health officials are still urging the public to limit outdoor exposure, avoid touching any fallen debris and wear properly fitting facemasks when spending time outside.