We often hear people say, "I don't think my pet could have survived. They were inside our house when it burned."
When we reply with "Have hope!" it may seem like an empty promise.
But we have reunited many cats that were inside houses that burned--even houses with doors and windows shut and locked. We don't always know how they survived, but trappers Becky Basque and Ellen Johnson have some ideas:
There are more examples we could share, but the fact is, time and time again we find cats can survive a house fire. Unfortunately, the myth that a cat trapped in a house that has burned down couldn't possibly be found alive prevents people from posting about their lost pet, or sometimes even looking for them. This results in many rescued pets languishing in shelters, never to be reunited with their families.
Meet "Exhibit A," Tiger Lily
Trapper Ellen Johnson reports about one of these "myth-busting" cats. "Tiger Lily was fourteen years old at the time of the Tubbs fire, and inside a home that burned. She was found and trapped 134 days later, living just three houses over." Cats trapped in their homes can be found months or even a year or more after a fire. To see evidence of this, please check out our "Reunited" album from the Sonoma fire here.
Meet "Exhibit B," Shadow
Watch our YouTube video about Shadow, the cat who was Found, then Lost, then Found Again.
Please post your lost pet so that we can help!
Please know that we are reuniting pets from the Camp Fire every day. Find out more about posting your lost pet here.
If you or someone you know is afraid to look for their pet because they have moved and no longer have a place to care for them, there are foster families who can help! Contact us for more information at CampFirePRR@gmail.com.