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Local animal shelter takes in pets displaced by CA wildfires

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(photos courtesy Second Chance Animal Shelter) (photos courtesy Second Chance Animal Shelter)

Wildfires in California have caused devastation for residents, and even their pets.

On Saturday the Second Chance Animal Shelter in East Brookfield took in 15 dogs out of a total of 160 that came from three shelters in southern California.

The dogs were flown in to the Morristown, New Jersey airport by volunteer pilots through a California based organization called "Wings of Rescue."

Second Chance Animal Shelter representative, Sheryl Blancato told Western Mass News the 15 dogs they were taking in to put up for adoption were arriving Saturday afternoon.

These dogs are mainly Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes and are under 30 pounds.

"The dogs have all had preventative vaccines and once they are spayed/neutered and cleared for adoption are expected to get adopted quickly," noted Blancato.   

She also said, ""This is an important mission to help these dogs in need. This area of southern California is inundated right now with pets already in shelters and the need to help out pets impacted by the fires.  The dogs we are taking in are dogs that were already in the shelters and/or were surrendered due to the fires.  This will open up space in these shelters to help with the local need there."  

There is a fundraising account to help cover the transportation costs and care for these dogs you can find information on that by clicking here.

Second Chance is a nonprofit organization that began in 1999 in East Brookfield and relies on donations and grants to operate.  They're located at 111 Young Road and can be reached at 508-867-5525. 

For more information about the shelter click here! 

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