Suri survived the wildfires, but was left with burn injuries. She's being cared for by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Her family has already been found. UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
Suri survived the wildfires, but was left with burn injuries. She's being cared for by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Her family has already been found. UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

Fires

UC Davis cares for animals injured in wildfires – and one team even helped rescue koi

By Kalin Kipling

kkipling@sacbee.com

October 23, 2017 07:50 PM

UPDATED October 24, 2017 08:31 AM

UC Davis has been caring for dozens of animals that were displaced or injured in the California wildfires over the past two weeks.

And the school’s Veterinary Emergency Response Team, lead by professor Dr. John Madigan, was on the front lines offering care to and rescuing critters big and small, including koi.

“While behind the lines we found koi ponds where water and airflow had stopped and fish were dying,” Madigan explains in a Facebook post. “Consulting with others (Cindy and Eric Davis) we organized a novel transport system including aeration from using a tire inflation pump and brought 16 koi to the Aquatic Center at UC Davis.”

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To date, the School of Veterinary Medicine has treated a total of 70 animals of all sizes and it could get even more wounded creatures.

The animals include 22 cats, 12 horses, one dog, two llamas and 33 koi. Unfortunately, one of the two llamas had to be euthanized due to the severity of its wounds.

While many have been claimed, others remain unclaimed by their families. One owner even sent a note and sweater to UC Davis with her injured cat, Apu.

UC Davis has been posting many pictures of its patients on this Facebook page in the hopes of finding the pets’ families. It offers an email address to contact if you believe you know – or if you are – the owners, but UC Davis cannot adopt out the animals. They will be returned to Sonoma County Animal Services and placed up for adoption.

While many animals suffered burns in the fire, some – such as Sassy, below – were hit by cars.

The school’s UC Davis Veterinary Catastrophic Need Fund is helping to fund the cost of care and it is seeking more corporate partners to donate medications, equipment and supplies.

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