Police in Vacaville, California rushed to rescue cats and dogs from a shelter under threat by wildfire in the SPCA of Solano County on Friday.
60 animals were rescued from the shelter as the flames came within feet of the building.
‘As the Nelson Fire raced towards the south end of town, it looked like the Solano SPCA would be the first to be hit by the flames,’
‘Our officers worked with Humane Animal Services, SPCA staff and volunteers to evacuate all they could in a race against the clock,’ the Vacaville PD said in a statement.
The whole incident was caught on camera and the video footage shows officers rushing into the shelter and rescuing cats and dogs, loading animals into the backs of their vehicles and driving them to safety.
Residents donated crates, food and bedding for the animals, while many of the rescued animals were quickly given temporary foster homes.
‘We thank you all so much for your donations, love, support, and concerns. The Vacaville community has been so gracious to open their homes and hearts for us.’ the shelter said.
The Nelson Fire burned a total of 2,162 acres. Fortunately, fire crews stopped it before it destroyed the animal shelter.
The cause of the fire is still not known.