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Rescue group takes in animals from Lincoln fire

By: Jon Brines, Placer Herald Correspondent
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With the tanker fire in Lincoln consuming propane and the attention of authorities, a specialized group mobilized to protect the animals affected by Tuesday night’s evacuation. Noah’s Wish, a national all volunteer group, set up at Margaret Azevedo Park on Wildcat Boulevard to house animals removed from the Lincoln evacuation zone. “We’ll basically shelter them until the owner reclaims them,” Rocklin resident and Noah’s Wish volunteer Kaity Taylor said. The non-profit group, based in El Dorado County, was able to quickly set up a large makeshift shelter at the park with crates and kennels, if necessary. Auburn resident and Regional Coordinator for Noah’s Wish Charlie Crosby had just returned from assisting residents in flood- ravaged North Dakota. “Cats are pretty self sustaining. They are gone. They know where to run to. They will do that in a fire, but dogs will just get out and run and run and run,” Crosby said. The group is expecting an influx of cats, dogs and exotic animals from the one-mile radius centered at Nicolaus and J Streets in Lincoln. With Cal Fire estimates as high as 4,800 homes affected, the group estimates as many as 2.4 animals per household could be in that area. The first to show up was 3-year-old Cali and a young cat named Sailer,who came from the Red Cross’s shelter at the Lincoln Community Center on Joiner Parkway and First Street. Shelters will not permit animals inside. “The (owner) is in a convalescent home because she is stressed out,” Crosby said. “When she finds out that we’re here and we have her cats that will help relieve the stress.” When Crosby was able to get the cats settled down in cages in her SUV, she spoke to them softly — offering them reassurance. “This is a stressful situation and they just need to know they are not in harm’s way. We mean them no harm,” Crosby said. Taylor, a Rocklin resident, was surprised to be able to use her training for a disaster situation like this in her own backyard, but she has agreed to provide foster care for cats if it comes to that. “I love animals,” Taylor said. “Rescuing animals from disaster situations really struck a chord with me.” For more information on Noah’s Wish visit their website at www.noahswish.org.