Barbara Montandon, right, Plumas Animal Welfare Society board member and pet adoption coordinator for North Valley Animal Disaster Group, set up a pet adoption event through PAWS inside Plumas Bank Chester on Jan. 17. Out-of-towners Journey and Isaac Thompson happened to drop in and are now the proud owners of two cats abandoned or surrendered by their owners after the Camp Fire in Butte County destroyed thousands of homes. Photo Stacy Fisher

Plumas Bank Chester provides a venue for pet adoption

Not only did the victims leave behind everything they owned in the Camp Fire, but in their rush to escape the conflagration, many family pets were left behind as well when residents fled from their homes as flames raced across the towns of Paradise, Magalia and other unincorporated communities.

Trained rescue teams were dispatched to areas in Butte County devastated by the conflagration to evacuate and shelter pets left unaccompanied or abandoned during the disaster.

Chester resident Barbara Montandon, Plumas Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) board member and pet adoption coordinator for North Valley Animal Disaster Group (NVADG), set up a pet adoption event through PAWS inside Chester Plumas Bank on Thursday, Jan. 17.

A number of cats rescued from the Camp Fire that remained unclaimed or surrendered by their owners were spayed or neutered and had their vaccinations, making it easier for those wishing to adopt the animals to take them home after filling out a form,

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Montandon said she wanted to find loving homes where “deserted and stray cats could stay forever and be cared for.”

More cats are available at the PAWS cathouse in Quincy, 2453 E. Main St., open Wednesday through Friday, from noon to 3 p.m., and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or by appointment. The organization’s phone number is 283-5433. PAWS email is: [email protected]

Adoption fees are $25 for a spayed or neutered cat. If the cat or kitten has not been spayed or neutered, the fee is $60 with $50 refunded when the organization receives proof that the animal has been altered.

Adoptees who are renting a home are required to provide verification from their landlord that cats are allowed.

Another resource for pet adoption can be accessed at: www.CampFireRescuedAnimals.com with pictures of rescued animals available for adoption.

Headquartered in Chico, North Valley Animal Disaster Group (website: www.nvadg.org) also provides a hotline for evacuees to call at 895-0000 to reunify pet owners with their pets.

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Montandon noted that Treats Wags n’ Wiggles Pet Supply, located at 525 Main St. in downtown Chester, accepts monetary and pet food donations used toward animals living in various shelters.

Anyone interested in pet adoption can contact Montandon at 258-1536 or email her at [email protected] Volunteers are always needed and welcome to assist.