Family pets also being helped during wildfire evacuation

Rikki Cheese

Family pets also being helped during wildfire evacuation

CREATED Jul. 11, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- From money and supplies being donated to the American Red Cross, to shelter being offered to furry family members, volunteers said they've been overwhelmed by the community's support.

The America Dog and Cat Hotel on East Patrick Lane and the Animal Foundation on Mojave at East Bonanza, have taken in 10 displaced pets so far.

Among them, Ruth Kizer's two pointers. She was stocking up on supplies on Wednesday at the shelter, while she stays at the Cannery for free.

Kizer said people have been coming from across the community to help in any way they can, "I had a lady who works for Jubilee come and take my laundry and she brought me some reading glasses, so I could see my phone."

The shelter has been flooded with donations beyond basic supplies like water, toiletries and pet food.

"They put out a request for eye drops and chap stick and sun block, and everybody has responded," said Beverly Bishop, volunteer.

Locals helping locals, who never dreamed they would need such help.

"I can't go up there and fight the fire, but I can help by keeping pets safe," said Dustin Seibert, America Dog and Cat Hotel.

Ferraro's Restaruant on Paradise is also helping in the response with a Mount Charleston Relief Menu, with half the proceeds going to the American Red Cross.

Several hotels are also offering free or discounted stays for evacuees.