DaisyCares Helps Central Texas Recover After Wildfires

In addition to helping with vet care costs for three cats injured in a tragic house fire where their father and 12 other animals sadly were lost, DaisyCares also worked hard to assists animals impacted by the horrific Bastrop wildfires.

In early September, wildfires ripped through Bastrop, TX, just 50 miles from San Antonio. The town suffered extreme damage and more than 1500 homes were destroyed. Of these homes many had family pets, and many of those pets were hurt or displaced.

The Bastrop County Animal Shelter (BCAS), with help from local veterinarians and animal service facilities in Austin, set up satellite locations on the fire’s perimeter and rescue workers risked their lives to rescue and care for these pets which either went to the BCAS to wait for their owners or were treated for injuries.

They were inundated and in desperate need of supplies, especially food. DaisyCares’ mission is to save pets’ lives and keep them with their families, and although we officially serve the counties only surrounding San Antonio’s Bexar county, when we heard of these pets in need we had to volunteer our services and help.

Just days after the fire we took a truck full of food and supplies to the BCAS and witnessed the overrun shelter with local pet owners coming in daily

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Working with WOAI TV’s “San Antonio Living” we reported on what we witnessed in Bastrop and gave a plea for assistance to San Antonio to also send support, offering to compile the donations and bring them to Bastrop on their behalf.

We were so amazed at the response. Several individuals donated cans and dry food, Home Away From Homes Kennels in Northwest San Antonio sent kennels and towels, food and other supplies. Local elementary school student Ellie Zinsmeister heard the story and created her own food drive at her school, Northwoods Elementary, together her and her classmates raised an impressive 2000+ pounds of food and again “San Antonio Living” came out to do a follow up on this compassionate youngster’s efforts.

Another big-hearted student, Hannah Relf from Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary also hosted a drive in support of the mission urging her Boerne neighbors, who had also been subject to wildfires, to send support bringing in several donations of food and supplies.

We brought the new load to Bastrop where we received updated reports that hundreds of animals had been reunited with their owners and as they sent them home they each were able to take home extra supplies thanks to donations such as these. DaisyCares could not be more inspired by these generous acts of kindness and we thank you for lending a hand when it was needed most.

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