RUIDOSO, N.M. (KRQE) – The latest wildfire in Ruidoso is serving as a major wake up call for those living there, and they’re not just worried about the people. They’re also now working on an evacuation plan for the animals.
It’s been a week since the Moon Mountain fire erupted in Ruidoso. It torched an estimated 125 acres. It was a scary sight for volunteers at the village’s humane society.
“We saw that the fire was starting pretty good, we could see the smoke from here especially, it was about a quarter mile away from us,” said shelter manager Abel Guzman.
The shelter had to move all of its 37 animals as a precaution.
They were thankful the shelter wasn’t full at the time but they know it could happen again soon.
It was just four years ago the Little Bear Fire devastated the Ruidoso area. The shelter says it took in dozens of animals during that blaze and if they would have had to evacuate then it would have been tricky.
“Thankfully we didn’t have too many animals at the time, so we were able to get by, but that really alerted us as to if we were full we weren’t going to have enough kennels to be able to transport,” said Guzman.
Now they are asking for the public’s help to prepare for the next time.
They started a GoFundMe page to raise money for crates and kennels to transport more animals.
They say the response from the community has been great.
“There has even been people that have come and donated their own kennels to us to help us out just in case this ever happens again,” said Guzman.
The shelter is also reminding pet owners to come up with a plan for the next big fire.
“For the general public, think about your animals, as part of your evacuation plan, have your animals involved in it,” said Guzman.
The shelters goal was to raise $2,500, and they’ve already raised about $2,200 in just six days. They plan to buy 60 new transport kennels with the money.