Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden is accepting small pets (dogs, cats, small mammals, etc.) during the evacuation of homes due to wildfires in Jefferson County. If residents are not allowed to keep their pets with them during an official evacuation, they may bring them to the shelter until the evacuation period has ended.
Jennifer Strickland, Director of Community Relations, reports that FAS is ready and able to accept pets for fire residents in need. Yesterday, the shelter was open until 10 p.m. for residents and opened today at 7 a.m. The shelter currently has five cats from the evacuation area, however, they are prepared to handle many more if necessary.
Next door to FAS, the Jefferson County Fairgrounds are accepting large animals until the danger has passed. Residents can call JeffCo Animal Control at 303-277-0211 for assistance or information. Both the shelter and the fairgrounds are located just off of 6th Avenue in Golden on the 6th Avenue Frontage road west of Indiana Street.
According to 9 News, as of Tuesday afternoon the fire is only 20 percent contained, but 200 firefighters, including hand crews from out-of-state, are on the ground and fighting the fire. Pre-evacuation orders went out to 705 homes from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office telling residents they should prepare to evacuate. If the need to evacuate arises, deputies will make a second emergency call to residents.