Letter to the Editor: High Country Humane thanks the community | Letters

High Country Humane would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the community for the incredible support of our shelter during the tunnel fire. We don’t know what we could have done without the tireless dedication of our volunteers and the generous donations of all members of the community.

Fort Tuthill County Park was a great staging area for a few of our animals, but we also couldn’t have done it without our amazing foster families. These wonderful people stepped up and collectively welcomed over 150 animals into their homes. Emergencies are stressful, especially for animals. We cannot thank our host families enough for providing a loving and calm place for everyone during this difficult time.

There were also nearly 20 animals in our care that were in our parvo room. Since it’s so contagious, none of them could safely go to foster homes. We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to Canyon Pet Hospital, the Continental Animal Wellness Center, and the Humane Society of Sedona for housing these parvo-infected animals during this time. This has allowed us to continue to provide them with safe medical care, and we are very grateful that they open their doors to us for all of our animals.

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The Coconino Humane Association also did an incredible job of taking in animals that had been evacuated during the fire while we ourselves were evacuated. We were so grateful that they provided space for community pets during this time.

Everyone was also blown away by the support of local businesses for our volunteers. The Tortilla Lady was kind enough to donate a much appreciated lunch to our staff and volunteers at the Fort Tuthill site, and Arizona Route66 RV generously provided us with a warm place to sleep while we took care of our animals.

We are so grateful to everyone who has donated, volunteered, encouraged or reached out in any way. Taking care of all our animals is possible thanks to the wonderful members of this community. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!

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