Animals find homes after 36 Pit Fire evacuation

Some people who haven't had to evacuate took in some of their neighbors' animals

Jamie Bryant in Boring took in animals who needed to be evacuated from the 36 Pit Fire, Sept. 16, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Jamie Bryant in Boring took in animals who needed to be evacuated from the 36 Pit Fire, Sept. 16, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

BORING, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The 36 Pit Fire forced some people to evacuate, but the area surrounding the fire is filled with livestock.

Some people who haven’t had to evacuate, including Jamie Bryant, have taken in some of their neighbors’ animals.

“I looked on Facebook and stuff and people around here have helped me out a whole bunch when I really needed it, so I’m just returning the favor,” Bryant told KOIN 6 News.

She took in three horses, a herd of ponies, a prize bull and one goat.

Bryant said she started reading about people needing help with their animals and immediately responded by taking them in, on the spot, for an indefinite period of time.

“As long as they need a safe place to stay,” she said, “they can.”

It means extra work and extra money for feed as each horse eats about 20 pounds of hay a day, but Bryant said it’s all worth it.

“It’s a good feeling to help out you know, to be part of something and help the community.”

Anyone needing assistance in transporting their pets or anyone wishing to volunteer their time in assisting people with livestock transport needs can call Tamara Moxon at 503.793.7091.

Below are additional resources that can provide assistance in transporting animals:

  • Eagle Fern Equine Hospital at 28255 SE Eagle Creek Road in Estacada. This hospital can accommodate cows and horses. Please call ahead to the hospital at 503.630.4558. The hospital offers a 24-hour call-in line at 503.721.4384 and can also accommodate other livestock.
  • 18027 S. Harding Road, Oregon City. You must provide identification proving that you live in an area affected by the wildfire.
  • Those in need of horse hauling services can call Kim Mosiman of Sound Equine Options at 503.888.3933.
  • Anyone needing assistance with domestic animals, pets, birds, reptiles or rodents can contact Clackamas County Dog Services located at 13141 SE HWY 212, Clackamas, Ore. The shelter hours are Monday-Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dog Services’ phone number is 503.655.8628.

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