PAUL AIKEN
Nancy Engellenner gets a hug from Jean Gatza, with back to camera, in the parking lot of the Boulder County Justice Center on Tuesday. Engellenner, who lives in Sunshine Canyon, believes her house was destroyed in the fire.

Humane Society donations

Donations are needed by the Humane Society’s local branches to keep up with unusually high demand as a result of the Fourmile Fire.

Humane Society of Boulder Valley needs blankets, towels, cat litter, canned dog and cat food, six-foot leashes and cash donations. Visit boulderhumane.org to donate online or text “pets” to 50555 to add a $10 donation to your cell phone bill. Items can be dropped off at 2323 55th St. in Boulder.

Longmont Humane Society needs machine washable blankets, towels, canned dog and cat food, and pet toys. Donations can be made online at longmonthumane.org. Donations can also be taken to 9595 Nelson Road in Longmont.

Rescuing pets

To request rescue for a left-behind pet, call Boulder County Animal Control at 720-564-2942.

To find a pet, contact Longmont Humane Society at longmonthumane.org or 303-772-1232, or the Humane Society of Boulder Valley at boulderhumane.org or 303-442-4030.

Boulder County Animal Control officers made their first trip Tuesday into the area evacuated by the Fourmile Fire to rescue pets left behind.

Officials offered few details about the number of requests they’ve had, or which pets were rescued, but said officers have only been to the Sugarloaf area.

“The ground crews cleared us to enter that area today, but so far that is the only area Animal Control was allowed in,” city of Boulder spokeswoman Sarah Huntley said.

Animal Control will continue to take requests and make trips to get left-behind pets as soon as it’s safe, she said.

The Longmont Humane Society, which is the checkpoint for evacuees’ pets, said the first truck of 30 rescued pets arrived Tuesday, and half of those animals would go to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley.

Both shelters were filled to capacity, with about 40 evacuee pets each, but were working to make more room Tuesday.

“We have a volunteer who has offered up her ranch to some of our adoption dogs,” said Brianna Beauvait, a spokeswoman for the Longmont shelter. “We’ll be sending them to her as needed to make space for more evacuee pets.”

Shoshana Fanizza, 39, and her fiancé Richard Quenon, 44, who evacuated their Olde Stage Road home Monday with their cats Amelia, Charli and O.C., spent Tuesday volunteering at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. The couple left their pets there overnight because they were staying with a friend who was allergic.

“It helps to keep busy,” Quenon said of the volunteer work. “Plus, we wanted to give back since they’re helping us and so many others out.”

Local residents also offered their homes to evacuees and their pets. The social networking site Twitter is filled with offers to take in dogs, cats and even horses.

Jen Dziuvenis, 31-year-old Louisville resident, tweeted Tuesday that she could take two dogs in need of a temporary home.

“I know it would be comforting to me if I had somewhere safe to keep my dogs through all of this so I’m just trying to do my part,” Dziuvenis said.

Rich Frankenheimer, of Niwot, has space for up to four horses or other livestock in his corrals and is offering to take care of the animals until evacuees are allowed to return home.

“It’s sitting there empty and we would love to do something to help,” said Frankenheimer, 50. “It dawned on me that we could easily take some livestock in. It’s the least we can do.”

The Boulder County Fairground is also housing evacuee livestock, including horses, chickens and goats.

Adam Shepler, 29-year-old Boulder resident and CU graduate student, is offering his condo to up to two evacuees and their animals.

“There’s no reason not to help,” Shepler said.

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