On April 12, 2014, a forest fire in Valparaiso, Chile, quickly took over more than 2,100 acres and claimed the life of 12 citizens. The fire has affected more than 10,000 people who have been forced to evacuate the area.
The large blaze has left many people and their pets homeless but it also affected the large population of homeless pets that fend for themselves in the city. Many animals have been trapped in the fire and concerned animal lovers are doing what they can to rescue them and bring them to safety.
The Valparaiso community has come together to help not only the humans affected by the fire, but also the pets. Emergency vet clinics have been set up across the city and pet owners and volunteer animal lovers are lending a hand to those animals affected by the fire. Anyone with a pet in need of medical assistance can seek veterinary treatment at any of the clinics.
The city opened shelters and those affected by the forest fire are welcome to seek refuge there. Donations benefiting humans and animals are welcomed at these centers.
The emergency clinics are welcoming volunteers and veterinarians interested in helping the four-legged friends in need.
Below are pictures showing how the community is stepping up to help the voiceless animals who need help the most.