App helps track pets lost during California wildfires


SACREMENTO, Calif. (KCRA/NBC News) — Hundreds of pets are missing as a result of California’s still burning wildfires.

Now, people are jumping in to try and help connect the pets with their owners.

Once on a list to be euthanized in parts of Butte County, five dogs now sit in Orangevale at the Mobile Vet Connection under the care of Dr. Jyl Rubin.

“We bathed them, trimmed their nails, cleaned their ears, gave them little sweaters,” she said.

The dogs, all of whom had medical conditions, got to the kennel on Sunday.

Rubin is prepared to take in even more animals. She packed Monday night, planning to head to paradise Tuesday morning.

“People have been looking for their animals, so we want to play an important role in helping these people,” Rubin said.

Amber Wittner is also trying to help.

“I thought how can I work to make a difference digitally,” she said.

Wittner created an app called Paw Prints.

Here’s how it works: Animal owners create dots indicating where the pet was last seen, its breed and contact information. Anyone who finds an animal can create a star through the app, with the same details that hopefully ends with the pet being reunited with its owner.

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