Dear members of the Canine Companions community,
I’m writing to update you on our current status. While the wildfires continue to wreak havoc on our community, our campus remains safely out of the fire zone. While the Schulz campus remains closed through the remainder of this week, staff who are able to reach campus safely are here and working. Any members of the Canine Companions community who require assistance can reach us at the numbers I provided in the last update, and which I’ve reprinted at the bottom of this email.
We will attempt to open normally for business next week. However, since the fires continue and additional areas continue to be declared evacuation zones, business will no doubt be disrupted to a certain extent. While Canine Companions is safe and operational, many of our staff may be displaced into or through next week. As a result, we do not expect everyone to make it in to work.
As I said in the last update, all Canine Companions staff are accounted for and safe. Unfortunately, three of our staff have lost their homes to fire, and more are in evacuations zones and uncertain about the fate of their homes. In addition to staff, the Canine Companions community has about 250 members, puppy raisers, breeder caretakers, foster sitters and graduates, in the areas affected by the wildfires. Staff have been able to reach all but 24 of this list. We realize the situation is chaotic here and have given these individuals several options for contacting us when their situation permits. Everyone who we’ve reached is safe, although I’m sorry to report that 12 members of our community have lost their homes. I’m also afraid that this number will grow as we are able to contact those we’ve been unable to reach so far.
The dogs that were relocated from campus remain happily in foster care and, by all reports, are happy with a fall break from school.
I would like to thank all of you for your amazing outpouring of generosity in response to this tragedy. The offers of assistance that came in via cci.org/nwrfirehelp have been tremendous, and I am thankful yet again to work with such a caring community. Our partners Eukanuba and Henry Schein have also offered help to those affected, as have many businesses and individuals. Thank you all.
Canine Companions for Independence
Numbers for those requiring assistance:
Graduate department: 707-577-1755
Veterinary clinic: 707-577-1745
Emergency line: 1-800-833-5388
The emergency line is monitored around the clock.