As the Camp Fire ravaged portions of California, many pet owners had to leave their animals behind, often because they didn’t have any other alternative. Andrea Gaylord was one of those pet owners. She was away from home when the fire spread and couldn’t return to her house to retrieve her dogs, Miguel and Madison.
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K9 Paw Print Rescue, an organization that helped locate and care for animals that were left behind, managed to locate Miguel. However, they weren’t initially able to find Madison.
Food and water were placed on Gaylord’s property once it was accessible, along with an article of the owner’s clothing.
“I had the idea of placing an article of clothing that would smell like her to keep Madison’s hope alive until his people could return,” said Shayla Sullivan, a K9 Paw Print Rescue volunteer, according to a report by SF Gate.
Last week, the owners were able finally able to return to their home. When they arrived, they found Madison waiting for them.
“He had stayed to protect what was left of his home, and NEVER gave up on his people!” said Sullivan.
In total, the Camp Fire killed 85 people and destroyed over 18,000 structures, making it the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California’s history.