California Dog Caught In Wildfires Reunited With Owner
Amidst the devastating California wildfires, many pets were left stranded and some even perished following the devastating impact the fires had on the coastal retreat of Malibu and its surrounding areas, but many families still managed to make it out alive, despite a number of casualties.
It goes without saying that our thoughts go out to all those who passed away or were in any way affected by the natural tragedy last month, but thankfully rescue efforts by local fire services have now eradicated the fires and saved many who were in danger, but one pet who didn't manage to get saved was Madison the dog.
In an effort to find out if their dog was still alive, the family returned to the burned remnants of their former home and had a surprise waiting for them. In a beautiful Facebook post, K9 Paw Print Rescue shared the wonderful story with their followers. "Madison's parents were unable to get home to him when the Camp Fire spread. They hoped and prayed he would be OK.
"When they finally got clearance to go back to the lot where their house once stood....Madison was waiting there for them as if he were protecting his former home. Never give up!"
The rescue worker responsible for saving Maddison and many other animals during the tragic events was Shayla Sullivan, who had actually spotted Madison a couple of times but was unable to return him home due to the uncertainty of the fires.
In a bid to save him Shayla made sure Maddison had food and clean water in the spot of his old home and it appeared to work.
After a month of Maddison's owners not being allowed to return to their home, Shayla wrote, "I'm so happy I'm crying as I write this! He didn't give up through the storms or the fire! A LOOOOONG month it must have been for him!"
Andrea Gaylord, Maddison's human mum, told ABC10: "Imagine the loyalty of hanging in in the worst of circumstances and being here waiting. It was so emotional."
Offering hope to many other wildfire victims who are yet to be reunited with their pets, Shayla said, "I am sure as more people return the fur babies that survived the fire WILL know their people are back!
"Ignatious did and now Madison! Here's to many more reunions ahead! Keep the hope alive!"
What started as a campfire soon turned into one of the worst wildfires in recorded history, with some 150,00 acres of land being burned to the ground. Thousands lost their homes, while hundreds of others were left with serious injuries.
Eighty-five people also lost their lives in the tragedy.