When 9-year-old Cindy Lock looked out the window of her San Diego home, it was terrifying.
“There were just red flames and black smoke,” said Lock. “We had to evacuate our house.”
As the Valley Fire quickly approached their home, the Lock family realized they had to leave.
“We grabbed pictures because those mean a lot to us, and our animals,” said Lock.
The family took their horse to a nearby large animal shelter.
“We are currently housing more than 245 animals as a result of the Valley Fire evacuations,” said Kelly Campbell, director of the Department of Animal Services for San Diego County. “We have large animals on-site as well as small animals.”
Dog and cat owners can also drop their pets off at the shelter temporarily.
“We have more than 30 horses, 25 alpacas, 61 chickens,” added Campbell. “We want to support the community as these evacuations continue to take place.”
The shelter will return Cindy’s horse when it is safe for her to go home, making evacuation a little bit easier.
“I just like kindness and kind people,” she said.