By Matthew Stephens
Valley Herald 

Fairgrounds housing evacuated animals

Volunteers caring for livestock


Last updated 8/25/2023 at 2:20pm

HEART photo | Special to the Valley Herald

Livestock such as these goats along with other large animals were evacuated to and housed at the Spokane County Fairgrounds during the days of and after the Gray Fire.

SPOKANE VALLEY – Many groups have stepped up efforts to help evacuate, house, care for and reunite animals with their families after regional fires drove thousands of people and animals to evacuate.

The Humane Evacuation Animal Rescue Team, otherwise known as HEART, has been helping with animals taken to the Spokane County Fairgrounds and evacuation centers.

According to the group's President, Marian Ortiz, they have housed and cared for over 550 animals at one point while volunteering at the fairgrounds. She also said that number is constantly in flow as people pick up animals and other...

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