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Menlo Park animal hospital delivers truckloads of pet supplies to fire victims

Hospital raises funds, plans to send team of veterinarians

Menlo Park's Mid Peninsula Animal Hospital is pitching in to help people with pets impacted by the North Bay fires.

The animal hospital, located on Merrill Street across from the Menlo Park train station, has sent at least two truckloads full of pet crates and animal food to evacuation centers. At some evacuation centers, people cannot register with their pets unless their pets are crated.

Many people fled the fire in the middle of the night and didn't have time to grab their pet crates, Carol Schumacher, principal at the animal hospital, said.

The hospital is raising funds to buy crates, pet food, medicine and other supplies for pets, and plans to send a team of veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians to help. Several veterinarians at the hospital are being deployed by the California Veterinary Medical Association to provide emergency care for injured animals, Ms. Schumacher said.

Naomi Pearce, animal hospital spokesperson, said she's contacting evacuation centers to figure out what's needed where. "As you might imagine, there's a lot of sorting out going on up north," she said.

One positive note: Ms. Schumacher said that at least in one of the more accessible evacuation centers in Marin, donations were being turned away because so many contributions had been received.

"I'm just really impressed with the overwhelming response," she said. "This is an ongoing disaster that's going to be a problem for a long time. We're going to be there for the long haul to help people get through this."

Donations can be made online at midpen.com/standbyyou. The animal hospital said it will match donations up to $10,000.

People who have extra animal crates can also drop them off at the animal hospital for delivery to evacuation centers. The animal hospital is located at 1125 Merrill St. in Menlo Park.

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