Family who evacuated during California wildfires find pet dog waiting for them on their return
If you're in need of some wholesome news following a year that has seemingly been dominated by depressing headlines, look no further...
A dog which survived the Camp Fire which blazed through California last month has been reunited with his owners after waiting at the site of their destroyed home for weeks.
Madison's owners were unable to get him to safety when the Camp Fire first spread. Now, however, they've shared their story of joy after finding their pooch waiting for them on their return.
The Camp Fire was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history to date. The fire, which started on November 8th, was responsible for at least 86 civilian fatalities, as well as 12 injured civilians and five firefighters. Thousands were forced to flee their homes, with the blaze destroying over 18,804 structures.
Taking to Facebook last week, K9 Paw Print Rescue posted a picture of Madison on the scorched earth.
"Madison's parents were unable to get home to him when the Camp Fire spread. They hoped and prayed he would be OK," the organisation wrote. "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 pooch managed to escape unscathed thanks to Shayla Sullivan, a rescue worker who helped look after the animals caught up in the tragic fires.
Shayla took to the comments to elaborate on Madison's story;
"Do we all remember Miguel the guardian dog that was one of my tickets? He had a brother named Madison that we have been looking for," the rescue worker began.
"I kept Andrea’s ticket the entire time I was 'officially; inside. Each other time I was inside, I would return and put out fresh food and water. I’ve also been scouting ALL of the FB found pages in hopes he might turn up. After all, Miguel had turned up in Citrus Heights. I had sighted Madison a few times deep in the Canyon BUT knew he took his job seriously and wasn’t going to be an easy catch. After meeting Andrea in person when I took Miguel to her, I had the idea of placing an article of clothing that would smell like her (I had hugged her) to keep Madison’s hope alive until his people could return. WELL, I’m so HAPPY to report that Andrea was allowed to return to her property today and THERE MADISON WAS!!!! He had stayed to protect what was left of his home, and NEVER gave up on his people! 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! [sic]"
I am sure as more people return the Furr 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!"
Now, isn't that heartwarming?