Displaced Pets: 330 animals dropped off at Pasadena Humane Society

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    PASADENA - When college freshman Bassem Tossoun and his parents fled their La Crescenta home, they grabbed one of their most precious possessions, Roxy their 8-year-old Labrador/shepherd mix.
    Like dozens of other families displaced by the Station Fire, they dropped off their scared family pet Monday morning at the Pasadena Humane Society.
    The Raymond Avenue shelter has been caring for the pets of displaced families since the Friday when evacuations were first ordered. So far 330 animals have been dropped off, although some have been returned home.
    The Tossouns are confident their home will be saved, but they had concerns about the dog.
    "We're definitely more worried about Roxy," he said.
    "She's very scared right now," he added.
    The society's charity tested the shelter's limits.
    The boardroom/auditorium was converted to a cat dormitory for 80 felines, which slept or meowed softly in their cages.
    Twenty-five dogs were kept in an air-conditioned training room.
    Officials expect more animals this week, and they hope families who are allowed back home will quickly retrieve their pets.
    "We really are urging people to come directly to the Humane Society if they can," said Hillary Gatlin, the Humane Society's community resources assistant.
    Animals are stressed, said Ricky Whitman, vice president of community resources.
    "Some of the birds have already plucked at their feathers," Whitman said, as she peered into a room with parrots, cockatoos and other birds. Other shelters have lent the Humane Society cages, and the shelter also received donations of pet food, blankets, towels and even dog treats.
    The staff are doing the best to keep the animals happy.
    Volunteer members are taking them out for walks around the block at nearby Central Park.



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