As three major wildfires are creating havoc in Monterey County, California, a resident stepped up to rescue over 1,000 farm animals whose owners had to evacuate their homes.
Getting a team of horse owners together with their trailers, quarter horse breeder Blake Cadigan has been able to evacuate all kinds of livestock out of harm's way amid the River and Carmel Fire rage.
He said "the worst part" of the rescue is that a lot of these animals have never left the place where they're being kept at. "[T] they don't get transported regularly like a horse," he said.
Rescuing different animals to fill their version of Noah's Ark has been no easy feat for his team. Part of what motivated Cadigan and his volunteers are the strong links between owners across the state.
"You've got to go out here and help these people," Cadigan said. "Help your friends and families."
Volunteer Danielle Caldeira, who accompanied Cadigan on his rescue missions, told the outlet: "We have to go rescue five emus, three llamas, one alpaca, six goats, two pigs, two mini donkeys, two mini horses, and five peacocks... and that's just one place."
Caldeira noted that if they fail to transport these distraught farm animals, the prospects amid the life-threatening fires are grim. The other issue that Cadigan and the team have dealt with is the lack of space to temporarily house all the rescues.
With over 1,000 animals of various kinds, shapes, and sizes rescued, the horse breeder told KSEE that they are "running out of room."
"What we need right now is we need medical supplies for livestock, we need hay, water buckets that’s a huge one, we really need to get these guys water, and shelter," Cadigan said.
"We have been overwhelmed by generosity by our equine community. At this time we are no longer in need of donations, however we did put together a list of people who are still in need of supplies and monetary donations," they wrote.
Despite all the challenges, Cadigan and his fellow transporters find the exhaustive effort of saving these lives is "worth it."