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Bernardo Fire: Animal information

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The Helen Woodward Animal Center evacuated its 400 animals as a precaution from nearby evacuations from the Bernardo Fire.

Volunteers and Rancho Santa Fe residents arrived to help crate animals and haul horses in trailers from the center.

"It's really, really touching and special to us,” said Helen Woodward Animal Center P.R. manager, Jessica Gercke.

The evacuations at the center started around 3:00 p.m. and was finished in three hours.

Six horses in the equine hospital stayed on site because they were not ordered. 

One woman who is a 37-year-resident of Rancho Santo Fe says when she saw the need she wanted to help.  

"We just got into two cars and just came. We have to help these wonderful animals,” said Rosemarie Nauert. 

If you would like to help The Helen Woodward Animal Center email the center at: social@animalcenter.org. The Center reported, as of 4:00 p.m., that they have the trailers and drivers they need.

The Del Mar Fairgrounds was not the official site for animal evacuations but a spokesperson says they did not turn away the 500 horses who needed a safe stable away from the fires.

CBS News 8 spoke to middle school students who ride horses and helped evacuate horses to Del Mar Fairgrounds.

“I think it's great. It really shows community and everybody cares about each other and we are these horsy people who come together,” said Kellyann Doody.

Like many of the volunteers they are grateful for a community during crisis like this.

"It's just everyone in the horse world loves horses and they don't care who the horse is they just grab a horse and help,” said Abby Spencer.

Pet Kingdom, Fido & Co. Canine Country Club, The Animal Keeper.com in Oceanside and Encinitas, The San Diego Equestrian Center contacted CBS News 8 about providing  shelter for pets and livestock who were evacuated from the fires.

The San Diego Animal Support Foundation also helped coordinate pet evacuations.
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