The Alley Cat Allies Recovery Center® continues to work around the clock to care for cats who survived California’s deadliest wildfire in November 2018. The Camp Fire devastated the town of Paradise and several other communities. Alley Cat Allies President and Founder Becky Robinson was on the front lines as cats were rescued in the aftermath. Our leadership, expertise, and funding, and the generosity of our donors, is making the recovery center possible. Operated by FieldHaven Feline Center, the recovery center has provided everything from recovery to reunion for more than 500 cats since the Camp Fire occurred in November 2018.

Read about some of the cats’ journeys out of the ashes and into the care of the Alley Cat Allies Recovery Center®.


When Ellie was rescued in December and brought to the recovery center, she wore a collar with her name and phone number, but it was to a landline in a home that had burned down. We turned to our community network and Butte County’s Camp Fire website to track down Ellie’s caregiver, Constance F. After two months apart, Constance F. was thrilled and grateful to be reunited with Ellie.


Hunter hunkered down for 62 days near the remains of his Paradise home before he was caught on camera by a volunteer working with the recovery center. His family fled without Hunter when the fire erupted. Hunter was finally humanely trapped and brought to the recovery center, where he was reunited with his family.


Three months after the Camp Fire separated Lisa H. from her beautiful cat, Dixie, she’d lost hope for a reunion. Lisa H. left her information with the Alley Cat Allies Recovery Center® in case Dixie was brought in. Then she got a call: Dixie had been rescued and was at the recovery center! It was the day before Lisa H.’s birthday when she finally held her cat in her arms again.


This handsome gray cat had two cases of mistaken identity before finding his family. After the recovery center rescued Ghost in December, two different people arrived hoping he was theirs. Thankfully, the third time was the charm. Kathryn L. knew the moment she walked in that the gray cat was hers. Now Ghost is back with Kathryn L. where he belongs.

Camp Fire recovery continues and our work for cats is far from over.

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