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These dogs and cats survived the deadly Camp fire. Will they ever reunite with their owners?

A volunteer tries to coax a dog rescued in the Camp fire to go for a walk at a temporary animal shelter. Many residents are devastated over the loss of their pets. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

The gray and white one looks promising — but no, it lacks the nick on the left ear that her Lightning had.

True to his name, Lightning bolted as Woodman was packing her car to flee the Camp fire as it devoured the town of Paradise.

At the Chico Municipal Airport, the lost animals of Paradise, from chickens to cats and dogs, are housed in a temporary shelter.

Owners stop by often, hoping against hope that their furry or feathered friends will turn up. Not many new animals are arriving. As time passes, the chance of a reunion grows slimmer.

More than three weeks since the deadliest fire in California history raged through Butte County, people are still coming to grips with the loss of homes and loved ones. The death toll stands at 88, with 49 still missing.

Many also remain devastated over the loss of their pets. In a town where home lots are large, it’s not uncommon for residents to have multiple dogs and cats. But as embers flew and flames spread on Nov. 8, terrified animals ran away or refused to get into the car. In other cases, owners were away from home and could not get back to their homes.

A dog dogs rescued in the Camp fire rests at the Chico shelter.
A dog dogs rescued in the Camp fire rests at the Chico shelter. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

There are about 30 dogs,…


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