Lost Pets from Lilac Fire Still Unclaimed

Editor’s note: As of Dec. 20, Violet, the turkey, has been reclaimed by its owner.

During the chaos of the Lilac Fire, amidst evacuations and unpredictable winds, families got separated from their pets. The San Diego County Department of Animal Services rescued a total of 33 animals and all but four have been reunited with their owners.

Do you see a pet you recognize? Share these photos around so we can reunite them with their humans.

All of these missing critters are currently at the Animal Services shelter in Carlsbad. It’s located at 2481 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011. You can call them up at 619-767-2675.


This three-year-old male Chihuahua/Terrier was rescued on Dec. 8 and was found on Valle Del Sol in Bonsall.  He is not leash-trained but does love attention. Except for being exposed to the smoke, he was not hurt and the veterinary staff have continued to monitor his condition. The owner has until Dec. 22 to claim the dog, and there are already two adoption holds on this dog.



This 10-year-old turkey is named Violet. Some of her feathers were singed in the fire. We know she has an owner, we just need help getting in contact with them. The owner has until Dec. 24 to claim Violet.



This three-year-old male Spaniel was found on Via Montellano in Bonsall. He suffered severe but superficial burns on all of his pads and between the pads as well. It could take weeks or possibly months for his paws to completely heal. His owner has until Dec. 24 to claim him.



This one-year-old female cat was found in the Rancho Monserate manufactured home community in Fallbrook. She also suffered burnt paws and had her whiskers singed off. Her burn wounds are healing well and she is friendly and soliciting attention. The owner has until Dec. 24 to claim the cat.

Being prepared is crucial for any type of emergencies. Could you evacuate in 15 minutes or less? Even with your pets? Watch Surf Dog Teddy show us how to be perfectly planned with pet emergency kits.

In addition, Animal Services has emergency preparedness recommendations for livestock owners. Moving horses and other large animals takes time and practice. Being prepared is the best plan.