For once, life wasn’t feline fine in the Canyon for the Blue Bell cats because the fire threatened their home

Cats Keller, Squirt, Star and 47 other feline companions wait in their carriers for possible evacuation from the Blue Bell Cat Retirement Sanctuary

Chair of the Blue Bell Foundation for Cats Susan Hamil says that she, employees Carlos Fitzgerald and Rima Ahdab, and Canyon Animal Hospital veterinarian Dr. Jen Barton were able to corral the cats into their carriers without too much trouble, given that the cats are given so much love and attention that they have developed deep trust in each of them.

“Many of our volunteers offered to help, but because the Canyon Road was closed, they weren’t able to get to us,” she says. “It was scary, with the embers flying in our direction.”

Fortunately, evacuation wasn’t necessary, and the cats were released to return to their comfortable lives in their bucolic home in the center of the Canyon.

“The good news is that we had a chance to practice our fire drill,” Hamil says, “and all went well.”

The Blue Bell Cat Retirement Sanctuary provides loving and compassionate care for senior cats whose owners can no longer take care of them. 

The Blue Bell Foundation for Cats urges owners to include their cats in their estate planning to ensure that their pets are well taken care of for the remainder of their lives. For more information, visit

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