Staff Report

Veterinarian Shana Schank of Vet’s Here packs supplies to donate to search and rescue dogs.

After heavy rains triggered catastrophic mudslides in Montecito, Vet’s Here donated supplies to help care for the search dogs that were working to rescue victims and clear roads.

Search and rescue dogs worked 12-hour shifts in Montecito and Summerland to recover missing people. Vet’s Here, a mobile veterinary practice in the Santa Ynez Valley donated a variety of antibiotics, bandage materials, eye ointments and disinfectants. Many Vet’s Here customers also donated to these efforts.

“We hope these supplies help rejuvenate the rescue dogs,” said Dr. Autumn Fanning, president and CEO of Vet’s Here. “Rescue missions like this can take a toll on the dogs, and we want to do everything we can to help care for them.”

Volunteer veterinarians have been checking the dogs twice a day to ensure they are still in good health and able to continue to work. The dogs suffer from ailments such as contact dermatitis, eye irritations and lacerations.