Volunteers working to rescue helpless animals as Goodwin Fire rages

Yavapai County Fairground is the makeshift shelter for animals and livestock rescued from the Goodwin Fire.

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. - Animal Disaster Services is taking in pets from evacuees of the Goodwin Fire.

Small pets are being cared for at a shelter inside Bradshaw Mountain High School, and large animals like horses and goats at the Yavapai County Fairgrounds.

This service is volunteer based and a point of great need when evacuating communities like Dewey and Mayer.

"You got to save the horses, you have to save what you can," Jay Stephens said after dropping off four horses left behind in Dewey.

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Stephens and others drove right up to the fire line Wednesday looking for helpless animals left behind.

"We watched it come over the hill. So we had to load those goats quick."

The fire was not only threatening the home, but was minutes away from the barn where several horses and goats were trapped. 

"We would have lost them all," Stephens said. "The fire was right there so it wouldn’t take long to lose them"

"This guy is an angel! I'm telling you. He has saved 10 horses today and at least 10 - 15 goats," a woman added as Stephens spoke to 12 News.

Stephens is one of countless volunteers doing everything they can to help in a community far too familiar with incidents like this. 

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