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Volunteers Reunite Cats Lost in Wine Country Wildfires

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    Volunteers Reunite Cats Lost in Wine Country Wildfires
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    A lost cat poster is taped to a light pole in the fire-devastated Coffey Park neighborhood on October 14, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

    Volunteers have reunited about 300 cats that were left behind when wildfires burned through Northern California wine country in October.

    The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports the Sonoma & Napa Fires Pet Rescue and Reunification group was trapping about 20 so-called fire cats each week in the months following the blazes that killed dozens of people and destroyed thousands of homes.

    The group is now catching about one cat each week with its efforts focused on more rural areas.

    Becky Basque, a volunteer in the Riebli-Wallace area, says most people "assumed their pet was dead."

    Most of the reunited fire cats were caught near the sites of their homes. The group has reunited the animals through Facebook groups.

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