It was a heart-pounding and harrowing time for the staff, volunteers and community members dedicated to a Southern California Animal Adoption Center.  During the October 2019 wildfires, intense and fast-moving flames ignited in the darkest hours, surrounding the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center, and threatening countless adorable dogs and cats. As staff and volunteers rushed to try and save them, with almost no time to evacuate, firefighters raced to the scene to valiantly protect them from harm.

Stepping in between massive walls of smoke and flames is just one of the many risks our firefighters take to protect people, pets, property and more.  This rescue is just one of thousands of incidents first responders across the country call just another day on the job.


For the brave men and women of the LAFD, should anything ever happen to them during a lifetime of service, the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firefighter’s Fund is here to fulfill their needs. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity founded more than a century ago, our organization is dedicated to helping the families of LAFD firefighters facing a serious crisis, such as being injured or killed in the line of duty. Thanks to kind and generous contributions, the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firefighter’s Fund makes a significant impact, providing assistance with basic living expenses, health insurance premiums, durable medical equipment, and awarding memorial scholarships to children of firefighters who died while active duty.

Meet the furry friends at the adoption center

The firefight unfolds…