Connecting Animals, Humans, and Our Planet

Rescue Spotlight — Jameson Humane

by ELYSIAN Magazine
Fun Fact:

Thanks to our generous vintners in the Napa & Sonoma Valleys, Jameson is proud to host one of the top 10 Wine Auctions in the country, WineaPAWlooza, as recognized by Wine Spectator Magazine. WineaPAWlooza hosts its 10th annual event this June.

Who we are:

Guided by the connection among animals, humans, and the planet, we seek to improve animal welfare through global collaboration and education for the benefit of all life.

This is, in part, why we consider our work as much more than solely encompassing the act of rescue. In 2020, we changed our name to Jameson Humane from Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch because “Humane” versus “Rescue” better reflects the breadth and depth of our work. We are an impact-driven organization located in Napa Valley, California, with an array of innovative programming that helps save all domestic animals’ lives, supports families in urgent need of help with their beloved animals, shows leadership through innovation, collaboration, disaster response, and fosters sustainability. We have solidified our role as a leader in the Bay Area when it comes to helping animals, humans, and our planet.

Our primary need:

As a leading nonprofit in animal advocacy and welfare, our primary needs will always be fundraising and the support of great volunteers – both for our varied programming and services. Additionally, fosters are in high demand for our many companion animals that need temporary care while awaiting their forever home or while in transition (we work with the unhoused community, senior living centers, and victims of domestic violence who may need temporary care of their animals).

Most memorable rescue story:

The first calls came into my phone at exactly 10:45 p.m. on the night that fires began to rage in California, Oct 8, 2017. That’s when all hell broke loose. As tens of thousands of people were forced to evacuate their homes on that unforgettable night, many found themselves feverishly wondering how to protect their animals, ranging from cats and chickens to horses and goats. Jameson alone fielded over 600 calls in the first several days and we were only in our third year of operation at the time.

As fires crept up into communities, my team of heroic rescue staff, volunteers, and I raced to find homes for animals and coordinate rescues, as well as deliver supplies to evacuation areas set up for large animals at local fairgrounds. 

I recall one couple in their 80s who lived along Tubbs Lane in Calistoga who were forced to evacuate, but they did not want to abandon their six horses, along with their cats and sheep. We were going rogue, but the police let us through. It took six people six hours to rescue the horses, and then we discovered the two sheep and the cats, too. We were fearing for our lives, and no one knew when the fire was going to come down Tubbs Lane. We went all the way from Calistoga down to Carneros and back to get the last three horses loaded. 

Everyone made it to safety, thanks to the help of so many. 

One of the horses rescued was named Tubbs, after the fire. He remains living in sanctuary at Jameson Humane. Little did we know how good we would have to become at being prepared for disasters.

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