Dog Missing In California Wildfire Miraculously Found On The News

There have been many devastating losses to arise from the horrific wildfires that have engulfed California since the start of November - homes, jobs and even lives have succumbed to the blazes.

As one family was attempting to flee from Camp Fire as it made a rapid approach to their home, they packed up their car, but noticed their beloved family pet - one-year-old husky, Max - was nowhere to be found and the Yeager family feared, along with their home, they'd lost him forever.

Michel Yeager told The Dodo he'd gone back to get Max but was unable to find him and had to flee with his two young daughters.

She said: "We have a pretty big yard and he always likes to hide under our porch when he's scared, and I wasn't able to get to him. I saw the fire ash falling from the sky and I knew I had to get my girls out. We were only able to stay for less than five minutes."

After they were safe from the blaze, they discovered their house was lost to it and at this point they knew their chances of seeing Max again were very small - but the family refused to give up.

Max is now receiving treatment for his injuries. Credit: Twitter/Michel Yeager
Max is now receiving treatment for his injuries. Credit: Twitter/Michel Yeager

The posted pictures of Max on social media in hope he'd be found, to no luck. That was until they were scrolling through Facebook they came across a video of a dog found in the fire - it was Max.

Of course, Michel and her family thought there could be no way it could ever be Max - their Max was a fluffy husky with a thick glossy coat, this dog was a yellowed ash-covered scared beast completely unlike their furbaby.

It was huge long shot that could be potentially devastating for the family, but they took the chance and went to look into it with hope it may be Max.

Michel said: "My husband Jeff was actually looking through news videos on Facebook and came across one that said they found a dog named Max by Stratton's Market on Sawmill.

"We live about a few houses down, so we called up the news person and asked how he knew his name and everything, and he described his collar."


The moment the collar was described to them they were 100 per cent sure that the charred little dog in the video was Max.

As soon as they could the whole family went to reunite with Max - though the little husky looked different after surviving the horrific blaze the family loved having him back nonetheless.

Although Max is still in a veterinary hospital receiving care due to his poor condition Michel says the their once-missing family member should make a full recovery.

If you want to donate to Max's recovery, you can do so here.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/Michel Yeager

Rachael Grealish

Rachael is a NCTJ qualified journalist from West Cumbria, with a passion for news, features and journalism. Outside of work Rachael loves plenty of coffee, running and reading.

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