Heartwarming moment a California wildfire evacuee returns home to find her loyal dog Madison guarding the ground where their house used to stand
- Andrea Gaylord was forced to leave her dog Madison behind when she evacuated as the Camp Fire tore through Northern California last month
- This week she returned home to find the pup waiting on her property
- Adorable video shows Madison being reunited with his brother Miguel, who was rescued in neighboring Citrus Heights weeks after the fires tore through
- Shayla Sullivan, who has spent the past month rescuing pets in the wake of the fire, shared Madison’s inspiring story on Facebook
A woman who was forced to leave her dog behind when she evacuated as a wildfire tore through her neighborhood in Northern California last month returned home this week to find the beloved pet waiting in the ashes where her house used to stand.
Volunteer organization K9 Paw Print Rescue shared a photo of the dog named Madison waiting patiently on the property when her owner Andrea Gaylord returned.
The caption explained that Madison’s ‘parents’ were unable to get home to him after the Camp Fire broke out and rapidly expanded across thousands of acres.
‘They hoped and prayed he would be OK. When they finally got clearance to go back to the lot where their house once stood….Madison was waiting there for them as if he were protecting his former home. Never give up!!’ the post read.
A heartwarming video shows the moment Madison was reunited with his brother Miguel, who was rescued in neighboring Citrus Heights.
Northern California resident Andrea Gaylord, who was forced to leave her dog Madison behind when she evacuated as the Camp Fire tore through her neighborhood last month, returned home this week to find the beloved pet waiting in the ashes where her house used to stand
Madison appeared to be protecting the property that had been almost entirely razed by flames
The loyal pup can be seen greeting his owner when she returned home this week
Adorable video shows the moment Madison was reunited with his brother Miguel, who was rescued in neighboring Citrus Heights weeks after the fires tore through
More than 50,000 people in the town of Paradise and two neighboring communities were forced to flee as the Camp Fire torched 240 square miles after igniting on November 8.
This week hundreds of residents were finally allowed to return and survey what’s left of their homes after the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history.
At least 85 people were killed and 11 are still missing one month on.
Shayla Sullivan, who has spent the past month rescuing pets in the wake of the fire, shared Madison’s inspiring story in a comment on the K9 Paw Print Rescue post.
She said she caught sight of Madison several times during her searches but was unable to get to her, so she would leave out fresh food and water in hopes that the dog would find it.
Sullivan wrote: ‘I’m so HAPPY to report that Andrea was allowed to return to her property today and THERE MADISON WAS!!!! He had stayed to protect what was left of his home, and NEVER gave up on his people!
‘I’m so happy I’m crying as I write this! He didn’t give up through the storms or the fire! A LOOOOONG month it must have been for him!’
Gaylord never gave up hope that she would see Madison again even after weeks went by
Madison’s story was shared in a Facebook post (above) from local resident Shayla Sullivan
Sullivan (pictured) has spent the past month rescuing pets in the wake of the fire
Describing the moment Madison and Miguel were reunited in a post on her own profile, Sullivan wrote: ‘It was the BEST feeling having Madison meet our truck. After feeding him for almost a month, but NOT knowing he was for sure still there, seeing him was surreal.
‘He followed the truck, so he must have sensed Miguel was aboard. He was wagging his tail as if to tell me: “I know you from around here, I think you’re pretty ok.”‘
Sullivan said that after the dogs greeted each other they ‘went back to work’ protecting their home.
‘Miguel took Guard over the lower part of the property and Madison took the top. It must be such a RELIEF for Madison to have his partner back,’ she wrote.
‘We looked around and still are amazed that both dogs survived. It’s a true testament to the instincts these dogs have. Their people lost multiple family homes. Andrea’s spirit is uplifting and she hopes to rebuild a new home for the boys to watch over.
‘Madison is PROOF that there are many animals waiting for their people. Keep feeding, just in case , and keep the hope alive!’
After Madison and Miguel greeted each other they ‘went back to work’ protecting their home
Hundreds of residents were finally allowed to return to their communities and survey what’s left of their homes this week, one month after the deadliest wildfire in California history