Recently, Thron paired up with volunteer animal rescuer Shannon Jay to scour the ruins of Paradise, a town leveled by the Camp Fire, in search of any pets who may have survived. Jay has rescued countless cats from disaster zones over the years, and Thron came to learn what a labor of love that really is.
“The cats are very skittish,” he said. “They’ve been through hell.”
Last week, Thron’s camera was rolling as he and Jay heard a cat’s faint cries for help emanating from beneath a burned-out truck. Terrified, her fur and paws seared by the flames, the cat had taken refuge under the vehicle — and needed to be coaxed to safety.