BC SPCA Increases Support for Animals Impacted by Wildfires
Prince George, B.C.- The animal evacuation centre operated by the P.G. Humane Society with the support of the SPCA is full, so a second Evacuation Dog Care Site has been opened.
It is at the Duchess Park Warehouse at 747 Winnipeg Street.“ There are currently 35 dogs in care but the facility has the capacity to handle more incoming dogs” said Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA.
Dog owners will be referred to the SPCA-run centre by local Emergency Social Services personnel.
The BC SPCA has also deployed a number of special constables from its cruelty investigations department to a basecamp in Clearwater, where they will be providing support in rescuing animals trapped behind fire evacuation lines.
The BC SPCA Provincial Call Centre (1-855-622-7722) is now also fielding calls from pet owners in the Cariboo Regional District who require officers to attend, feed/water animals and remove animals if given the authority to do so by the owners. Currently the call centre is managing calls from the 100, 103, 108, 150 Mile areas as well as Lac La Hache and Williams Lake.
“In addition we have transferred more than 130 homeless animals in our care from SPCA shelters in the Cariboo region to our facilities in the Interior, the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island to free up space for temporary emergency sheltering for animals impacted by the fires,” says Chortyk.
She said the BC SPCA has also contacted large pet supply companies about shipping urgently needed pet food and supplies to evacuation centres.
The BC SPCA has set up a special online emergency donation site (spca.bc.ca/emergencyalert) to help animals affected by the wildfires.