Get the latest information on pet supplies that are needed for animals affected by the B.C. Wildfires. If you are an evacuee in need of help with your animals you can contact the BC SPCA Animal Helpline at 1-855-622-7722 or visit our Animal Evacuation Support page.
- Volunteering: Our response teams are made up of staff and volunteers who are trained to ensure we are ready for emergencies. If you are interested in being a part of our Emergency Response team, we encourage you to gain some experience by volunteering at your local BC SPCA! Find volunteer opportunities.
- Fostering: Learn how to become a foster volunteer. Once we receive your application, one of our Regional Volunteer Engagement Coordinators will connect with you regarding the next steps.
- Dropping off donations to your local branch: Please contact your local BC SPCA for more information on donating pet food and/or supplies. Please note that our North Peace location is unable to accept donations as they are closed.
Q: I have land to foster livestock, how can I help?
A: If you are interested in becoming a foster volunteer, please learn more about this opportunity and to apply to become a foster volunteer. Once we receive your application, one of our Regional Volunteer Engagement Coordinators will connect with you regarding the next steps.
Q: I have to evacuate, where can I take my animals?
A: Please contact the Emergency Social Services coordinating evacuation centres for your area, as they will be able to let you know about options for you and your pets. You can also contact BC SPCA Animal Helpline at 1-855-622-7722 for details about emergency boarding.
Q: If I’m evacuating, what should I bring for my animal?
A: The following are just some of the items you should bring with you. The BC SPCA also has this list you can refer to .
- A seven-day supply of food and water
- Identification tag and collar
- Sturdy crate and/or carrier
- Pet first aid kit
- Plastic bags/doggie bags
- Food and water bowls (collapsible are great)
- Litter box and litter for cats
- Manual can opener
- Copy of your pet’s current vaccination history
- Any special medications and instructions
Q: Will the BC SPCA take my animal?
A: Please contact the Emergency Social Services coordinating evacuation centres for your area, as they will be able to let you know about options for you, emergency boarding for animals will be coordinated through the BC SPCA Animal Helpline at 1-855-622-7722.
Q: What if I have to leave my pets behind?
A: For indoor companion animals, leave them with as much fresh water (leave your toilet lid up) and food as possible. For outdoor companions and farm animals, leave them with as much food and water as possible. Do not tie down or chain your animals whether indoors or outdoors.
There is also the option to ID your animals and set them free. Please use your discretion.
When you evacuate, report your animals to your ESS reception centre. They will be able to advise on local resources available to check on/recover your animals when safe.
Q: What can I do to prepare myself in case of an emergency?
A: Please visit the BC SPCA website for information on disaster preparedness.
Register your pet with the BC Pet Registry.
Q: I’m not in an evacuation area, should I be worried about the smoke and my animals?
A: Please visit the BC SPCA website for information on smoke inhalation and other pet care tips. If you have more specific concerns or your animal seems in distress please consult with your veterinarian.