Yes, I'm making a loving gift to keep animals safe from wildfires!
As wildfires threaten B.C. communities this summer, the BC SPCA is opening an Emergency Animal Centre in Kamloops and deploying our Special Constables behind evacuation lines for animal rescue. We're also monitoring the wildfire situation across B.C. and preparing to deploy additional staff and emergency resources as needed.
If you or anyone you know needs support, please contact us.
Thank you for kindly rallying to help families keep their beloved pets safe during an emergency.
July 22 Update
It’s hard to believe that we are already weeks into a horrific wildfire season - with no end in sight. The number of fires raging across our province continues to be staggering and the daily updates of new orders and alerts impacting our friends, family, neighbours and fellow British Columbians is truly heartbreaking. Every time a new order sends families from their homes animals can be left with nowhere to go. If the places evacuees are able to find shelter don't take pets, what are they supposed to do?
Your compassionate help is urgently needed to keep animals safe.
We're doing everything we can, but our resources are already stretched thin. Last night staff worked late into the night completely evacuating our shelter in Quesnel. As we do this, we are aware that our other shelters in the region, already filled to capacity, are at risk as well.
The Drives for Lives program has been expanded as we do everything we can to move animals out of the Interior, keeping them safe and clearing space for the ongoing requests for emergency board from evacuees with no options left for pet-friendly housing. Even under normal circumstances, the cost of transferring a single cat or dog is more than $100. Now we are faced with moving every animal we can from interior shelters on to the Lower Mainland and the Island. Many of these animals will be with us for extended stays as their families have no home to return to.
We are doing everything we can to make room for evacuee animals, including offering 50% off adoption fees.
As shelter staff provides care and much-needed cuddles to pets separated from their guardians, our Animal Protection Officers continue to follow up on requests from desperate guardians and to make trips behind the lines to ensure farm animals have the food and water they need.
Everything we have done in the last three weeks is because amazing friends like you will not leave animals without a safety net.
Sadly, we do not expect the need to stop. This is the greatest pressure we have ever had on our emergency services and there are more hot summer days ahead.
Many of us cannot imagine the heartbreak of being forced to leave our homes. For evacuees, finding a roof over their own heads can be difficult, let alone a safe place for their beloved pets. Every evacuated animal helped is because of you.
As long as the need continues we will do all that we can for the animals and pet guardians displaced. I cannot thank you enough for ensuring that helps is there for our fellow British Columbians during this difficult times in their lives. Your gift today is truly a lifeline.