The BC SPCA is reaching out to residents displaced by the devastating fire at the Winters Hotel in Gastown to offer free shelter for their pets until they are able to find alternate housing.
“We can only imagine how difficult and upsetting this is for these residents, so we are here to help in any way we can,” says Jodi Dunlop, manager of the Vancouver SPCA. “Currently five cats and two kittens are receiving free emergency boarding, and we are in regular touch with the building officials to let them know this service is available for others.”
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The BC SPCA is also providing emergency funding for pet food and supplies needed by other residents, and SPCA staff are donating men and women’s clothing for displaced residents.
Dunlop notes that emergency response is a key part of the BC SPCA’s work in the community. “Last year we provided more than 12,000 nights of free emergency boarding for pets displaced by wildfires, floods and other disasters, as well as for individuals fleeing domestic violence or unable to care for their pet while in hospital.”