The BC SPCA is reaching out to offer pet food and supplies and emergency pet boarding for residents impacted by the Squamish Valley wildfire.
The wildfire, estimated at 203 hectares in size, has been burning since April 15 about 15 kilometres northwest of Brackendale near Squamish. A local state of emergency is in place and the Magee Road area has been evacuated as the flames threaten homes. Residents in several other communities in the region are on evacuation alert.
“We want residents to know if they are evacuating and have nowhere to take their pets, we can provide accommodation for cats and small animals at our Sea to Sky facility in Squamish and for dogs at our West Vancouver shelter,” says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of communications for the BC SPCA. “Anyone needing assistance is asked to please contact our Animal Helpline at 1-855-622-7722 to make boarding arrangements.”
Chortyk said the BC SPCA is also calling for public donations of unopened dry and canned pet food and cat litter. “If anyone is able to donate these supplies, they can be dropped off at the BC SPCA Sea to Sky Branch at 1005-B Industrial Way in Sqamish, the BC SPCA West Vancouver Branch, at 1020 Marine Drive in West Vancouver or the BC SPCA Vancouver Branch at 1205 East 7th Avenue in Vancouver. We are so grateful for these donations and we will ensure that they get distributed to pet guardians in need in Squamish.” Individuals needing assistance with pet food are invited to call the Sea to Sky SPCA at 604-898-9890 for details.
Download our free emergency checklist (PDF) to ensure that animal guardians are prepared if they need to evacuate with their pets.