As wildfires threaten hundreds of residents in the southern Okanagan region, the BC SPCA has needed to relocate animals from its location in Penticton.
Animals are being transferred to other locations in the area depending on their needs.
The BC SPCA is also reaching out to offer pet food and supplies and emergency pet boarding for residents impacted by the Southern Okanagan wildfires.
The BC SPCA is also able to provide emergency boarding for pets for families that need to be evacuated at its location in Kelowna.
“We want residents to know if they are evacuating and have nowhere to take their pets, we can provide temporary accommodation for them at the BC SPCA Kelowna location,” says Parm Takhar, chief operations officer for the BC SPCA. “Anyone needing assistance is asked to please contact our Animal Helpline at 1-855-622-7722 to make boarding arrangements.”
Additionally, the Penticton and Kelowna SPCA locations are equipped to provide pet food or other supplies to any evacuee. The Penticton location will continue to provide community food bank outreach services to the community while on alert.
“We strongly encourage pet owners to plan for their animals when making evacuation preparations”, says Takhar. The BC SPCA provides an Emergency Evacuation Checklist to help, and pet owners should also register their pet with the BC Pet Registry in case they are separated during an emergency evacuation.
During the record breaking 2017 and 2018 wildfire seasons the BC SPCA operated an Animal Evacuation Centre for evacuated pets in Prince George.
If you can help the animals affected by the wildfires in Penticton or want to donate to emergency efforts in the Okanagan, please visit spca.bc.ca/emergency.