As wildfires continue to threaten hundreds of residents in the southern Okanagan region, the BC SPCA said it is relocating animals from its location in Penticton as part of its response.
The society said animals at the location are being transferred to other locations in the area depending on their needs, and it is reaching out to offer pet food and supplies and emergency pet boarding for residents impacted by the Southern Okanagan wildfires.
As well, the BC SPCA said it emergency boarding for pets of families that need to be evacuated is available 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,” said BC SPCA Chief Operations Officer Parm Takhar. “Anyone needing assistance is asked to please contact our Animal Helpline at 1-855-622-7722 to make boarding arrangements.”
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The SPCA noted that the Penticton and Kelowna SPCA locations are both 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.
Anyone who can help animals affected by the wildfires is asked to contact the BC SPCA.