UPDATE: What to do with pets during the Mount Christie wildfire evacuation

UPDATE: What to do with pets during the Mount Christie wildfire evacuation

The South Okanagan BC SPCA is on evacuation alert and cannot board animals

UPDATE: 4:34 p.m.

Despite the South Okanagan BC SPCA having to relocate animals in its care due to the wildfire burning on Mount Christie near Penticton, the charity is still offering assistance to evacuees in the area.

Animals from the Penticton shelter have been 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.

Emergency boarding for pets of families that need to be evacuated is available at the BC SPCA 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.”

Despite being within the evacuation alert zone, the South Okanagan branch of the BC SPCA is along with the Kelowna shelter is 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 animals in need at the BC SPCA, please visit spca.bc.ca/emergency.

————

ORIGINAL:

Residents and their pets living in the Heritage Hills area, about six kilometres from Okanagan Falls, were forced from their home on Tuesday (Aug. 17) due to the growing Mount Christie wildfire.

In the past when residents are evacuated from their homes they can usually take their pets to the closest BC SPCA for boarding. The non-profit provides a safe space for the animals, along with food and medication.

However, the South Okanagan BC SPCA is in an area that is under an evacuation alert, along with more than 3,000 other properties in Penticton.

Kelowna BC SPCA branch manager Sean Hogan says the South Okanagan shelter is currently working to load up all of the animals in their care and transport them to shelters in Kelowna, Vernon and the Shuswap.

“Right now the South Okanagan shelter is not a destination for boarding pets, who might have been evacuated due to the Mount Christie wildfire,” explained Hogan. “Kelowna is on stand-by to be the emergency hub if need be. Right now, it’s not necessary, but we have been through this before and we know the protocols.”

The branches across the Okanagan and Shuswap are supporting each other to ensure there is enough space available to care for all of their animals.

Residents who are looking for medication, food, boarding or advice for their pets during this time and are evacuated or facing an evacuation alert can call Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital in West Kelowna.

Dr. Oz is offering free pet boarding to anyone who may have been forced from their home on Tuesday. He said, his staff is available to answer all questions and that medication and food are available at the clinic.

The Rose Valley vet is located at 112-2476 Westlake Road, West Kelowna.

The The Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team (ALERT) is also available to assist pets during wildfires.

ALERT is made up of volunteers who are mobilized when local authorities request ALERT’s help and when Emergency Management BC’s Emergency Support Services is activated.

If you are interested in fostering or hauling animals affected by the wildfire please go to the website and fill out the forms.

ALERT is located at 113-437 Martin Street in Penticton, and can be contacted by phone at 250-809-7152.

Preparing in advance will increase the likelihood that your pet remains safe and healthy during an emergency.

Your pet survival kit should include:

  • 72-hour food supply including bowls and a can opener
  • 72-hour water supply
  • Leash, harness, muzzle
  • Pet carrier
  • Medical/vaccination records, medication and veterinarian contact information – always keep copies of these in your grab ‘n go kit
  • ID tags and micro chip number
  • Blankets and toys
  • An X-pen if you have room

If your residence has been placed on an evacuation order, you’re asked to register at ess.gove.bc.ca or 199 Ellis Street in Penticton.

READ MORE: 21 wildfire personnel work overnight to battle 1,000-hectare Mount Christie blaze

READ MORE: Boundary wildfire places 44 homes on evacuation alert

READ MORE: Wildfire burns across border with Osoyoos


@Jen_zee
jen.zielinski@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

bc wildfires

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Penticton bylaw services department. (Submitted file photo)
Penticton Mayor tries again for more bylaw officers

Mayor John Vassilaki wants to see bylaw offer seven day a week services with extended hours

The City Park dock in Kelowna was underwater due to rising Okanagan Lake flooding in 2017. (OBWB photo)
Okanagan facing extreme flooding risk

Water board calls for updated Okanagan Lake level management

From left to right, Slackwater Brewing’s assistant brewer Carri Kemp, co-founder Kelsey Peyton & shareholder Lyndi Cruickshank. Slackwater Brewing is releasing their second annual brew for International Women’s Day on March 8. (Submitted)
Slackwater’s female brewmasters are “Making Waves” with their latest beer release

Making Waves is available across B.C. on March 8 in honour of International Women’s Day

Penticton City Hall
Penticton City Hall continues with COVID-19 reduced hours

One year ago, city hall cut its hours in half, now it’s the only municipality left doing so

Penticton Golf and Country Club was in full swing on opening day on March 2. (Monique Tamminga - Western News)
Golf in full swing on opening day at Penticton course

All tee times are booked into the next two weeks at the Penticton Golf and Country Club

A vial of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a family doctor office, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 in Paris. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP -Christophe Ena
Trudeau ‘optimistic’ that timeline for rollout of COVID vaccines can be accelerated

Canada set to receive more than 6M COVID-19 vaccine dose than initially expected, by end of March

The restart of the program means seniors can receive affordable meals delivered five days a week Photo by Scott Suchman for The Washington Post.
Princeton Meals of Wheels one year trial will cost $92k

Program restarts, and volunteer drivers are needed

Beginning late Tuesday, anti-pipeline protesters blocked the intersection of Hastings Street and Clark Drive in Vancouver. (Instagram/Braidedwarriors)
Demonstrators block key access to Vancouver port over jail for pipeline protester

They group is protesting a 90-day jail sentence handed to a fellow anti-pipeline protester

Two Vancouver police officers were struck by a car when the driver learned he was being arrested for allegedly using a fraudulent credit card to pay for food. (Vancouver Police Department)
Driver being arrested for alleged food order fraud rams Vancouver police with car

Two officers are in stable condition, suffering with soft tissue injuries following the incident

A discarded blue surgical mask is shown hanging in a bush in Montreal, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
B.C. RMT suspended for not wearing a mask after confirmed by undercover clients

College of Massage Therapists has 5 open files, said suspension necessary to protect public

Accident rates, injury claims and court costs have driven ICBC into deficit in recent years. (Black Press Media)
Judge rejects taking lawyers out of minor ICBC injury cases

Ruling the latest setback for B.C. NDP’s insurance cost reforms

Kelowna Olympian Malindi Elmore has been honoured locally for her contributions to the sport of running. She is one of five Okanagan athletes who received an athletic excellence award from PacificSport Okanagan, this week. (Contributed/UBC Okanagan)
Okanagan athletes, coaches honoured for achievements during pandemic

Among them, Kelowna’s Malindi Elmore and Jacob Rubuliak named Community Sport Heroes

Most Read