Volunteers in Cranbrook are hoping to make life easier for wildfire evacuees with pets.
The Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team has set up a kennel at the Kinsmen Arena.
Secretary Patti Flanagan says they are available to house domestic animals forced to leave their homes.
“Many people who are given the evacuation order come to the emergency operation centre at the Curling Rink,” Flanagan says. “If they have animals and they can’t get a hotel or motel that takes animals, they have an option to come to CDART and we can house dogs, cats, birds, the smaller animals.”
Flanagan says they are receiving plenty of support from the community.
“We don’t have a lot, we are always looking for donations. We have kennels, food, blankets, leases, all that kind of stuff,” Flanagan says. “We’re just reaching out to the various pet stores, veterinary clinics, asking for donations or support.”
Anyone who has items to donate or is interested in volunteering is asked to come to the Kinsmen Arena shelter between 9 am and 8 pm.
Over 400 properties in the Moyie area are under an evacuation order.
– Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team Secretary, Patti Flanagan
– Jeff Johnson