A Cranbrook pet care facility has opened its doors to animals from wildfire ravaged California.
32 dogs were airlifted by Wings of Rescue Sunday from overcrowded shelters in Ventura and Long Beach to the Key City.
Eight were sent to Calgary while the remaining 24 stayed at the Playpen Pet Boarding and Grooming locally.
Owner Karla Shalley helped spearhead efforts to bring the animals to Canada after watching coverage of the fires stateside.
“I was literally going to rent a van or a motorhome, drive down and pick up a bunch of dogs,” Shalley says. “Thought maybe we could make something easier work, so I contacted a friend of mine who is a founder of BARC’s in Calgary. She said maybe she could help, she had some contacts in California and put the balls in motion.”
Shalley took the animals in because she felt it was the right thing to do.
“I just thought that was my duty to pay it forward and help these shelters in California which are devastated by this natural disaster,” Shalley says. “I have space, I own a pet care facility and why not? These dogs need help and if we all do our a little bit, we would be a happy world.”
Shalley says none of the dogs have owners and are in need of homes.
She is also welcoming donations to help cover expenses.
(Photo and video from Wings of Rescue/Facebook)
– Playpen Pet Boarding and Grooming Owner, Karla Shalley