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Dozens of pets evacuated


Suzanne Pugh of the Kelowna BCSPCA gives an update on the evacuation of animals from the Smith Creek wildfire.

As of Thursday night the Kelowna shelter was in a position to take in 31 dogs, 22 cats and assess as need be.

All evacuated animals must be checked in with ESS and CDART at Mount Boucherie Secondary School along side their guardians. Pugh says CDART has been extremely helpful and organized when it comes to helping assess the evacuated animals from the Smith Creek Blaze.

The Kelowna branch along side dog control and CDART, only took in four dogs from one home and three cats who were actually being fostered by a SPCA volunteer who had to be evacuated.

The shelter is running regulation operations, Friday, if you have questions regarding the shelter activity please call 250-861-7722.

For calls after branch hours from 5 p.m. - 8 a.m. please call 250-258-2512.

The public is also able to reach the emergency call centre at any time to report an animal in distress by dialing 1-85-622-7722

Well over 40 animals spent the night at Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital after Dr. Oz opened his doors to those evacuated from the Smith Creek fire.

Dr. Oz says it was a long night of sitting with the animals, fielding calls and handing out pet medication to those who may have left theirs behind during the evacuation.

“We had dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, hamsters, to tell you the truth I lost track of how many we have in our care, but our girls here are doing an amazing job of keeping things organized.”

The clinic reached full capacity Thursday night, but Oz refuses to turn anyone away and has rented the space next to Rose Valley Hospital, to house more evacuated animals.

“We ran out of cages this morning, so we put a post on our Facebook page asking for large cages and we have had an amazing response,” says Oz who is donating food, litter and other medical supplies during this time.

“If anyone needs help, please just come we have enough of everything,” explains Oz.

While Oz offered his medical expertise and services for animals who may have been injured in the wildfire, he says it was not needed and as far as he knows all animals were evacuated safely.

A concern right now for the clinic, is the possibility of a loss of power after CORD Emergency reported the fire is burning within 100 metres of the main feeder line that serves Peachland, Westbank, and West Kelowna.

A generator is not needed at the hospital right now, but Dr. Oz is very worried that a loss of power would be detrimental to the animals in his care.

“We need to keep all the animals cool and there is the possibility of an emergency surgery. We would need power for a surgery.”


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