South Okanagan animal rescue service ALERT says 'all hell broke loose' Monday as the Inkaneep Wildfire exploded and they rushed to save animals

'All hell broke loose'

The Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team (ALERT) has their hands full with making sure furry friends are safe from the advancing Inkaneep Creek wildfire, as humans are forced to flee.

"All hell broke loose tonight," reads a social media update from the team in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The Penticton-based team of trained volunteers rescue animals of all sizes, requiring help moving and lodging larger animals like horses, as well as boarding for household pets.

"I have no words. But I can just say I am in awe of the patience and compassion of the hauling community who stepped forward into the action to take out animals from the line of fire. To all of you, the volunteers receiving them including Desert Park people, and the Reception Centre folks, 'Thank you,'" the post reads, and includes some photos of safely lodged pets and horses.

"To the owners/guardians, Little Green Farm and our [Emergency Support Services] colleagues, try and get some good sleep. Tomorrow is another day."

Dozens of properties in the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen between Oliver and Osoyoos were evacuated suddenly Monday evening, along with more on the Osoyoos Indian Band, and many more remain on Evacuation Alert in the area. Find a list of evacuations and orders here.

The RDOS has instructed those on order to "take pets with you if you can," but when that is not possible, that's when ALERT comes in.

In busy times like this summer, they often have no time to fundraise, and since 100 per cent of their funding comes from donations, that can make the work difficult.

Find out more about ALERT and how you can help here.

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