FMSPCA to the rescue

Saving Fort McMurray’s pets in the most difficult time

By Dawn Booth, Connect Weekly

Fort McMurray SPCA representatives and Wood Buffalo Small Ani- mal Hospital representatives on May 10. The representatives worked with local law enforcement services to rescue hundreds of pets from the region. Submitted photo

Fort McMurray SPCA representatives and Wood Buffalo Small Animal Hospital representatives on May 10. The representatives worked with local law enforcement services to rescue hundreds of pets from the region. Submitted photo

The Fort McMurray SPCA joined forces with the Regional Municipal Law Enforcement Services and other animal rescues groups and control agencies to rescue as many animals as they could over a 96-hour period during the first week of May.

According to a release, the FMSPCA was able to re-open the shelter to provide temporary housing for rescued pets prior to the transportation to the pet evacuation pickup centres outside of the region.

“We are proud to say that we played a large role in this pet rescue with the first achievement being a shipment of 244 animals sent by transport truck to Edmonton on May 8,” FMSCPCA’s Executive Director Tara Clarke stated in the release.

“Our FMSPCA representatives worked in challenging conditions: sometimes requiring respirators, and without running water or electricity. They also worked tireless hours with little sleep or comfort and spent the last three nights in their vehicles due to lack of available resources.”

The FMSPCA gives their heartfelt thanks to Shane Kearney, Dr. Stephanov and the Wood Buffalo Small Animal Hospital Team. To the first responders, partner rescues; including Alberta Animal Rescue Crew, Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force, Alberta SPCA, Barrhead Animal Rescue, Canine Action Group, Global Animal Lovers, Klassic Kennels, Red Deer SPCA, Saving Grace Animal Sanctuary, Second Chance Animal Rescue and the officers who helped to make the efforts possible for all of them in the community.

Learn more about the FMSPCA online at www.fortmcmurrayspca.ca.

–  Article as shown in Connect’s Special Edition – First Issue After the Wildfire – Released May 28, 2016 –

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