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Penticton SPCA evacuating animals from Christie Mountain wildfire

Evacuation alerts have been issued for Carmi and South Penticton neighbourhoods due to the Mount Christie wildfire.
August 19, 2020 - 4:26 PM

The Christie Mountain wildfire in Penticton isn’t just forcing people to evacuate.

The B.C. SPCA branch in Penticton says it has also had to evacuate and relocate all of the animals in their care. The animals are being transferred to other locations based on their individual needs.

Although they are moving the animals away from the affected areas, staff will be on-site to offer pet food and supplies even while on alert.

“We strongly encourage pet owners to plan for their animals when making evacuation preparations”, says Parm Takhar, chief operations officer for the B.C. SPCA in a media release.

The B.C. SPCA offers an online checklist to be sure you have everything needed in case you and your pets need to evacuate. They also remind pet owners to register their pets with the B.C. Pet Registry in case they are separated during an evacuation.

The B.C. SPCA is also offering emergency boarding to those who have been impacted by wildfires in the Southern Okanagan. Animals will be sent to Kelowna for any emergency boarding.

“We want residents to know if they are evacuating and have nowhere to take their pets, we can provide temporary accommodation for them at the B.C. SPCA Kelowna location,” says Takhar in the release.

If you can help any animals affected by the Penticton wildfire or would like to donate to the emergency efforts, click here.

If you have a pet and need to make emergency boarding arrangements, call the Animal Helpline at 1-855-622-7722.

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