VHS has now taken in over 125 animals that were victims of BC Wildfires.
Yes, folks, that what we do. And at this time, we are still receiving them. For context, wildfires scorched more than 1.2 million hectares across the province since April 1, the largest area since B.C. began keeping wildfire records. It was heartbreaking to watch the events unfold in the news and devastating for those who were forced to evacuate, some knowing they had to leave their animals behind. Temporary shelters were in place and the VHS supported them where we could.
As the emergency came to a close, many animals including dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens were surrendered, they would not be going back to their former homes. Was it because their owners had lost everything including hope, or was it because those animals weren’t of value to the people in the first place? We will never know the reason and it doesn’t really matter. We are here to let the love begin for the 125+ animals who we have taken into care so far and any others that may come from the fire ravished areas.
Before any of the animals could come in, we needed a place to house them and a call was sent out for foster homes to which many people responded. A dedicated crew of foster co-ordinators did their level best to speak to all who had applied to determine what kind of help they were able to offer. In this instance, foster families had to be willing and able to take on multiple kittens or a dog who they would need to get to know and perhaps help train. We had no idea of temperament as we do not yet have a shelter where we can bring the animals in, assess their behavior and needs and then match them to the right foster or adoptive home. While many people wanted to help, not all were equipped to deal with the unknown factors but we truly appreciated their support.
Please know that we are grateful for you, without your donations, none of this work would be possible, including being able to respond to emergency situations like the BC Wildfires.