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Wildfires throughout British Columbia

July 11, 2017

The wildfires throughout British Columbia are creating serious and life-altering situations for people and animals in all affected areas. We, the CVMA-SBCV Chapter, want to help those at risk.

Yesterday, we were in contact with Cheryl Rogers, the national coordinator with the Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team (CDART), to tell them we want to help support their efforts.

What We Did
Yesterday, we wrote a cheque for $10,000 as a donation to assist CDART’s efforts to rescue animals in BC. Our donation included an agreement for CDART to use the money only in British Columbia, and will assist CDART volunteers to get animals to safety.

What We Are Doing
Today, we reached out again to CDART to enquire how else we can help, and how our members might be able to get involved to help save animals at risk during these terrible and serious wildfires. Animals at risk include family pets, working animals, food production animals, and wildlife. We will keep you apprised of our efforts and what is needed by CDART.

What You Can Do
If you are a veterinarian affected by wildfires, please know that you are not alone in your situation and there are veterinarians, community groups, citizens, and organizations available to help you.

Our experience with the past Kelowna and Fort McMurray fires tells us that finding places of refuge and then transporting animals, both large and small, to these safe locations is the biggest challenge. The need for temporary shelter, crates, and pet carriers is high for family pets, and trailers and trucks, and the associated food and water for large animals, is also in great demand.

Our past experience also tells us that the most common veterinary medical issues resulting from wildfires are not burns or smoke inhalation, but are bite wounds and lacerations, from scared or unhappy animals in new and sometimes tense situations. Also, many people do escape with their pets but don’t have time to bring their animals’ medications with them.

Veterinary clinics may be temporarily closed, damaged, or even destroyed by wildfires. This means clients and patients need to go somewhere else for care. The CVMA-SBCV Chapter asks you to consider offering a displaced DVM a space in your clinic to allow their stressed clients to see a familiar face. 


For coordinated information about evacuations:

The Thompson Nicola Regional District
The Thompson Nicola Regional District is directing efforts regarding pet and livestock evacuations, and can reach out to other groups which can assist. Please call 1.866.377.7188.

CDART Missing Animal Requests
Please use this form if you are missing your animal. You can print and then scan and email to Heather Ferguson.

Emergency Alerts and Evacuations
Twitter: @EmergencyInfoBC