Friday, May 13, 2016

Pet project: Shelter proud of its work reuniting animals with Fort McMurray evacuees

 Dogs lay in cages at the SPCA rescue centre in the Bold Center in Lac la Biche, Alberta, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. JONATHAN HAYWARD / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Chris Berthelot
   There has been many a wagging tail at the Edmonton Animal Care and Control Centre these past few days during joyful reunions of Fort McMurray animals and the humans they were separated from.
   City officials on Wednesday discussed the mission they undertook after the Fort McMurray wildfire caused a massive evacuation of the entire northern Alberta city.
   “The staff have been working 24/7,” said Ron Gabruck, director of the centre located at 13550 163 Street. Dogs, cats, guinea pigs and other animals have been cared for, with the vast majority arriving rattled but otherwise healthy.
   An estimated 330 pets have found sanctuary, either at the animal control centre or at the City of Edmonton Reception Centre.
   A news released stated that 6o animals sheltered at the animal control centre have been reunited with their owners. Evacuees who are reunited with their pets have been provided collars, leashes, medication and other necessities.
   “We have never been so proud to work here,” said Gabruck. “We make a difference here.”...>>

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