Pet Valu Helps Pet Victims of British Columbia Wildfires
The wildfires in British Columbia have left devastation all over the once-beautiful land. Over 45,000 people have been under a state of emergency evacuation order, and many of those have pets who have also been displaced. Desperate pet owners are seeking help for their fur-family members, as their entire worlds are turned upside down, and Pet Valu has stepped in to donate over $100,000 worth of pet product to those families.
Pet Valu is giving essentials like litter and litter pans, crates and food for both cats and dogs to individuals and rescue organizations who are collaborating to help care for the animal victims of this horrific fire. Experts are predicting that many of the evacuated families will not be able to return home for possibly weeks, and two rescue organizations (Four Paws Food Bank and Prince George Humane Society) are in the trenches helping exhausted and heartbroken pet owners.
Bonnie McBride with Four Paws Food Bank says that her volunteers have been working endlessly since the 9th of July to help every pet they could. The Pet Valu donation makes a tremendous difference, and they will be able to help all pet owners and pets who turn to them for help.
Pet Valu understands what havoc the fires have caused as four of its stores have also had to be evacuated. Tom McNeely, CEO of Pet Valu says that they sadly anticipate the evacuation of additional stores in other communities, and that pets from the evacuated stores are being fostered by staff members. He is committed to ensuring that all staff and pets in any community affected will have safety arrangements made.
McNeely says that packing a family and pets up to flee wildfire is traumatic, and the stress overwhelming. He hopes the donation from Pet Valu gives pet owners even a tiny bit of peace in this devastating time. Pet Valu is also accepting donations on behalf of victims of the wildfires, and you can donate at in of its stores across Canada, or directly to the Red Cross, who is also helping relief efforts.
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