Animal rescues

Record year for animal rescues amid devastating wildfires and floods in British Columbia: SPCA

VANCOUVER-

After another year of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as a devastating wildfire season and historic flooding, the BC SPCA said it helped more animals in 2021 than ever before.

In a news release on Monday, the animal welfare organization said it had helped a “record number” of animals in need across the province over the past year.

“Amid the ongoing pandemic and unprecedented natural disasters, BC SCPA has assisted 118,917 domestic, farm and wild animals, nearly 22,000 more animals than in 2020,” said Lorie Chortyk, chief communications officer of the BC SPCA, in the press release.

“We have seen an increase in the number of animals in need in everything from our cruelty investigations to injured and orphaned wildlife, to increased demand for help in our hospitals and veterinary clinics.”

Of the 118,917 animals, 39,366 were helped through direct rescue, sheltering and rehabilitation, Chortyk said. The other 79,551 were owned animals that were helped through emergency response and outreach programs.

“We have also responded to families who have been displaced by the wildfires and floods by providing 12,418 nights of free emergency boarding for their pets, in addition to distributing food and pet supplies. at emergency service centers and to rescue and feed animals behind evacuation lines,” Chortyk said. .

Wild ARC, the BC SPCA’s wildlife rehabilitation center in Metchosin on Vancouver Island, also brought in a record number of animals.

Choryk said volunteers helped 3,128 injured and orphaned wildlife in 2021.

“Our wildlife rehabilitators and volunteers have been busy tending to everything from baby hummingbirds to river otters,” Chortyk said.

Chortyk added that the pandemic has also played a big role in their efforts to help animals in need.

“So many pet sitters have been impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic and we have been able to expand our community pet food programs across the province, helping 34,141 pets.” she stated.