The wildfire situation in the province affects not only the human population. Wild animals are scrambling out of the woods and sometimes pets are straying away from their owners too during this time of crisis.
The Infinite Woofs Animal Rescue is looking for people here who can offer emergency foster homes to these creatures.
“We've had a few requests coming in … some pretty panicked calls saying animals are tumbling out, coming up very damaged and very sick a lot of them, or just really needing to be relocated as quickly as possible,” explained the society’s treasurer Lori White.
Infinite Woofs has been in operation for several years but doesn’t actually have a facility to receive animals. It works more as a facilitating agency to get cats, dogs and other small animals housed with approved volunteer foster families, sometimes on a temporary basis. Generally, it works to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome them because they are unwanted, abused and neglected.
In situations like this, the standard operating procedure changes slightly. There isn’t really a ‘normal’ way of doing this business, White said. Right now, all the organization wants to do is help, especially if it brings people and their pets back together, though that depends a lot on identifying them first through microchips or other methods.
“The best-case scenario is that we'd be able to reconnect them with their families. Many of them … they might be strays. Some communities could have large stray populations, they could be coming from there as well. We've had a mom and six pups coming to us today, which is not very normal, if it was a family pet, especially when they had time to evacuate. It wasn't like it was a situation in Fort McMurray where they had to immediately leave. We're assuming most of the ones that are coming in right now are stray animals.”
Infinite Woofs does have a roster of fosters that are always willing to take in extra animals during emergencies such as this. It needs to do so cautiously, however, so that these people don’t become overburdened.
“It does put a strain on both the families and our resources. The reason we're reaching out for emergency foster is to have a buffer on our own internal capacity. We do really take into consideration our capacity to care.”
Call 780-452-2951 to get in contact with their representatives if you want to help. More information on the organization can be found at www.infinitewoofs.com.