July 18, 2021 – 6:00 PM
An influx of evacuees in need of safe places for their animals, along with a general proliferation of pandemic puppies, make arrangements difficult for anyone trying to board their dogs.
Tammy Osborne of TLC for Pets in Kamloops says she’s received more phone calls and emails than usual. It is at full capacity with a waiting list which is full until the end of August. She says she had to refuse the animals to evacuees looking for help.
“I have pets that regularly board with me and are my first priority,” Osborne said. “It’s not as easy as you might think, welcoming evacuated dogs. I usually have groups of dogs that get along well rather than single dogs so we can take them and take them out with less overhead. Plus, there are more dogs this year because so many people bought puppies during the pandemic when they weren’t working. ”
Some residents and evacuees are directed to Harmony Farm Kennel and Lamb at Monte Creek, which accepts evacuated horses, sheep and dogs. Patricia Skinner-Porter has been running a boarding school there for a decade. She is busy clearing more space on her large farm property to make room for evacuated pets.
“I have a lot of space opening up here,” she said. “I get requests from everywhere. Now I am also recovering them from the fire in the Douglas Lake area. And that’s just the beginning.
Skinner-Porter emptied the pens and built more kennels. She implemented a gravity irrigation system to keep her property moist as a fire prevention measure, with more emphasis on the perimeters of the farm.
“The most common scenario is that of evacuees who find lodgings with friends or family in town, but their lodgings do not allow pets and they cannot find a closer place to pick them up,” he said. she declared. “I have spaces for horses, sheep and dogs, including non-social dogs here.”
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