A West Kelowna veterinary hospital has opened its doors to pets of residents fleeing their homes due to the rapidly moving Mount Law wildfire.
Even though the building is overflowing with evacuee pets, Dr. Moshe Oz of Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital is still encouraging evacuees in need of shelter for their pets to enter.
The clinic has been helping evacuees and their furry friends for 11 years, providing shelter, food and medicine for displaced animals.
When alerts and evacuation orders were issued for several properties in the city’s Glenrosa neighborhood due to the Mount Law wildfire, the clinic’s owner and veterinarian, Dr. Moshe Oz and his staff have remained at the site, taking cats and dogs from owners who do not have shelter for their pets after leaving their homes.
Over the past few weeks, including last week, Oz said they were sheltering around 15-20 cats and dogs from previous evacuation orders due to the White Rock Lake wildfire. But when residents were told to leave their homes late Sunday night, their guest list swelled to more than 40 cats.
“Yesterday, of course, because of the fire, unfortunately we stayed here until almost one in the morning,” he said.
“It’s a difficult time because we are a small clinic and we try to take care of everyone, feed them, water them and change them.”
Oz added that this year is by far the worst year they have seen, with the most displaced families and pets coming to the clinic for emergency boarding.
“It’s definitely worse this year than in recent years,” he said.
“I think this one is worse in that people weren’t prepared. Fires usually start small and take a long time to get big, but this one (Mount Law) is pretty quick and people haven’t had time to be so prepared.
But he said they want every pet owner to have the peace of mind that they can get their pet to a safe place and that they will be taken care of.
“The most important part is that if anyone needs help, food, medicine and board, any problem that we can help with pets, we can absolutely do it for free,” he said. -he declares.
While Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital does not accept monetary donations, it does accept donations of additional towels, pet beds, kennels, and cat food.
You can drop these items off at 112-2476 Westlake Road.
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