A “failed” sitter, a Princeton resident and this semi-enslaved cat, ended up being adopted!
Even as the city dealt with severe damage and floods swept through Sunday night, Princeton residents opened their homes and donated what they could help 76 animals to save the animals.
Large groups of cats and dogs were on their way to the Heart & Soul Dog and Cat Rescue Society in Abbotsford, toward new lives and warm homes when they were caught in the massive storm.
According to a post from Heart & Soul Rescue, the animals from an animal rescue group were flown from Manitoba to the lower mainland. K9 Advocates works with local rescues in multiple counties to find “forever homes” for rescued cats and dogs from harsh conditions in rural communities.
“Heart & Soul Rescue has been preparing for weeks in anticipation of their arrival, lining up at nurseries and vet appointments for each pet, to make sure they are in the best of health because they are compatible with their future families.”
When the animals were stranded by a storm in Princeton, they found safety thanks to the hard work of a local resident. Bryce Bard O’Brien gathered volunteers and found an emergency shelter and shelter for transport drivers and animals.
“Rebecca Wegner of Wegner’s Cattle Co. has temporarily housed all 76 cats and dogs under the roof of her heated shop, while Audrey Blanchett of Everything Pets in Princeton has donated emergency supplies and materials to help as well.”
The population climbed further over the next few days, by caring for animals in need or even adopting animals that had not yet found homes.
The Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team (ALERT) was brought in from Penticton and along with a group of volunteers helped find sponsors, food and supplies for the animals in the meantime. Their team has been working hard to help other local animals and animals in Merritt in need.
The Critteraid Animal Sanctuary in Summerland was contacted and they sent out lots of boxes and all the food they could afford.
One pup’s leg amputation was scheduled to be performed in the lower mainland region, and these delays led to an urgent need to perform the surgery locally in the Okanagan, where gangrene and infection were life-threatening with her leg left untreated.
“Kindness was found again in the generosity of Dr. Moshe Oz, who applied to perform the much needed surgery, estimated to cost around $4,000, accepting only $1,500 for the work. ALERT worked hard to raise the funds for that Beauty’s surgery, which was finally performed in November 17 at Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital in West Kelowna, BC, “Heart & Soul Rescue shares.
Rescuers have now managed to charter a plane for Sunday to carry much-needed supplies to Princeton residents who have opened their homes to help the animals and bring the animals to nurseries waiting for them in Lower Mainland.
ALERT will return to Princeton and Tullamine on Tuesday with additional dog/cat food from the Animal Food and Cat Litter Bank.
Image: Saving Heart and Soul