Samaritans help rescue the pets of Fort McMurray

Edmonton woman rescues 10 dogs, two cats and five kittens

A RCMP officers offers food to a cat in Fort McMurray, Alberta on Friday May 6, 2016 in this image provided by the Alberta RCMP. RCMP will do what they can to assist pets they may come across in carrying out search and rescue operations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Alberta RCMP MANDATORY CREDIT

A RCMP officers offers food to a cat in Fort McMurray, Alberta on Friday May 6, 2016 in this image provided by the Alberta RCMP. (CP, HO-Alberta RCMP)

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — When Jacui Stordock heard that some people fleeing the wildfire in Fort McMurray were forced to leave their pets behind, she took action.

Stordock and some of her friends from Edmonton loaded up two pickups with animal carriers and drove north to help.

They managed to rescue 10 dogs, two cats and five kittens and were headed home Friday to take them to the Edmonton Humane Society.

“I know that if I had to leave my guy behind I would have wanted someone to go back and try and get them,” she said during a stop in Wandering River as her colleagues gave water to a howling Malamute and some thirsty St. Bernards.

“We went to as many houses as we could.”

Some evacuees have placed notices on social media about their pets in the hope that someone would care for them.

Misha Blades said in one home, they found a bunch of dogs that hadn’t had food or water since Tuesday, when tens of thousands of people were forced from the city.

“They were getting pretty heated up in a little duplex all by themselves,” he said. “They were pretty stressed out.”

Blades said they know the owners of most of the pets and at some point their owners will claim them.

Some pet owners are so worried that they have been calling emergency lines asking for help.

RCMP were urging evacuees who are concerned about their pets to not call 911, but said Mounties patrolling Fort McMurray would do what they can for any animals they find.

Police said people should instead contact groups such as Supporters of Alberta Animal Rescues. There is also a Facebook page called Fort Mac-Fire Pet Rescue.

The Edmonton pet Samaritans fussed over their furry cargo, feeding the dogs treats and calming a nervous cat laying in a plastic laundry basket as she fed her brood of kittens. Keaton Souster was eager to get going so they could let the dogs out of their carriers.

Ariel Blondeau said it was great to help, but she knows that many pets are still in Fort McMurray with no one to look after them.

“I could just never imagine leaving my pet behind, ever,” she said.

“Even though we helped these guys we wish we had more room. We only got into a small area.”




Samaritans help rescue the pets of Fort McMurray

  1. I cannot ever believe that I would leave my fur babies behind…..and that no one was allowed to home to get them out. I believe there needs to be more empathy given to those poor stranded pets, with hopes of all rescued, I am sure it would do good to have more media coverage on this for these poor helpless god’s creatures and to those who are volunteering to search for them. Please expand your news coverage on these pets who are members of human’s family. News media should also have empathy for animals.

    • I absolutely agree with you Diane. I don’t understand why more is not being done to rescue these poor suffering pets. They must be close to death without having water and food for five days. I too have observed the same thing you mentioned there is not near enough news coverage about the pets left behind and what if anything is being done about them. I have been watching CBC news and nothing has been stated about the pets left behind or who may be rescuing them. It is absolutely unacceptable to be so negligent of the pets who are suffering. Why aren’t there more people who love and are concerned about animals suffering?

  2. I cannot understand why these pets are being left to suffer. Why aren’t they being rescued by animal societies? The fires are no longer in Fort McMurray so it is high time to get in there and rescue these poor creatures. There are sites that list where these pets can be found but nobody is doing anything about it. After five days they must be close to death if not dead from lack of water, food or comfort from humans. It is absolutely unacceptable and worse I have been watching news casts specifically CBC and not one word is mentioned about the pets left behind and what if anything is being done to rescue them. This is 100% unacceptable.

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