Red Deer SPCA animal care manager Amy Corpe holds Jax in a cat room at the SPCA on Friday. Jax is one of 41 cats and 10 rabbits dropped off at the SPCA in Red Deer Thursday that have been evacuated from Fort McMurray. All but eight of the cats have been identified and the owners have been located. Along with these 51 animals

Red Deer SPCA animal care manager Amy Corpe holds Jax in a cat room at the SPCA on Friday. Jax is one of 41 cats and 10 rabbits dropped off at the SPCA in Red Deer Thursday that have been evacuated from Fort McMurray. All but eight of the cats have been identified and the owners have been located. Along with these 51 animals

Red Deer SPCA taking in pets from Fort McMurray

Red Deer & District SPCA is caring for 51 more pets evacuated from Fort McMurray.

Red Deer & District SPCA is caring for 51 more pets evacuated from Fort McMurray.

The 41 cats and 10 rabbits arrived at the SPCA Thursday night after the Fort McMurray People and Animal Reunion Centre in Edmonton closed and pets were dispersed to other SPCA’s and Humane Societies.

The Red Deer SPCA already has 30 dogs, cats and reptiles from Fort McMurray whose owners brought them in for emergency boarding.

Tara Hellewell, executive director of Red Deer & District SPCA, said the newest arrivals look a little bewildered after being moved again.

“I think they’re all taking it in stride which is really good. They all appear healthy,” Hellewell said on Friday.

She said every effort is being made to find the owners. Many of them did not have a collar or microchip or tattoo and that makes it harder to connect them to their families.

At some point they will be put up for adoption if no one can be found. Two pets have already been surrendered to the SPCA, she said.

“Some of them may end up making that difficult decision. If they’ve lost their home to fire, they could be looking at a six to eight month rebuild. Finding a temporary location that will accept an animal can be challenging.”

The local SPCA will soon have a link on their website to photos of the pets.

Hellewell said SPCAs and Humane Societies have worked well together and supported each other in any way they could to save the Fort McMurray pets.

Red Deer SPCA has been working to get its shelter space ready for pets rescued from the wildfire and was also invited to send one worker to Fort McMurray to help evacuate stranded pets.

The local SPCA has no more room to accept any more donations of food or pet supplies, but is looking for cash donations or gift cards to PetSmart to assist with pet care.

“Taking care of 80 animals is a big burden for our shelter. The cost of care is going to be high.”

The SPCA is open Saturday and Sunday to accept donations but is closed on Victoria Day. Donations can also be made at online at www.reddeerspca.com.

szielinski@bprda.wpengine.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

This Dec. 2, 2020, file photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows vials of the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Johnson & Johnson via AP
What you need to know about Johnson & Johnson’s approved single-dose vaccine

Canada added a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine to its pandemic-fighting arsenal on Friday,… Continue reading

FILE - This March 20, 2018, file photo shows the YouTube app on an iPad in Baltimore. YouTube on Friday, March 5, 2021, said it has removed five channels run by Myanmar’s military for violating its community guidelines and terms of service. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
YouTube cancels Myanmar military-run channels, pulls videos

YouTube monitoring the situation for any content that might violate rules

Statistics Canada’s offices in Ottawa are shown on Friday, March 8, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Canada posts $1.4B trade surplus for January, first surplus since May 2019

Total imports increased in January to $49.8 billion

The wreckage of a fatal crash involving a semi-truck and the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team bus near Tisdale, Sask., is seen on Saturday, April, 7, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Court to hear arguments on delay in Broncos lawsuit for proposed class action

11 lawsuits have been filed by victims and their families

Bryson, six, and Mara, eight, play with puppies from Dogs With Wings Saturday. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
WATCH: Dogs With Wings introduces Red Deer program

A program that trains puppies to be certified service, autism, facility and… Continue reading

Team Canada third John Morris follows as second Carter Rycroft (right) and lead Nolan Thiessen (left) sweep his rock during round robin competition against Team Newfoundland and Labrador at the Brier curling championship, Wednesday, March 9, 2016 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Champions at The Brier list

Brier champions since the inception of the Canadian men’s curling championship in… Continue reading

FILE - This Jan. 22, 2013 file photo shows Martin Bashir at the EA SimCity Learn. Build. Create. Inauguration After-Party, in Washington. British police said Thursday March 4, 2021, that they will not launch a criminal investigation into the journalist Martin Bashir over his 1995 interview with the late Princess Diana. (Photo by Nick Wass/Invision/AP, File)
UK police won’t probe journalist over 1995 Diana interview

Diana’s brother alleged Bashir used false documents to convince Diana

Dillon Dube scores hat trick for Flames in 7-3 win over Senators

Dillon Dube scores hat trick for Flames in 7-3 win over Senators

Walter Gretzky father of hockey hall-of-famer Wayne Gretzky waves to fans as the Buffalo Sabres play against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky, father of the Great One, dies at 82

Walter Gretzky, father of the Great One, dies at 82

Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp gives instructions during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Thursday, March 4, 2021. (Phil Noble, Pool via AP)
Liverpool slumps to historic 5th straight loss at Anfield

Liverpool slumps to historic 5th straight loss at Anfield

Philadelphia Flyers' Sean Couturier (14) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry (35) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 4, 2021, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Flyers rally from early deficit to stun Penguins 4-3

Flyers rally from early deficit to stun Penguins 4-3

Most Read