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Prince Albert SPCA temporarily sheltering evacuees’ pets

While over 9,000 residents have been evacuated from northern Saskatchewan, someone is looking out for man’s best friend and a pet turtle. Eric Beck / Global News

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – One more day of battling wildfires in northern Saskatchewan means one more day of uncertainty for thousands of evacuees from the communities threatened. Over 2,500 registered evacuees are in Prince Albert, Sask., but with no place to go, many of their beloved pets were left behind.

The Prince Albert SPCA has teamed up with Northern Animal Rescue in order to save as many pets as possible.

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Staff and volunteers are making multiple trips to the La Ronge area and rounding up dogs, cats and even a turtle, then transporting them to the shelter in Prince Albert.

So far, they have found temporary foster homes for around 44 dogs.

“Of those 44, 40 of them were fostered out,” said John Morash, Prince Albert SPCA executive direction.

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“Staff and volunteers got to our shelter at 2 a.m. We had 12 volunteers ready to take them from the shelter and we’ve vaccinated all the animals, took pictures of them, put them in our database and sent them out to the fosters. It took until 4 a.m. Tuesday morning.”

Staff returned with 30 dogs and two cats on Tuesday, which the SPCA is trying to find fosters for.

In the meantime, evacuees are being asked to message the animal shelter on Facebook with a photo, description of their pet and contact information. The organization is currently updating their website to reunite pets with people who’ve returned home.

The SPCA is also accepting donations for pet food and money via a crowdfunding website.

Joelle Tomlinson contributed to this story

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