Lack of pet boarding available due to fires and pandemic puppies | iNFOnews

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July 18, 2021 – 6:00 p.m.

An influx of evacuees in need of safe places for their animals, as well as the general spread of pandemic puppies, are making arrangements difficult for anyone attempting to mount their dogs.

Tammy Osborne of TLC for Pets in Kamloops says she has received more calls and emails than usual. It is at full capacity with a waiting list that is full until the end of August. She says she had to evacuate pets from evacuees who sought help.

“I have pets that board me regularly and that are my top priority,” said Osborne. “It is not as easy as you might think to take in evacuated dogs. I generally have groups of dogs who get along well with each other as opposed to individual dogs so we can get them on and off with less effort. Also, there are more dogs this year because so many people bought puppies during the pandemic while they were not working. ”

Some residents and evacuees are directed to Harmony Farm Kennel and Lamb in Monte Creek, which accepts evacuated horses, sheep and dogs. Patricia Skinner-Porter has been running a boarding school there for a decade. She is busy clearing more spaces on her large farm property to make room for evacuated pets.

“I have a lot of freedom here,” she says. “I get inquiries from everywhere. Now I’m getting them from the fire down in the Douglas Lake area too. And it has only just begun. ”

Skinner-Porter cleared stables and set up more kennels. She installed a gravity fed irrigation system to keep her property wet as fire protection, with an added focus on the farm’s boundaries.

“The most common scenario is evacuees finding shelter with friends or family in the city, but their accommodations do not allow pets and they have nowhere to get closer,” she said. “I have places for horses, sheep and dogs, also for the non-social dogs here.”

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