Sask Wildfire Relief-Animal Welfare
As many Canadians are aware, the wild fires in Northern Saskatchewan are displacing thousands of people. Many communities to date have been evacuated and people are being moved as far south as Regina.
With evacuations, we also see a large number of animals who are stray, released, abandoned, as well as owned animals who are unable to stay with their families, due to being rehomed in public centers.
The Pack Project Inc., along with many other animal organizations around the province are working hard to secure transport, donations, food, supplies and homes for these animals. The funds raised will be used to:
-transport food and supplies to northern communities (gas, trailer rentals)
-transport and house animals temporarily/until adopted
-get veterinary care for any animals injured in the fire or that have been stray for some time.
-supply the hard to get donated items such as leashes and kennels.
-help pet owners house and feed their pets until they can return home.
Please consider donating. If you are unable to donate, please visit us at www.thepackproject.com and fill out a volunteer application to help in other ways.
**Please note The Pack Project Inc., is not a registered charity, only a registered Non-Profit. We are unable to give tax receipts at this time.
Thank you to everyone who helped us reach our original goal and beyond. We wanted to update everyone on our progress...
From July 10, Media Release,
Wildfire Update – Animal Relief
As of this morning The Pack Project has collected and delivered 30,000 lbs of dog and cat food, as well as approximately 2200 Cans of pet food, and 1500 other items including kennels, leashes, collars, blankets, towels, bowls and toys to the stranded animals affected by the wild fires in Northern Saskatchewan. These supplies have been delivered on 5 separate transports from July 3rd and 10th to the areas of Grandmother’s Bay, Patunak, Turner lake, LaLoche, Clearwater, Black Point, Pine House, Beauval, Buffalo Narrows, Michel Village, St George Hill, Dillon, Buffalo Narrows, La Ronge and the Prince Albert SPCA public pick up point. With the help of many local volunteers and groups such as the RCMP and fire rescue volunteers, these marooned dogs and cats will be fed with the donated food supply.
It is anticipated that we will still require 60,000 lbs of dry food for dogs, and another 10, 000 for cats, before these fires will allow local residence to return to their homes. Once residents are permitted to return home , we will continue to send food shipments for a couple weeks following until their communities have a chance to stabilize. We are looking for veterinarians who may wish to accompany us in the aftermath to provide service to the animals that endured the evacuation.
Please continue to share and encourage others to help out. Thank you!
WE DID IT! We have surpassed our original goal of $10,000. THANK YOU to the many, many people who have supported, donated and shared.
Our work does not end here. The fires are still ablaze, and double the communities have been evacuated from when we began. We will continue to send constant donations through the fire and a couple weeks after. Once residents are allowed to go back in, it will take a while to get back on their feet. We want to be here to support with food and donations.
Please continue to share; we would love to see this goal doubled so we can send as much food and supplies that is needed. Thank you to everyone who is involved-from those who share the posts to those fighting the fires.
We are absolutely blown away to be so close to our original goal. THANK YOU to all the people who have donated and shared.
We have been very busy getting food up north. We sent 4100 lbs up to Prince Albert yesterday. 500 lbs was taken by firefighters up to LaRonge. We have rented a 5 ton truck and have it standing by waiting to be filled with more donations to head north.
Many towns and cities including, Moosejaw, Saskatoon, Regina, Weyburn, Yorkton, Swift Current and North Battleford, have organized drop off locations for donations. We arranging pick up's around the province for the food to all head up north to many communities in need.
It is so amazing to see so many individuals, rescues, organizations, shelters, SPCA's and companies working together. Not only to get donations together, but to also help get word out there and spread awareness. We are so thankful and humbled to be working alongside so many wonderful people.
Please continue to share this link, share the media stories and encourage others to get involved. Donations of every size and ever share make a world of difference. Thank You!
We would like to THANK YOU all for donating and sharing. We wanted to update you on our progress so far:
As of this morning The Pack Project has collected and delivered 11,100 lbs of dog and 2400 lbs of cat food, 700 Cans of pet food, and 350 items including kennels, leashes, collars, blankets, towels, bowls and toys to the stranded animals affected by the wild fires in Northern Saskatchewan. These supplies have been delivered on 3 separate transports in 4 days to the areas of LaLoche, Clearwater, Black Point, Pine House, Beauval, Buffalo Narrows, Michel Village, St George Hill, Dillon, Buffalo Narrows, La Ronge and the Prince Albert SPCA public pick up point.
With the help of many local volunteers and groups such as the RCMP and fire rescue volunteers, these marooned dogs and cats will be fed with the donated food supply.
It is anticipated that we will still require 60,000 lbs of dry food for dogs, and another 10, 000 for cats, before these fires will allow local residence to return to their homes. Once residents are permitted to return home, we will continue to send food shipments for a couple weeks following until their communities have a chance to stabilize.
We are now realizing our needs will go well above our original goal of $10,000. Please continue to share, donate, and encourage others. If you have any questions please email us at email@example.com or head to our website www.thepackproject.com to apply to volunteer/foster.
We are taking food and supplies to the community members left in charge of their care. They have run out of food and are in dire need of more. Nobody will be adopting out family pets. We are providing resources so that the animals may stay in their community as long as its safe, until their pet parents can return home and reunite with them.
I hope you are not planning on adopting out family pets that people hope to come back to. My pets are part of the family and it would have killed me to leave them behind. I am sure many feel the same way. At the same time, are you only helping dogs because I am sure there are other animals there as well that need help like cats, rabbits, etc. that are there.
Hi Heather! Thank you so much for your support and for trying to field those questions/concerns on our behalf. Just like our entire first year in operation, we will be completely transparent as to where these funds were spent. The funds raised on this Go Fund Me are for the disaster relief, and will be used for that purpose. To see what we have been able to accomplish thus far, please don’t forget to watch for updates and check out our Facebook page. We would love to have you come out and help out if you have any free time. Just give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been asked on a number of evacuee pages if I know where the money is being spent and whether you are a legitimate organization. I have assured them yes you are and as such will be able to provide donors with appropriate accounting of the donations and how they were used. As you can well imagine many evacuees are concerned that some are using GoFundMe pages to raise funds that will go into general or personal accounts, taking advantage of a bad situation. I have tried to indicate that a proper accounting will be available as your operations are completely transparent to any donor.
Yes we are certainly helping cats. We have 1000 lbs of cat food arriving the La Loche today.
Amy Vitkay - That is good to know. Are you helping all pets or just dogs? If you are helping all then I will share this along with some of the groups, pages and websites I run. You may also want to consider changing that adoption part as it is a bit misleading. Thanks for clarifying. Please get back to me on the other animals as some of the groups don't allow posts unless it's for that species.