Purrcy’s Sunday Scoop – Fires and Shelter Evacuation!

11836890_857468134336491_3711327624075861649_nPurrcy Here ….. on this very SMOKEY Sunday Morning……. I am broadcasting from the shelter and let me tell you… what a night we had Friday night and into the early hours of Saturday morning.

We heard about the fire in Addy, never thinking it would get this far…. Then about 10:00 PM Friday night, we saw flames way up on the ridge on the other side of Hwy 395. We knew it must be about 4 to 5 miles away but we did not know how fast it was travelling.

I instantly took up my position on my red blanket in Becca’s chair and took charge! I had to make an executive decision to call in as much help as I could. Nancy, Linda S. and husband Rick, Becca, Pat and Katie & son John, all came to evacuate.


All of our cats (except me and a few others who would not handle the stress of the evacuation well) are in these two vehicles along with food and other necessities and were taken to a pre-arranged building in Chewelah.

This is something that we have never had to do before and even though we THOUGHT we had a great evacuation plan, never did we realize how long it would take us to crate 100 + cats and dogs. Among many other things, we learned that we need more help in a situation like this.


Linda and Nancy loading dogs into Pat’s horse trailer.

The cats were taken to a pre-arranged building in Chewelah and the dogs (in crates) were loaded into Pat’s horse trailer to spend what was remaining of early Saturday morning in the safety of her yard. Our momma cat and her 4 one-day old newborns made it through the evacuation and are now in a wonderful foster home with Heather.

11890926_857468584336446_343163027572378173_nOn Saturday morning, after posting on Facebook about our need for a large building to house our dogs, a barn was instantly offered (actually several were instantly offered!).

We cannot thank all who responded enough, within about 5 minutes of our posting asking for help, the post had been “Shared” nearly 75 times and Pat’s phone was ringing off the hook with offers to help! I want you all to know that we are keeping all of your contact numbers, we promise not to call you in the middle of the night…not unless it is an extreme emergency. We hope you don’t mind but we have learned that no matter how well planned out, unexpected things are bound to happen!

This was a very frightening experience, but one that taught us ALOT about how to improve our Evacuation Plan. We may not always have as much time to evacuate as we did this time, thankfully the fire kept changing direction. It took us about 4 hours to get the animals crated and evacuated. We are not completely out of the woods as the Addy fire is not contained.

We feel so sorry for all those in our community who have lost homes, livestock and belongings to these awful fires, hopefully we will NEVER have another summer season like this again.


Kane, one of our puppies, had to come in and say goodbye to me before leaving for his forever home. I know it LOOKS like I am about to smack him on the nose, but I am here to tell you it was NOT a smack…it was a love tap…just a little Goodbye…honest! =^..^=

On a happier note, we said goodbye to Kane…one of our pesky little puppies who was recently adopted and was leaving for his new forever home. He just HAD to come in and say goodbye to me (I don’t know why all these dogs seem to like me and always want to give me big slobbery kisses!). I really do not have time for all the Goodbye mushy stuff, I did wave him a little Goodbye….he is pretty cute for a dog!

I’m sorry this is a bit short…honestly we are all a little traumatized. Next week I will have some pictures of what some wonderful Boy Scouts did for the sanctuary…stay tuned!

Purrcy Over and Out…..Oh I forgot to mention….I did NOT just hop into a crate to be evacuated with all the other animals….Nope, I stayed…. just like a Captain in a big ship…giving directions and making sure everyone was out safely….. just call me Captain Purrcy… =^..^=


About colvillevalleyanimalsanctuary

The Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of abandoned, neglected, and otherwise homeless companion animals. We provide both crisis and long-term sheltering, medical care, fostering, and adoption services - all with the goal of placing our animals permanently in safe and loving homes. We spay and neuter all of the animals in our care and actively promote, through financial donations and community support, the effort to reduce the number of unwanted animals in Stevens County. By example and through education, we promote and advance the values of responsible pet ownership and the humane treatment of animals.
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