VIDEO: Over 100 rescued animals stranded in Revelstoke hotel


Upon entering the ground floor hallways of the Revelstoke Days Inn, you could smell the animals before you saw them.

A volunteer transport from the Running Wild Rescue service of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, stopped in Revelstoke where they left a mix of more than 100 cats and dogs. The transport brought the animals from Moose Jaw to Vancouver, dropping off the survivors along the way. Kristin Henry, Anthony James and Sade Smith were in Revelstoke from Nelson picking up their pup when they suddenly found themselves tending to all the animals on Wednesday evening November 16.

“I certainly haven’t slept and have no experience with this or anything like that. We’re just doing our best to make sure the animals are okay,” Henry said.

Running Wild Rescue ships have adopted pets through volunteer transport in various parts of Canada.

When a volunteer transport hit a snowstorm while heading west out of Saskatchewan, its trip was slowed, causing it to take longer than normal. The more time they spent driving, the worse it was for the animals and the drivers.

“They didn’t feel comfortable continuing the journey,” Henry said, adding that they “definitely don’t think there’s a bad intention here or anything like that. It was really just the snowstorm”, which slowed everything down.

So, with members of the Running Wild Rescue team en route from Moose Jaw, Henry, James and Smith had to tend to all the animals until more help could arrive.

Having only booked one room for themselves, the group had to enlist the help of Days Inn staff to house the animals. When they did, the group staff was more than helpful.

“They were awesome. They said, “don’t worry about the smell like all you need,” Smith said.

As Smith explained how Days Inn staff were helping, a member of their team was helping wash a cat in the hotel room bathroom.

Once the animals were located, the group recognized they needed help caring for them and posted on the Revelstoke Community Facebook page. As of Thursday morning, supplies from the Humane Society and volunteers had flocked to the hotel to help.

“Everyone just participated. It’s great for your community. So much people! It’s like we’re turning people down,” James said.

A volunteer showed up to take most of the dogs to a local kennel to feed them, wash them and let them run.

Breanne Wallach checked into the hotel around 11 a.m. Just after 4 p.m., she was still there to help wash the cats.

“I think we probably did about 30 to 35 kennels. And then about 50% of them only had one cat, and then the rest had between 2 and 5 cats,” Wallach said.

The organizer is en route to Revelstoke to continue the journey and deliver the animals to their new homes.

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