Brave Citizens Disobey Police Lines and Rescue Dozens of Pets from Fire

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Credit: Wyatt Colquhoun-Rivard, Facebook; Charlees Angels for Animals, Facebook

Amanda Froelich | True Activist

Activists Ignore Police Lines And Rescue Dozens Of Pets From Canadian Fires

“We said ‘Let’s go save some pets…’ We went rogue.”

Last week, a massive fire hit the town of Fort McMurray in Canada. The pace of the natural disaster was so rapid, some citizens weren’t even able to return to their homes to collect valuable possessions or their pets.


Understandably, the the forced evacuation was incredibly emotional and upsetting. While some families grieved about their left-behind pets, however, one group of activists decided to (illegally) do something about it.

CBC News relays that a group of Canadian truck hobbyists kicked their compassion into high-gear by slipping through barriers to rescue as many animals as they could before police forced them out of the area.

Reportedly, the members of the Western Canadian Powerstrokes – who describe themselves as “truck enthusiasts who do charity work” made the impromptu decision to slip behind police lines when they heard that dozens of pets were left behind.


Said Wyatt Colquhoun-Rivard:

“It was a spur of the moment thing. And we just decided not to sit around anymore. We said ‘Let’s go save some pets…’ We went rogue.”

The group entered the evacuated city as volunteers to refuel trucks and equipment used to fight the fire.

But when they were told to wait because it was too dangerous to fight along the fires, they slipped past the police lines and began entering homes to find forgotten pets.

The men broke down the doors in an apartment building as smoke alarms screamed non-stop.


Inside, they rescued about a half-dozen animals that had been trapped for two days. In the photo above, Colquhoun-Rivard poses with the first rescue, a cat named Zion.

Five dogs and three cats belonging to Trina Holloway were also picked up.

At one point, they called the caretaker so her voice could coax one of the frightened dogs out from hiding.

“It was a spur of the moment thing. And we just decided not to sit around anymore. We said ‘Let’s go save some pets…’ We went rogue.”

The group entered the evacuated city as volunteers to refuel trucks and equipment used to fight the fire.

But when they were told to wait because it was too dangerous to fight along the fires, they slipped past the police lines and began entering homes to find forgotten pets.


The men broke down the doors in an apartment building as smoke alarms screamed non-stop.

Inside, they rescued about a half-dozen animals that had been trapped for two days. In the photo above, Colquhoun-Rivard poses with the first rescue, a cat named Zion.

Five dogs and three cats belonging to Trina Holloway were also picked up.

At one point, they called the caretaker so her voice could coax one of the frightened dogs out from hiding.

Those who are unable to venture to Fort McMurray are sending donations to help.

Reportedly, the Humane Society in Edmonton has been flooded with pet food donations. They are bundling it up for shipment to evacuation centers around the fire zone.

In addition, a website has been set up to report the locations of pets that need to be rescued, as well as document the animals which have been recovered so far.

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Most of the requests are for dogs and cats, but more exotic species are cropping up. One man, for example, reported 32 geckos that need rescuing.

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  • Valli Weidemann

    I don’t know how it works in Canada, but in the US police have no constitutional obligation to protect you or even concern themselves with your safety. I had a blind friend tell the cops to fuck off using that one. If Canada has the same thing, tell them to go fuck themselves and go get your pets, otherwise, lawsuit.

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