Fernie Pets was started in 2008 by a group of pet owners who were concerned about the number of missing and stray pets in town. A better way was needed to publicise missing pets than posters on hydro poles and in shop windows. The ferniepets.ca website was created to allow people to post notices and photos of lost or found animals. The website also allowed people to post adoption notices for pets needing a new home.
By 2010 Fernie Pets was publishing lost & found notices on social media sites facebook and twitter, which have hundreds of followers who receive up-to-date information on lost and found pets in Fernie and the Elk Valley.
Many of our volunteers take in and care for dogs and cats that were found roaming around town, until these animals can be safely returned to their owner. Several volunteers regularly foster stray cats for extended periods until a permanent home can be found for them.
Fernie Pets became a BC registered society in December 2011, and a Canadian registered charity in 2015 (BN 835827684RR0001)
The purposes of the Fernie Pets Society as defined in our constitution are:
- To promote the welfare of animals for the benefit of the public by facilitating the return home of lost or found pets;
- To promote the welfare of animals for the benefit of the public by spaying or neutering cats for low-income households;
- To promote the welfare of animals for the benefit of the public by spaying or neutering feral, abandoned or stray cats and rehoming them;
- To provide a public amenity by establishing and maintaining a dog park in the city of Fernie; and
- To do such other things as are ancillary and incidental to achieving the above purposes.
We are working to make our town more pet-friendly.