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Animal rescue group On Our Way Home a safety net for pets

On Our Way Home unites abandoned and surrendered pets with families
Miranda Bischke and her dog Jester. Bischke coordinates the Dawson Creek chapter of On Our Way Home, and animal rescue group founded in the Peace.

Earlier this year, Miranda Bischke was surfing a local buy-and-sell page and came across a nine-year-old, mostly blind beagle in need of a home.  

Months later, Jester is a part of the family, and Bischke is heading up the Dawson Creek chapter of the animal rescue group that brought them together.

On Our Way Home Animal Rescue is holding a fundraiser Sept. 10 to cover the costs of its growing Dawson Creek operation.

The non-profit, which finds homes for abandoned, abused and surrendered animals, was launched in Chetwynd in 2012 and is now based out of Fort St. John. In addition to cats and dogs, On Our Way Home has taken in chickens, horses, ferrets and guinea pigs, and has helped control a feral cat colony in Chetwynd through a spay and neuter program.

Bischke said they've seen a spike in animal surrenders with the downturn in the oil and gas industry. Jester originally belonged to a worker in the industry who could no longer afford a pet.

"He urgently needed a foster and people were sharing the post like crazy," she said. "The guy was moving and he couldn't afford to care for him anymore."

The group now has around ten foster homes for pets in Dawson Creek, with 19 animals in the city. They're recruiting pet foster parents, and pets are only adopted to approved homes. 

However, it's not cheap: all animals that go through the program are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and dewormed—procedures that cost hundreds of dollars.

"Our adoption fee doesn't even come close to the cost of caring for the animals," said Bischke.

The group will hold a fundraiser garage sale and carnival at Capital Motors Sept. 10 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Vendors can buy a table for $20 from Vintage & Restoration Love. Proceeds from items dropped off at the auto dealer will go directly towards the animal rescue.