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An evacuation order came on Monday evening for Behchokǫ̀, N.W.T., Jason Card of Yellowknife sprang into action.
"I didn't know if any anybody had decided to go out and help with any animal rescues," he recalled.
Jason hopped in his truck, came to the SPCA, got as many kennels as he could and just headed out the highway."
Card — along with his teenage child and 80-year-old stepfather — made it to Behchokǫ at about 8 p.m. that night and quickly had a truck full of animals to bring to safety in Yellowknife.
"Literally as soon as we got into town and people heard that we were rescuing dogs, we had people coming up to us asking us to get the dogs and if we had room. We filled every kennel that we had," he said.
After completing that first delivery to Yellowknife, they turned around and drove back to Behchokǫ to look for another load of pets.
It was about 5 a.m. when they got back to Yellowknife the second time.
After a few hours of sleep they headed back to Behchokǫ again, this time with a borrowed cube van and more kennels. Once they got there, Highway 3 closed — forcing them to divert to Hay River for the night and figure out how many animals they could get on a plane to Yellowknife.
Nice work Jason!