Fleeing the Fort McMurray fire with his furry friends

Fleeing the Fort McMurray fire with his furry friends

A return to Abbotsford for evacuee from Fort McMurray

Man with dogs and cats decides to take an impromptu vacation after rescuing pets

Garry  McRae was hanging out in Abbotsford with some of his pets Thursday when he spoke to The News about his flight from Fort McMurray.

He decided it would be a good time to take a vacation trip back to the Clearbrook area – where he grew up – after he rescued his three dogs and three cats and fled the fire-ravaged Alberta city.

To retrieve his pets, he said he drove his four-wheel-drive pickup through the back woods to get around a police roadblock.

Rather than try to stay in a shelter which wouldn’t allow dogs and cats, McRae decided now would be a good time to revisit family and friends in Abbotsford and Langley.

“I haven’t had a holiday in years,” the professional truck driver said.

His luck has been both good and bad; his two Fort McMurray properties appear to have escaped fire damage, and his insurance company quickly sent him a cheque to cover his costs as a displaced person.

But one of his cats ran away in Abbotsford during his visit.