No one could have predicted the scope or ferocity of the Fort McMurray fire. We will never forget the images that are forever burned into our memory.
Nor will we forget the dedication of individuals who risked their lives to save ours.
Thank you to all the men and women who fought from the air and on the ground to contain and minimize the destructive force of this fire. These people sacrificed more than we will ever know. Their commitment to keeping us safe while protecting our homes and our way of life will always be remembered and appreciated.
Thank you to the law enforcement personnel and volunteers who put themselves in harm's way to protect us, our families, our homes and our businesses. Thank you to all Canadians who rallied to support us in our hour of need. [Read More] The outpouring of support truly demonstrates why Canada is one of the greatest countries in which to live.
Thank you to all the citizens of Fort McMurray and surrounding area who endured so much. What we've lost, we can rebuild. As Albertans, we are tough and resilient!
All of us at Wood Buffalo are committed to helping to rebuild our community, one home at a time, to make Fort McMurray stronger and more successful than ever! [Less]
Few things can compare with the feelings of relief and joy upon being reunited with a pet who has gone missing, especially after a tragic event such as the Fort Mac fires. The comfort of loved ones, including those on four feet, is so important. Many unplanned things can happen during an evacuation, and local families around our store had to quickly evacuate their homes as the wildfire was rapidly advancing on the city.
After "the beast" wildfire had left Fort McMurray, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo allowed us to return to our store - deemed an essential service - to get it operational before the residents began returning to their homes.
Upon returning to the store, we found a visitor in our lumberyard who had decided the stacked pile of wood was an invitation to make herself comfortable. Taking refuge from the commotion and chaos of the move, a beautiful, well-groomed black and tan dog was hanging around the outside of our store. [Read More]
She looked friendly and well-socialized. We provided her with food and water and wondered who she belonged to. We were certain that someone must be missing her (and she was probably missing them, too!).
We contacted RMWB Animal Control and they were able to contact the dog's owner, who had reported their missing pet. We found out that the dog's name was Ruby. The relieved and grateful owners came and retrieved their four-legged, furry family member, and Ruby was happily reunited with her owners.
We may never know the full story of how Ruby got into our yard and survived during the evacuation period, but we're sure she is much happier to see her own home at the end of the day, and a little more eager to snuggle up with her family.
We're glad that the story ended with a happy reunion! Good luck to Ruby and her human family from your temporary home-away-from-home, Wood Buffalo Building Supplies. Come back and visit us some day!
To learn more about what you can do if you've lost or found a pet, contact your local animal control shelter. [Less]