Pet Services

The Maple Ridge / Pitt Meadows ESS Pet Committee develops and exercises plans to care for Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows pet population in the event of a major disaster such as floods, fires or earthquakes.

This specialized team will work with partner agencies to set up and manage the emergency pet centre when required. This team will also be responsible to maintain an inventory of supplies and source local providers of perishable goods.

If you love pets of all shapes and sizes and want to work in a team dedicated to providing a safe haven for animals after a disaster, consider this unique opportunity. All required training will be provided and facilitated through the City’s Emergency Support Services Office.


  • Be an advocate for emergency preparedness
  • Set up, staff and deactivate the emergency pet centre during disasters
  • Meet monthly or as needed to train, exercise and develop plans for ESS.

Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of BCEMS/Incident Command System
  • Knowledge of the City’s Emergency Support Services Program and related topics
  • Enjoy working as part of a team

Training Required

  • Introduction to ESS
  • Introduction to Reception Centres
  • Related training in emergency pet care


  • Available to attend most scheduled committee meetings
  • Participate in ESS exercises
  • Take required training courses provided by Emergency Support Services Programs

Tips for Volunteers

You may have feelings or mood swings that surprise or even frighten you, which is to be expected after returning from a disaster response. If you can begin to anticipate your moods, and where the feelings are coming from, you can begin to manage them. When you have time to put your disaster work into perspective, your mood should improve. If you feel you need extra help dealing with your emotions you can speak with a loved one or health professional, or contact your Emergency Support Services Director to help find the appropriate tools to assist you.