A no-kill animal shelter in Vaudreuil-Dorion, SPCA West, says it needs help recovering from a "disaster" after a flood caused major damage to more than 70% of its walls and floors.
"Last thing we expected when coming to work yesterday morning, is to open the doors to 2 inches of water running through and flooding the SPCA. A water pipe burst over night, and [a] huge amount of water made its way through the entire shelter," SPCA West wrote in an email dated August 13.
SPCA West's executive director, Remi Brazeau, told MTL Blog the animals doing well and no one got hurt. Brazeau said another shelter, Auberge Refuge Zen in Laval, stepped in quickly to take the animals to a dry new home.
But Brazeau also said the insurance policy will likely only cover a very small portion of the damages and lost items. According to SPCA West, the damage will be "well into the six figures," but the insurance policy will cover a maximum of $7,000.
"We are insured. The problem we face is more complex than just a call and bang they solve it. It's about establishing responsibility, who did the work and which insurer will cover what and to what extent," SPCA West posted on Facebook.
The post says there's an ongoing debate about who the insurance will deem responsible for the incident: the SPCA, the manufacturer of the burst pipe, the contractor from when the place was built, and so on.
"Meanwhile, we are stuck in the midst of this and need to rebuild while this debate continues and can last weeks or even more, we are told," the post says.
Brazeau told MTL Blog the shelter is "desperately needing financial help to get things fixed up." The team has launched a donation campaign and those wishing to donate can do so online.
Meanwhile, Jessica Prince-Chenier, who works for Refuge Zen, said the shelter has space for the seven dogs and 10 cats it took in from the SPCA West. But she said they could use donations of dog toys and cat litter.
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I have a confession to make though.. I tend to get my Pad Thai from Thai Express, which I know most Thai food lovers will judge me for but it's actually pretty good.
But everyone knows if you're looking for a good, authentic Pad Thai you should look to some of the hidden, family-run restaurants all over the city. So if you're craving some a flavourful Pad Thai dish like I definitely am, check out one of these restaurants near you!
Why you should go: This spot has a casual atmosphere where you'll be able to enjoy some of the most authentic Thai food in the city! Their amazing pad thai comes with chicken or shrimp and tons of eggs and nuts.
Why you should go: This amazing plateau spot serves up all the Asian noodles you could ever want! There's no bad dish in the house here, they're all amazing, but you should absolutely try the Pad Thai if you're here!
Why you should go: Not only do they have tons of Asian classics like General Tao, Pad Thai and peanut butter dumplings that are all sooo delicious, their space is beautiful! You can enjoy your amazing food in a gorgeous restaurant.
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Why you should go: This casual spot serves all your favourite Thai dishes including their amazing Pad Thai serves with the choice of chicken, veggies and tofu, chicken and shrimps, beef or just shrimps!
Why you should go: Obviously this spot serves up some amazing pho but their Pad Thai is equally delicious! They have endless options which can be overwhelming but you won't be disappointed with anything you choose.
Why you should go: This banquet-hall restaurant serves huge tables full of food for you and your massive group of friends, if you want to bring them! The food is all great, especially the classic Pad Thai dish.
Montreal is home to hundreds of restaurants, maybe even thousands really but just a few of them really are the best in the city. There's some classic restaurants that you've probably seen pictures of their stunning decor, delicious foods, or amazing drinks and thought to yourself, I've got to go there soon.
There's restaurants for every kind of food here, from sushi to Indian to Portuguese to poutine and literally everything in between. This is your bucket list of every single Montreal restaurant that you must go to if you haven't already, because they're the best in the city!
This list outlines all of the restaurants you need to go to in your favourite Montreal boroughs!!
Definitely one of the best sushi restaurants in the entire city! They offer some of the most insane sushi you'll ever eat in your life. The rolls are huge, the ingredients are insanely fresh and each one is completely unique!
If you haven't been to this late night diner on Saint Laurent, you've got to go ASAP. They serve some of the best poutine, burgers, and breakfast foods! You absolutely won't regret one scrumptious bite of food from this spot.
This spot is known for it's massive plates of insane poutines! The plate will be bigger than your face and it's piled high with crispy fries topped with cheese curds and slathered in yummy gravy. From their they top it with the crazy toppings of your choice with anything from smoked meat to guacamole to chopped up pogos!
If you've lived in Montreal or even just visited Montreal for a weekend, I'm sure you've been to Shwartz's already. But if you haven't then you've got to go ASAP! This spot is basically a Montreal landmark at this point because of how insanely good their smoked meat is!
If you've never been to this Plateau brunch spot than you've got to go this weekend! Don't wait any longer, I promise that you'll thank me for this. They make the craziest breakfast foods like their super sweet and delicious pancakes, crazy eggs benedicts and so much more!
This classy old-style steakhouse takes fine dining to a whole other level. They make massive steaks served with classic Jewish sides like huge pickles, cole slaw, and the best creamy potatoes you'll ever eat. It's definitely an expensive joint but if you go after 9pm they have a special priced menu!
This classic Portuguese chicken restaurant has some seriously flavourful dishes to enjoy! You can go grab a a whole chicken for dinner, a chicken sandwich or a massive plate of poutine with allll the toppings!
Santos Tapas is the perfect mix between casual restaurant and fun bar. They serve a bunch of delicious tapas plates like their oysters, mix of cheese and meat plates, paella bites and much more! They also serve amazing sangria and have live DJ nights!
This adorable breakfast spot and bakery is one of the best places to go to in Old Montreal. You can choose to grab a spectacular pastry and a coffee from their counter stuffed with baked goods or you can choose to stay and enjoy a chia pudding, french toast, soup and sandwich and so much more!
If you're looking for insanely authentic Italian pizzas in Old Montreal, BEVO is the place to go. They cook their crispy dough in a wood fired oven making each pizza perfectly cooked! The restaurant has a cute outdoor terrasse or a fun indoor setting as well.
This adorable restaurant is located on Montreal's oldest street and is the perfect place for tourists to come for a good meal in a historic area of the city. But it's also great for Montrealer's who might not explore these areas much anymore. They serve amazing food and drinks and you definitely cant' go wrong with an Old Port terrasse.
Definitely the cutest rooftop terrasse you'll find in the city is Perche! It has stunning views of all of Old Montreal, including the giant ferris wheel. It's also decorated with live plants, all white couches and bright green chairs giving the place the perfect aesthetic! They serve drinks from their full bar and dishes like poke and more!
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This completely unique restaurant serves up some crazy dishes! They serves smoking plates in hollowed out books, giant cotton candy trees, desserts you crack open with your spoon and so much more. It's something you should definitely try once in your life.
If you haven't been to this new vegan/vegetarian restaurant yet, you've absolutely got to go. The decor is honestly stunning and they make such amazing food it won't even taste like you're eating vegan!
This adorable Italian restaurant serves up some seriously delicious dishes. Their pasta is incredibly fresh and the sauce is so flavourful you'll want to come back everyday. They also make delicious salads, stuffed zucchini flowers, and awesome cocktails!
This awesome diner/bar has some seriously cool things on the menu. Not only do they have massive cocktails in fish bowls, they also make huge salads, super juicy burgers and so much more! If you haven't been to this awesome spot yet, you've definitely got to go.
This Montreal restaurant was ranked the most beautiful restaurant in Montreal and for good reason. Their courtyard in the back is literally stunning, you'll be shrouded in bright green trees while you enjoy a perfectly cooked meal.
This Saint Henri staple serves up some awesome brunch and dinner eats! The decor is like a fancy diner but with insanely delicious food. Try their fried chicken and waffles, truffle spaghetti, french onion soup, and so much more! You won't regret visiting this amazing spot.
This cute restaurant serves some authentic Jewish fare that you absolutely can't pass up when you're in the area. They serve the fluffiest pancakes you'll ever eat, loaded toast, bagels and lox, and much more!
You probably know this spot as the meeting place of the two world leaders, Justin Trudeau and Barack Obama a couple months ago, but it also has tons to offer us regular folk! They make insanely good food and their back terrasse is covered in plants.
This awesome eatery serves up some delicious dishes. All their dishes are completely unique and doesn't conform to one type of fare. You won't regret coming here to treat yourself to a fancy dinner with your S/O or your best friends!
The name of this adorable restaurant really says it all, they serve meatballs! But not just any meatballs, these are fancy meatballs that are literally so delicious. They have all kinds of meatballs with different flavoured sauces.
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This super fancy West Island spot is the perfect place to bring a date if you want to impress them. They serve modern Italian restaurants that change weekly and they're all super delicious. They have a huge indoor fireplace and a massive outdoor terrasse!
This adorable restaurant serves up some awesome Southern dishes like jambalaya, gumbo and so much more! They have huge floor to ceiling windows and the space is so elegant you'll love your dining experience here.
If you're looking for an awesome authentic pizza joint in the West Island, this is definitely the spot to go. They top them with all kinds of crazy toppings like figs, arugula, spicy peppers, basil and so much more!