12 Year Old Girl Helps Rescue a Litter of Pups!

Tonight I was up in Red Deer to pick up some rescue pups for AARCS and had the pleasure of meeting a most extraordinary young woman!  At 12 years old, Madison is responsible for getting 8 puppies from a rural home in northern Saskatchewan all the way to us in Calgary.

During her summer break, Madison was visiting family living about 5 hours straight north of North Battleford, SK.  During her stay, she met a lady who had two un-spayed females who had both given birth to a litter of puppies about the same time.  The owner didn’t want the pups and as they quit nursing her plan was to let them starve to death.  As horrifying as this is, the composure with which this young lady spoke of it was well beyond her years.

By her own words, Madison “loves all living things” and was determined not to let this happen.  Having met AARCS liaison Criss Gerwing from Red Deer through her interest in rescue, she made the call to see if we could take them in.  She said the 8 hour trip back to her home with 8 puppies was “definitely an experience”.

We asked what we could do about getting the two females spayed so this didn’t happen again and she said that unfortunately, the owner’s intent was to “kill” those dogs as well.  Again, showing maturity and understanding of the realities of working in rescue that many adults can’t muster, she knew that at least she had saved these 8 and recognized that while she couldn’t save everyone; her one act of rescue was everything to these pups!

After a few more coordinating texts, arrangements were made for Madison to bring the puppies one more hour from her home to Red Deer and meet up with AARCS transport.  By midnight, the 8 puppies were fed, watered and sound asleep in their kennels at Safe Haven.  They’ll be vetted, moved into foster care until they’re old enough to be altered and then be available for adoption!

Thank you Madison!  You are an inspiration and the rescue world is lucky to have you!

~ Niki Vlooswyk, AARCS Transport Coordinator

Update on White Sox

White Sox was a foster fail and we couldn’t be happier, here’s his “happy tail” …

White Sox came to us as a dog who had never had a family, and in very rough shape. In a few short months he became the heart of our home; as a big brave brother to our small, timid rescue dog and a best friend to my partner and I. As an adult adoptee he was enthusiastic about learning to play and run, and immediately house trained. And what a personality! He is happy to run, play, or just lay next to us, a true companion. Each day we walk together as a family, meet new two and four legged friends, and get so many compliments on how handsome he is. People are always asking what kind of dog he is, to which I proudly say “He’s a Rescue!”. He is a favourite among friends and family, and in his short time with us so far he has enjoyed so many firsts, from sleeping in a home to learning to swim. He has bonded so well with our other dog, they are inseparable! Thank you AARCS for bringing this beautiful boy home to us.

Every day his big brown eyes say thank you – welcoming him into our home was the best decision we have ever made.



Featured Volunteer: Amber Perry

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AARCS introduces Amber Perry

What AARCS Has To Say

Amber has truly been a blessing to have as part of the AARCS family.  She is another one of our amazing photographers, who truly has a heart of gold.

Dedicating many hours every week, you will find Amber in foster homes across the city, taking pictures of the animals in care.  We’ve seen her lay on the floor, upside down and even run around in fields of snow, just to get the perfect shot.  If she is not photographing, she’s editing, ensuring each animal has stunning photos.  Amber’s passion for rescue does not stop there, as she not only works with AARCS, but other rescues within the city.

We are not sure how she has found the time, but she has also taken on the task of designing the 2014 calendar!

We love Amber and cannot thank her enough for all of the time and dedication.  Amber, we hope that you will be around for many years to come!  Thank you for everything you do!

A Few Words From Amber

When I was presented with the idea to Volunteer with AARCS in January 2012, I could not contain my excitement! I began helping out a bit with their Spay Neuter & Return Program, which lead to a rescue mission a few weeks later in Rural Alberta. It was during a huge snowstorm, & we were fortunate enough to get exactly who we were looking for. First we picked up Ivy, a very timid, hungry soul.. Then we set the live trap for two feral puppies living under a trailer, Bambi & Kelpi. It almost felt impossible at first, they were cold & hungry, but very quick & clever! After countless efforts, we finally caught them one at a time. I held Kelpi tightly in my arms while I brought him to the warm vehicle. He was frightened, freezing & starving puppy who had never even had human contact before.. I held him tightly in my arms while we ran to the warm vehicle.. Weeks later I met him once again at an event, he was bouncing around, kissing my face, begging for treats, just like a normal puppy should. My heart melted. Needless to say, I WAS HOOKED.

Around that same time, I had also found out about AARCS was looking for Photographers. I was thrilled to get an email from Jen about becoming a part of the Photographer team! I had recently just enrolled in SAIT for the Photography Program, & was loving every minute of it. This was a perfect opportunity for me to become more involved & develop my skills, while using my creativity in a whole new way! I absolutely LOVE doing the photos for the Foster Animals that come through AARCS. One of my favorite things about photographing for AARCS, is that I get to meet so many wonderful foster families, along with their own pets, & of course their AARCS Foster(s). Whether it be a cat or dog, shy or hyper, I always try to capture their personality, & their story whenever possible. I can’t help but stalk the website to see who has an Adoption Pending! It brings a huge smile to my face each & every time one special animal finds that perfect somebody!

Even if I am not behind the camera, I still help where & when I can. Including posters, cover photos, or attending the Spay Neuter Clinics! Every little bit makes my heart bigger, & bigger! I can’t get enough. The spirit & drive behind all my fellow volunteers, is what keeps me moving forward! I wouldn’t be here today without all their positive energy & guidance. At times it can be unbearably hard, which in turn brings a lot of heart ache, but I have also learned to strive for the bigger picture, & that is the goal!

I am truly honored to be connected with such an amazing group of compassionate people.

Smile, always. ~ Amber