Update on Otis

Hi, I adopted Otis, a Chihuahua mix in May 2012…..he was a wonderful little guy, so cute, a real trooper and we had so much fun together.  He was a great companion. We made many car trips to Montana to visit my boyfriend who lives on a farm outside Kalispell. Oti loved it there. We also flew to Kelowna a few times to visit my family. and we just spent a lot of time at home snuggled on the couch. He was a hit with all who met him. He was  such a little character. Our last trip was to Kelowna in August where we stayed at the Sparkling Hills resort for a night. When we were out of the room we had him secure in the big shower, but somehow he busted out and was waiting for us by the door. He was a clever little guy.

When I got him I knew he had rotten teeth and was definitely a senior dog.  As I looked into doing dental work, the blood work and an ultrasound determined he had Cushings syndrome and likely a tumour on his pituitary. This made him high risk for anesthetic so postponed the teeth extraction….he also had luxating patella, and by late March could no longer go up the stairs in our home.  He had many pee accidents and eventually was becoming somewhat incontinent while he slept.  We recently solved that with a little reusable wrap diaper .

He soldiered on and enjoyed life in spite of these challenges, but by late August it was clear the tumour was growing, and he was in discomfort upon our return from our Kelowna vacation.  He had a complete assessment with the Vet at Copperfield; both Dr Sandu’s are very kind, compassionate, yet practical and realistic.  It was confirmed that he was in very bad shape; he was deteriorating by the day.

My daughters and I are heartbroken, but we put him to sleep on Sept 5. We miss him so much and are so thankful we had him if only for a short time.

Best Regards,

Laura Youngberg

Update on Brizzy

Thought it was time for a update on Brizzy,

It’s been exactly one year since Brizzy came into our lives thru AARCS. If you remember she was one of the cattle dogs that came out of the Okotoks puppy mill last August, and well what can I say, what a beautiful little soul she is. From the first time I saw her face on the AARCS website I fell in love with her. We weren’t even ready for the must needed buddy for our 2 yr old Heeler Boo Boo yet, but I needed to meet her! Well the rest is history from the moment we brought her home everyday is a GOOD day, for her and for us. She’s sweet, very kind to her new family (guess who took over as the pack leader), lovingly shy but likes to be around people….maybe not right beside you J but close enough for you to reach out and scratch her J There’s so much more I could go on for days talking about everything that we love about her and what she brings to our family. Ps Boo Boo found his furever partner too!

I met Leanne from Pound Rescue the other day and we got to talking about our “kids” ends up she had the some of the first pictures of Brizzy on the day that she was picked up 1 year ago, my Brizzy, wow.

So, here’s my heartfelt thank you to all of the volunteers that are involved on a daily basis with any of the rescue associations that we have here in Alberta, thank you.  Without you guys doing what you do, we wouldn’t have her. Rescue is the way to go!

Super proud of our kids, Jodee and Dallas McKinnon, they just adopted a puppy from AARCS, Badgers new name is Zoey, I’m a Grandma!!

Huge Thanks to Global Pet Food Stores of Alberta

Our heartfelt thanks to Global Pet Food stores of Alberta and their customers for coming together to support families and their pets effected during the flooding in Southern Alberta. Today, AARCS and Calgary Humane Society were each presented by Northmount Global Pet Food Store with a cheque for $5,881.18 for a total of almost $12,000 raised for the animals! 

Huge Thanks to Canadian Tire!!

AARCS Would like to thank Canadian Tire at 9940 Macleod Trail South East Location.
Their continued support by having our cash cans at each of their tills, has helped us to raise thousands of dollars in Canadian Tire money, as well as large cash donations.
This greatly helps the deserving animals in our care.  Special thanks to Cory, Alex and Miranda, the managers that have made this possible.  Make sure to stop by their location for any of your Canadian Tire needs!  


This coming weekend AARCS will be attending a three day clinic with the Alberta Spay and Neuter Task Force. We are expecting a large number of surrendered animals and in order to accommodate we need more foster homes for both dogs and cats.

If you have ever thought of fostering, now is the time.  Please email foster@aarcs.ca to become a dog foster home today and cats@aarcs.ca to become a cat foster home.  Without families just like you, we could not rescue these homeless animals that are in desperate need of help.  AARCS provides everything you need including, food, blankets, toys, litter, etc.  In addition, all the medical and veterinary costs are covered.  All you have to do is provide a loving home for a homeless animal until we can find their perfect adoptive home.


10. Animal companionship without a lifetime commitment.

9. Animals that have endured hardship can really use a loving home, one in which they can get used to living with people again.

8. Fostering provides a great lesson to your children about compassion, nurturing, and generosity and it’s a wonderful, life-affirming experience for an entire family, a couple, or a single individual.

7. If you already have one or more animals, one more won’t make a difference to you, but it sure will make a difference to the animal who otherwise might not have a second chance at life.

6. Fostering increases the likelihood of adoption and dramatically reduces the chances of an animal being returned.

5. Increased “human interaction” greatly helps foster animals who often come from neglectful or abusive situations… and let’s not forget what “animal interaction” can do for you.

4. You undoubtedly will get attached but when you meet the new family that’s ready to provide a permanent, loving forever-home for the animal you helped rescue through fostering, you will feel more than satisfied to see him move on to his new life

3. It’s fun!!!

2. You get to show and teach your foster animal what it is to be a happy, loved family pet.

1. More foster homes means more animals rescued and that means more lives saved.