AARCS Shelter Expansion

We are excited to announce that the bay next door to AARCS Safe Haven in Calgary has come available and we will be expanding the shelter! This comes at a wonderful time as we have drastically out-grown our current space.

The goal with this project is to separate our cat/small animals and dogs. This will allow us to add more dog runs, as well as dramatically increase our quarantine space for cats, a room for our TNR projects, provide an on-site adoption room for cats, a quiet space for small animal intake, provide for additional storage and training space for our volunteers.

Phase One will cover:

* Initial Start-Up Costs   * Basis Renovations Costs

This amazing opportunity to double our space will allow us to expand our growing programs, including an Adoption Program, Spay Neuter Assistance (SNAP) and Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) Program so we can help more cats and dogs now and in the future.

Our goal is to raise $40,000 for the start-up of this project.

As this was an unexpected opportunity, AARCS had not budgeted for the new space and we need your help to get it off the ground! We will provide tax receipts for all donations over $20.

How You Can Help:

  • Visit our Donate Page
  • *please put “Expansion Project” in the box “Your message to AARCS”
  • Call us at 403-250-7377 to make a donation via credit card over the phone 
  • Mail a cheque to:

PO Box 99076
RPO London Town

Calgary, AB T1Y 0A6

  • Stop by the shelter with your donation  during business hours 9-5pm Monday – Friday at Bay G, 3851 – 21 Street NE, Calgary, AB

Donate an item from our WISH LIST

  • Gift Cards to Rona, Lowes or other home improvement warehouses
  • French door for cat room
  • Industrial hose and spray nozzle
  • Extra large window for cat room
  • New energy efficient toilet 
  • 4xCritter/cat Cages can be found at the link below

Cat Cages

  • 3xCat quarantine banks can be found at the link below
Cat Quarantine Banks

  • 4 x Isolation Units for dogs & cats can be found at the link below

Isolation Units

  • Deep Freeze
  • Wall mounted TV for cat room
  • Industrial Sink/Wash basin
  • Two industrial size garbage bins
  • 6 x Ikea wardrobes for storage can be found at the link below:
  • 10 x Luxury Cat Runs can be found at the link below:

Luxury Cat Runs

  • 2 x Dog runs – (please contact AARCS if you are interested in helping with these runs as our runs are custom orders) . They can be found at the link below:

Dog Runs

Other Items in Need for the New Space:

  • Cat litter/boxes – all kinds, including pellets
  • Large rabbit cages/habitats
  • Timothy Hay
  • Rabbit shavings
  • Rabbit pellets/chews/toys
  • Pee Pads
  • Cat trees / scratching posts
  • AARCS Wish List
  • Amazon Wish list http://www.amazon.ca/registry/wishlist/1EVW3QAUI56C

For questions regarding the wish list please contact Lindsay Black at lindsay@aarcs.ca or calling the office at 403-250-7377

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank those who have donated goods, services and time to the project to date.

  1.  The volunteers who spend 300 hours over two days cleaning and painting!
  • Lorne Boychuk from Detail Drywall
  • Dav Sicilliano for the donation of a keyless entry lock
  • Dale and Kim Mendryk for the donation of new doors
  • Dav Sicilliano for the donation of a 750 square feet of flooring
  • Michael Lenz Blue Knight Developments and family for installing the flooring
  • Scott Ross for the donation of a gently used washer and dryer
  • John Stiles for the donation of warehouse shelving and a fridge
  • Mike Schmidt for electrical work
  • Heather Molyneaux for baseboards
  • Kor Irrigation and Landscape for manpower over two days
  • Mike Hamilton from Ackland Grainger for painting supplies
  • Kyle Sommerville for all your handy work!
  • Ben Jones & Star Concrete Floor Treatment for donating and installation of epoxy & urethane floor coating for the warehouse bay area valued at over $14,000. Check out their website

Update on Ladie

We proudly admit to being first time foster failures. When Ladie first arrived she was extremely skittish and was petrified of all people. Most heartbreaking of all – she was broken. She was terrified; scared and kept her tail tucked and her back turned to you for months. Eventually Ladie learned to trust; learned to play again, learned that her humans were not going to hurt her. Now she loves long walks, car rides and just hanging with her forever family, Well, we just couldn’t let her go….this girl is home!
Thanks to the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society for saving Ladie.

Featured Volunteer: Joanna Gardner

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AARCS introduces Joanna Gardner

What AARCS Has To Say

We are so happy to introduce Joanna as our Volunteer of the Month for March.

Joanna came to us, with her two daughters in tow, just over a year ago. She quickly picked up things here at the shelter, dedicating many hours to the cats in our care, and came into the role of our Cat Caregiver Coordinator. 
As our Cat Caregiver Coordinator, Joanna coordinates all of our cat shelter volunteers. Currently, she manages a group of over 100 cat shelter volunteers.  She keeps them updated on what is happening around the shelter, ensure all of the caregiver shifts are full, assists with new volunteer orientations.
If we didn’t tie up her time enough, at any given time, Joanna and her family have a foster kitty (or two!).
Thank you Joanna for all of your hard work and dedication to AARCS! All the feline friends you have helped, are out there giving you a round of “a-paws”

A Few Words From Joanna

In March 2013 I was searching for an organization to volunteer with and stumbled across the AARCS website.  I have loved animals since a young age and so an animal charity seemed like the perfect fit!   I had no idea that I had found something that would develop into my “passion” in life!   I love every minute I spend at the animal shelter – the animals give so much and ask for so little in return.
I have come to appreciate the value and necessity in spay and neutering of animals and I have received so much support and education from the incredible people who work and volunteer at AARCS.
My children often help alongside me at the shelter and they love spending time with the animals.  It is my hope that I am raising them to love and care for animals in their future lives.

Along with working with the Cats at the shelter, I also get to enjoy them at home – much to my husbands dismay – I am now on Foster Cat number seventeen!   Although it’s sometimes difficult to let them go – it is so rewarding to see these furry little friends be rescued from the cold or from an undesirable situation and find a home where they will be loved forever.

I often say my time spent at AARCS is my “therapy” – my “happy place” – where I can go and receive unconditional love from these animals.  I am so thankful to have found this wonderful organization, to be amongst people that share my passion for animal welfare and to have met so many wonderful people who inspire me.
There are so many ways to get involved – whether it be helping with transport, fostering, events, inventory or working with the dogs and cats.  I urge you to get involved and you too will soon be “hooked!”