Recent cases of distemper in Alberta remind us how important it is to consult with your veterinary professional to ensure your animal’s vaccinations are up-to-date.

Distemper is a highly contagious and deadly airborne virus. It can be transmitted by dogs exposed to the virus, even if they are not showing symptoms. Here is a link with more information on distemper or talk to your veterinarian if you have concerns.

Staff Announcement: New Dog Program Manager

We are pleased to announce that Nikki Dokken will be starting at AARCS as the new Dog Program manager, replacing Shaylene Jones. Nikki comes to us with a wealth of knowledge in the animal welfare world, including time spent at the Edmonton Humane Society and the MEOW Foundation. Her professional experience in the non-profit sectors includes program management and animal science.

Nikki has over 7 years of experience in the non-profit and rescue world and is committed to a career path working with animals. Nikki will be responsible for overseeing the entire Dog Program, including dog intake, management of the dog foster homes and volunteer Dog Foster Home Coordinators (new), SNAP – dog, behavioural team, oversee dog medical. Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Nikki to her new position.

Nikki’s official first day is April 13th, 2015.

AARCS Edmonton Is Officially Up and Running

AARCS is excited to announce that we now have a formal operations team in the Edmonton area. Our expansion to Edmonton includes having donation drop off points available, volunteer positions available and foster homes in the area. Although we have had foster homes and volunteers around the province for several years now, expanding our operation formally is a great opportunity for AARCS to have more adoptable animals available province-wide for people looking to adopt, to be able to use our resources to assist the rural areas and surrounding First Nations communities, and to have opportunities available for anyone interested in volunteering in and around the Edmonton area. For more information please visit our website or email