Looking to support our new Edmonton foster homes? Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:
|Posh Pooch||3803-99 St, Edmonton (south side)||780-435-3115|
|Sherwood Barks||4718-76 Ave, Sherwood Park||780-417-7756|
|Waggytails||16694-113 Ave, Edmonton (north side)||780-486-6222|
|Infinite Pawsibilities||11208-143 St, Edmonton (west end)||780-489-7297|
|Happy Pet Spa||246 Kaska Rd, Sherwood Park||780-449-4779|
|The Second Pup||7030-2nd Ave, Edmonton (south side)||780-708-5486|
|The Doghouse Daycare||10325-56 Ave, Edmonton (south side)||780-436-3647|
What to do if you find kittens in your community
May 12, 2015 – Calgary, Alta – Kitten season is upon us once again and Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) and other animal welfare groups are being inundated with calls about orphaned kittens. “In the past 24 hours, we are aware of three calls about newborn kittens found without a mother cat that were dropped off at veterinary clinics in Calgary,” says Deanna Thompson, Executive Director of AARCS. “There is a high probability that the momma cats are out there and only left for a short period of time to either go and find food or were scared off by people. We are now tasked with having to care for newborn kittens, including feedings every couple of hours.”
If you come across a litter of kittens you think might be orphaned it is best to leave them where they are and call a local animal welfare agency to assist. If they are in imminent danger of a predator or environmental threat please take them to a local veterinary clinic, but ensure to leave your contact information at the clinic and write down the exact location so that animal rescuers can go search for the momma cat. The greatest chance of survival these kittens have is to be with their mom.
Kittens who are very young and are taken away from their mom stand a very low chance of survival, even if being bottle fed by a foster parent. When the kittens are taken away, the mother will go into heat again and have a new litter of kittens. Ideally if we can rescue the entire family together their chances of survival are much greater.
For more information or interview:
Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS)
About Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society:
AARCS is a non-profit charity whose mission is to improve the lives of animals by rescuing and providing sanctuary to abandoned, surrendered or abused animals in Alberta.
AARCS introduces Rhonda
What AARCS Has To Say
We are pleased to announce our Volunteer of the Month, for the Month of May, is Rhonda! Rhonda joined our team in January of 2013, and has remained an active part of our team in many different areas.
Rhonda has been a huge part of our Education and Outreach Program, visiting schools and youth around the city, educating them on the importance of caring for animals. Thanks to the Education Team, Rhonda and Allison, our Education Coordinator, this program has seen tremendous growth, reaching thousands of kids in 2014.
In addition to the AARCS Education Program, Rhonda also works here in our shelter with the cats as a caregiver. Over the past few years, Rhonda has played an important role in caring for the cats staying here at Safe Haven. As a shift leader, Rhonda provides training to our New Cat Caregivers.
Thank you Rhonda for all of your hard work! We hope you will be around for a long time to come!
A Few Words From Rhonda
It was destiny for me to become part of the AARCS family. A few years ago I made a New Year’s resolution to “save more souls”… and by this I meant of the furry persuasion. Animals of all sorts have been an integral part of my entire life and I, as well as my extended family, have rescued many sweet little souls over the years. But I wanted to step it up a notch so low and behold, AARCS presented itself! I started volunteering with AARCS in 2013; first as a cat caregiver at the shelter, a transporter, a special events volunteer and as part of the education team. This quickly led to a “go big or go home attitude” so I got into fostering and front-line rescue as well. Both of my feline family members (Smudge and Tigger) are pre-AARCS rescues and the lovely Jozie, who is supposedly a silver lab, was rescued by AARCS in Jan 2014. I don’t care for the term “foster failure”, but rather prefer to describe it as a “short term foster success”. Jozie simply looked into my eyes and soul…and as they say, the rest is history!
I have enjoyed so many aspects of being part of an amazing organization such as AARCS, for example:
- The direct involvement with the little ones and the feeling of being able to make a positive difference in so many furry lives is both humbling and rewarding.
- There is always the hope that what we do every day and in every way…with respect to partnerships, prevention, intervention and education… will make a big difference in many animals’ lives, as well as in the communities and families in which these little ones live.
- And last, but not least, I have enjoyed meeting so many like-minded people (other volunteers, AARCS’ staff and partner organizations), which continues to give me confidence that many of us truly care about creating a better world for all of its members…and it will indeed happen!