Investing in Hope


We want to say a big thank you to all the Calgary Realtors and the CREB Charitable Foundation for choosing AARCS as one of their 15 charities to receive a $10,000 grant this year in their Investing In Hope Initiative and to Tracey for the nomination! These funds will be used to provide low-income and First Nation communities with free or low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for their pets so that we can continuing working towards an end to animal homelessness through spay/neuter initiatives. 


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

-Margaret Mead




Nemo, the Rescue Pup goes VIRAL!

The AARCS Puppy who melted hearts all over the world!

Like many of our Rescue puppies, Nemo is a mixed breed from rural Alberta. This 15 second video, posted on our Instagram and Facebook page (Thursday, November 19th, 2015) has reached over 11 million views on Facebook alone! Nemo had found her forever home and was Adopted through AARCS a couple days before this video hit the net! There are so many homeless animals all over the world, we have had inquiries from those looking to adopt, literally from over-seas!

We would like to encourage you to

Adopt, Foster, Volunteer or Donate

locally to help animals everywhere!


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

-Margaret Mead



If you wish to make a donation to help AARCS Rescue Animals in need, we would greatly appreciate your support


Dog Breeder Surrenders Animals

Southern Alberta Dog Breeder Surrenders 41 Animals

November 19, 2015 – Calgary, AB


During an Alberta SPCA investigation at a Southern Alberta rural property, 41 dogs were taken from the property and brought into the care of Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society. The animals include 40 small breed dogs and a border collie ranging in age from puppies to 11 years old and included a very pregnant dog, and one dog that had just given birth to puppies. The former owner of the dogs was a breeder who voluntarily surrendered the dogs to the Alberta SPCA.

“The dogs were all severely matted, and smelled heavily of urine. Many of them have rotten teeth, eye infections, hernias and severe ear infections,” said Deanna Thompson, Executive Director of AARCS. ”It is heartbreaking to see any animal in this condition, especially this many from one place.”

The dogs have been placed with the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society and will eventually be placed for adoption. Local Calgary business owner Annie Cole, owner of Muttley Crüe Organics, graciously donated free baths and grooming for the dogs. Her and her staff came in on their day off to groom 29 of the 41 dogs taking five groomers over nine hours to complete.

The Alberta SPCA continues its investigation into the dogs’ care. “We are very happy that the Alberta SPCA was able to step in and that we were able provide these animals with a second chance at a life they deserve as beloved family pets,” says Thompson. “We hope that the public realizes that when they purchase a dog at a petstore or online with little or no information of where that puppy came from, that they are supporting backyard breeding operations such as this. One must take the time to think about the parents of that ‘puppy in the window’ or cute puppy pictures online.”

It is going to take some time before these animals are up for adoption as many require extensive medical care, dental work, spay/neuter surgeries and foster homes will work on getting to the know the animals to ensure proper placement in adoptive homes. It is estimated it will cost the organization over $20,000 to provide the care needed for these animals.

To donate towards the care of these animals – please consider making a donation to AARCS.



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Double Your Dollar! Donation Match Campaign

AARCS is currently caring for 301 dogs and 251 cats. Over the past month we have taken in 208 dogs and cats of which a large number are high-needs animals in need of emergency medical care and surgeries.

With expenses up over $35,000 and donations down $20,000, we need your help to raise $50,000!

Heather Waddell, a long time AARCS supporter has proposed an offer to help raise funds. She has committed to match your donations up to $20,000. This means that for every dollar you donate, AARCS will get $2! If we reach this goal, she will add an additional $10,000! That will get us to our goal of $50,000!!!

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