PROGRESS REPORTS - AARCS Capital Campaign

PROGRESS REPORT #7 | June 9th, 2017


We are now completely operational at AARCS new Safe Haven and Animal Hospital it’s time to celebrate!

Join us at our Grand Opening of AARCS Safe Haven and Veterinary Hospital! It is a family fun event with face painting, food trucks, raffles, cake and much more. There will be a ribbon cutting at 1pm. Come and celebrate with us and get a behind-the-scenes tour of our amazing new facility and veterinary hospital!

Date: June 24th · Time: 11am – 3pm

While we love animals, we kindly ask that you please leave your pet at home.


We are extremely excited to share with you that we were approved for the Community Facilities Enhancement Grant program in the amount of $125,000. We were thrilled to host the Honorable Joe Ceci for a cheque presentation on June 2nd and proudly toured him around the facility.

Our donor appreciation wall is almost complete. A donation of $100 or more towards this amazing project will see your name added to the donor wall to be proudly displayed at AARCS Safe Haven.


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OUR BRIGHT FUTURE

Over the coming months and years, we will work to complete our future kennel growth area and our training area so we can continue to help even more animals.

Future Work and Needs as Funds allow:
  • Purchase of recover banks for the veterinary hospital
  • (we are currently using banks graciously on loan to us by Western Vet)

  • Completion of the dog runs & fence
  • Complete training area
  • Purchase cat kennel banks
  • Expand kennel area for dogs
  • Purchase and install industrial washer/dryer
  • Enhance sponsorship opportunities

  • We’re up to 96% of our fundraising goal! We are SO CLOSE to reaching 100% of our GOAL! You can help us by making your donation today and please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!

    You’re invited! Grand Opening!

    COME CELEBRATE WITH US!

    The Grand Opening for AARCS Safe Haven and Animal Hospital is on June 24th from 11-3pm and we invite you to come and celebrate what we have accomplished together. The day will include food trucks, face painting for the kids, door prizes and much more. There will be ribbon cutting for the new Safe Haven AND the Veterinary Hospital at 1pm!

    Fund-Racer / Donation Match!

    We are happy to report that as of today, June 9th, 2017 – we are at 96% of our $500,000 GOAL!

    We’ve Reached 96% of $500,000 Goal!

    Support our New Home and Vet Clinic!

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    Save the Date - Grand Opening!

    COME CELEBRATE WITH US!

    The Grand Opening for AARCS Safe Haven and Animal Hospital is on June 24th from 11-3pm and we invite you to come and celebrate what we have accomplished together. The day will include food trucks, face painting for the kids, door prizes and much more. There will be ribbon cutting for the new Safe Haven AND the Veterinary Hospital at 1pm!

    Fund-Racer / Donation Match!

    PROGRESS REPORT #6 | May 25th, 2017


    We are extremely excited to share with you that AARCS Veterinary Hospital is officially open as of May 24th, 2017. Our Veterinary Team was itching to get going and our first patients have arrived! A big thank you to everyone who has helped us reach this milestone moment in our history.
    We are so grateful for the help provided by our supporters: From moving and cleaning out the old place to painting and setting up of the new facility. Thank you for your financial support and for spreading the word about this exciting project so that we could fund the expansion and creation of the veterinary hospital. Our new on-site animal hospital will ensure that thousands of homeless animals will get the medical care they need to thrive and allow AARCS to expand capacity to care for even more animals now and in the future.

    There are still a few things left to do:

    The following contractor/staff tasks are complete:
  • Final City approval for 100% occupancy
  • Contractor deficiencies resolved
  • ABVMA License approval
  • Installation of fibre optic service by Telus
  • The following tasks are underway:
  • Dedicated phone line into the veterinary clinic
  • Exterior building signage
  • Interior signage
  • Completion of the dog run & fence
  • Complete organization of storage area
  • Complete training area
  • Purchase remaining equipment as funds allow – we still need your help! Click here to donate!
  • Prepare for shelter GRAND OPENING — June 24! Stay tuned for more details!

    We’re up to 93% of our fundraising goal! We are grateful to the Alberta Government for approving our grant application for the Community Facility Enhancement Program through Alberta Culture & Tourism. This grant in the amount of $125,000 has brought our fundraising total to 93%!! You can help us by making your donation today and please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!

    We are happy to report that as of today, May 25th, 2017 – we are at 93% of our $500,000 GOAL!

    We’ve Reached 93% of $500,000 Goal!

    Let’s keep the ball rolling! WE ARE SO CLOSE!

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    PROGRESS REPORT #5 | May 3rd, 2017


    The following contractor/staff tasks are complete:
  • wiring for network and telephone
  • temporary copper line internet and phone set up and operational
  • pipe and weatherhead for new fibre optic service in and approved by Telus
  • all drywall, frames, doors, ceilings and flooring complete; construction approved
  • oxygen lines in, tested and approved
  • original electrical requirements complete and approved
  • all locks changed, installed and operational
  • make-up air and other HVAC complete and approved
  • original plumbing requirement complete and approved
  • occupancy of pre-existing space approved; two minor issues for vet clinic that have been fixed — scheduling final City check
  • submission of DP for new signage
  • installation of warehouse and mezzanine shelving
  • PACKED AND MOVED!
  • all staff set up and operational in new space
  • cleaned Safe Haven I and have officially moved out of both bays!
  • The following contractor/staff tasks are underway / outstanding:
  • final City approval for 100% occupancy — should be early next week
  • final construction tweaks!
  • installation of fibre optic service by Telus; expected by May 12th!
  • working with landlord on fence placement/quotes; hoping mid-May ground will be thawed enough to move ahead
  • purchase vet equipment – we still need your help! Click here to donate!
  • preparation of vet clinic for ABVMA approval and opening
  • prepare for shelter grand opening — June 24! Stay tuned for more details!

  • A great BIG THANKS to Thomas Insulation for donating a GREEN forklift for the New AARCS Safe Haven!


    Our volunteers have, not surprisingly, been amazing through this with many people working above and beyond:
  • built/installed cabinetry in vet clinic
  • sorted through crates and discarded unuseable
  • re-built dog runs once plumbing was complete
  • completed all painting, including some amazing (and ongoing) decorative work by Pat Scoular!
  • hung pictures, shelves, white boards, fixed drawers, cabinets, etc. by our new regular handyman Jerry Scoular!
  • sorted through, organized and placed all supplies, donations, event materials, etc.
  • The work volunteers will be taking on over the next couple of weeks includes:
  • cleaning & disinfecting all crates and storing appropriately (c-can or inside)
  • continuing to organize supplies and equipment as shifts continue to work through process
  • getting back to business as usual!
  • We’re up to 62% of our fundraising goal! A great big thanks to Dr. Audrey Remedios and Heather Waddell for their generous and successful Donation Match Campaigns which got us THAT MUCH closer to our over-all goal! You can help us by making your donation today and please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!

    We are happy to report that as of today, May 3rd, 2017 – we are at 62% of our $500,000 GOAL!

    We’ve Reached 62% of $500,000 Goal!

    Thanks so much to those of you who have helped bring in funding for this project. We are pretty pleased and extremely grateful for the tremendous support in such a short period of time! You are all incredible, we truly cannot thank you enough!

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    Kula’s Transformation!


    “Hey! It’s me, Kula! ❤ I bet you don’t recognize me, but go ahead, click play and you’ll see my INCREDIBLE TRANSFORMATION! Hard to believe that only a couple months ago I was rescued by AARCS. At the time I was only about four weeks old and I had lost most of my hair and my skin sure was itchy, itchy, scratchy, scratchy! My poor little body was covered with infection and my face was so swollen and sore from all my scratching. Don’t you worry though, with a little help from my AARCS family I was brought back to good health! Soon I will be ready for adoption you know, so be sure to share my transformation to show the world what puppies like me can over-come with a little help from you humans!” — xo Kula ❤ ❤ ❤

    It is animals just like Kula that we are able to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home with your support.

    PROGRESS REPORT #4 | March 8th, 2017


    The following contractor/staff tasks are complete:
  • final plumbing and electrical inspections for vet clinic complete and passed
  • oxygen lines are in and passed inspection
  • roughing in all dryer vents & commercial washer
  • gas fitting and ducting for make-up air unit
  • vet clinic utility room passed inspection
  • drywall for vet clinic up
  • VCT tile flooring in cat area and reception complete
  • internal wiring for network and telephone
  • door/window frames in vet clinic
  • make up air unit built and ready for pickup
  • pickup/receipt of all sinks, delivered and ready for install
  • ordered additional Mason panels for new configuration
  • fire extinguisher plans pass inspection
  • The following contractor/staff tasks are underway:
  • mudding/sanding vet clinic
  • ceiling completion in cat area
  • flooring ordered for vet clinic
  • epoxy flooring scheduled for dog area
  • makeup air unit installation
  • measuring vet clinic for cabinetry
  • ordering veterinary equipment
  • planning the move

  • Get this! We’ve logged over 300 volunteers hours on this project so far!


    Our volunteers have continued to be a great help to us! The following volunteer tasks are done:
  • office paint complete
  • cat area/reception paint complete
  • office desks set up and in place
  • kitchen substantially complete
  • The work volunteers will be taking on over the next couple of weeks includes:
  • painting vet clinic
  • cleaning kitchen and office area
  • installing cabinetry in vet clinic
  • We’re up to almost 40% of our fundraising goal! We have also received a washer/dryer set from one of our supporters, Neil Fifer from fifer.info! Thank you so much! You can help us by making your donation today and please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!

    We are happy to report that as of today, March 8th, 2017 – we are at 38% of our $500,000 GOAL!

    We’ve Reached 38% of $500,000 Goal!

    Thank you for your support and stay tuned for upcoming updates!

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    PROGRESS REPORT #3 | February 2nd, 2017

    We have more exciting news to share with you! The framing for the walls inside the vet clinic area went up on February 2nd, 2017!

    The following tasks have been completed:
  • coring for plumbing
  • rough in plumbing for cat area, passed inspection and the walls are all sealed up
  • sewer pipes for cat area, clinic & dog runs roughed in, passed inspection and concrete re-poured
  • flooring for cat area, vet clinic and dog area selected and on order
  • drywall in cat area & reception complete
  • specialty sinks selected and on order
  • additional dog kennel panels for new configuration on order
  • dental table selected and on order
  • re-configured light fixtures & wiring for cat area/reception
  • t-bar ceiling tracks installed in reception
  • final vet equipment quotes & budget
  • vet clinic utility room built and equipped w/ furnace and water heater
  • combo locks ordered
  • fire safety equipment ordered
  • The following contractor/staff tasks are underway:
  • wiring for network & telephone
  • installing the heavy drywall ceiling panel in cat area/reception
  • finishing framing, door frames & ceiling drywall in vet clinic
  • roughing in oxygen lines
  • finalizing electrical outlets/lighting/circuits for vet clinic
  • configuring locks to secure offices & vet clinic
  • building make-up air unit stand
  • roughing in dryer vents & commercial washer requirements
  • Our volunteers have continued to be a great help to us! The following volunteer tasks are done:
  • Washed all office walls and prepped for paint
  • painted upstairs offices & kitchen
  • built/installed kitchen cabinets
  • primed cat/reception area
  • The work volunteers will be taking on over the next couple of weeks includes:
  • removing old flooring in washrooms & hallway
  • painting upstairs hallway
  • final desk assembly and set-up
  • completing kitchen install including sink & dishwasher
  • painting cat rooms & reception
  • Major clean-up at Safe Haven I (current location)
  • We’re up to 33% of our fundraising goal and staff and third party fundraisers continue to build and work on our Capital Campaign! You can help us by making your donation today and please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!

    Wiggle Bum Bronco!


    In December 2016 AARCS brought in Bronco, or as some of you may know him as WIGGLE BUM Bronco! As mentioned previously, he was sadly hit by a car quite some time before he was rescued and brought into AARCS care. This little guy suffered multiple injuries to his pelvis causing him to have a displaced hip. This past week Bronco underwent FHO (femoral head osteotomy) surgery which in simpler terms, is the removal of the “ball” part of the ball-and-socket that makes up the hip joint. This way, the bones of the joint are no longer in contact, which eliminates the pain that he was suffering from. We know, it’s hard to believe since his tail never stops! Bronco will remain in his medical foster home until he is completely healed and ready to take the next steps to finding his forever home.

    Despite all that he has been through and the injuries that he has endured Bronco greets each day with a wagging tail…actually an entire wiggle of his bum!

    We are happy to report that as of today, February 2nd, 2017 – we are at 33% of our $500,000 GOAL!

    We’ve Reached 33% of $500,000 Goal!

    Thank you for your support and stay tuned for upcoming updates!

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    PROGRESS REPORT #2 | January 18th, 2017

    First of all, some great news! We have received our building permit approval from the City of Calgary so we can get started on all aspects of construction, including the vet clinic. Our General Contractor Lorne Boychuk of Detailed Drywall has been great at keeping everything on track and moving forward!

    The following tasks have been completed:
  • demolition of the old walls
  • finalized layout for veterinary clinic
  • blueprints and application to the City of Calgary for building permit (already approved as noted above)
  • demolition of the reception/cat room area
  • selection of contractors for plumbing, electrical & mechanical
  • ordering the make-up air unit
  • framing new walls for reception & cat area including new door frames and firewall between reception & cat rooms
  • moving switches/plugs in cat room/reception
  • quote for used phone system including installation and one year free maintenance
  • ordering new doors for cat area
  • The following tasks are under way:
  • coring for plumbing
  • wiring for network and telephone
  • rough in plumbing for cat area
  • final selection & quote on flooring for cat area/reception/vet clinic
  • dry-walling cat area/reception
  • selecting/ordering required plumbing fixtures
  • Our volunteers have been busy as well and we’re so grateful for all their help. We have had 4 volunteer work shifts, each led by at least one staff member, with two more planned this week. Volunteers have helped us with the following:
  • removing cat room window coverings and ceiling tiles
  • cleaning up demolition debris
  • removing existing carpeting and flooring from cat/reception area
  • moving furniture from downstairs cat area to upstairs offices
  • configuring and assembling desks in offices
  • gutting upstairs kitchen, washing walls and prepping for paint
  • painting office trim
  • demolishing bathroom stalls
  • For the rest of this week our volunteers will be helping us with:
  • washing office walls and prepping for paint
  • painting upstairs kitchen area and offices
  • final desk assembly and set up
  • We are happy to report that as of today, January 18th, 2017 – we are at 32% of our $500,000 GOAL!

    We’ve Reached 32% of $500,000 Goal!

    Thank you for your support and stay tuned for upcoming updates!

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    PROGRESS REPORT #1 | December 25th, 2016

    We are thrilled to finally share with our supporters our exciting news. In 2017, AARCS and our rescued animals will be getting a NEW Safe Haven and their very own Veterinary Hospital!

    The AARCS team have spent 2016 searching for a suitable space to move and in November we finalized a lease on a new building in SE Calgary where we can expand our operations to include a veterinary clinic specifically for AARCS rescued animals.

    2016 has been a tough year for Canadians, Albertans, businesses and non-profits alike. With over 3,200 animals coming through AARCS’ programs each year and veterinary expenses being our biggest expense we knew our current model wasn’t sustainable. To solve this, we identified a critical need to expand our operations to include our very own veterinary hospital, which in turn will drastically reduce our expenses and increase our capacity to help more animals.

    We will be working hard over the next few months to renovate the building that will include expanded animal areas for cats and dogs, additional office and storage space and a 2,100 square foot veterinary hospital. The veterinary hospital will give us the ability to help the animals in most dire need of medical attention with onsite veterinarians and technicians and the ability to treat almost anything in-house.

    We are extremely excited to take these next steps in providing a second chance to so many deserving animals in our province. AARCS is a driving force in the animal welfare community and an organization that the people turn to for help. We have an exceptional medical program for animals with some of the highest standards of care in the industry. We have seen an increase of calls to help homeless, abandoned and injured animals coupled with a decrease in revenue due to hard economic times along with rising veterinary prices, so this strategic move will ensure we maintain stability and longevity of our programming for years to come.

    There’s lots to do over the next several months, including raising enough funds for renovations and to equip the new clinic, while still maintaining operations and rescuing animals in need.

    I wanted to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you – our volunteers, foster homes and supporters – for all the work you do and for helping us get to this milestone moment in our history. We couldn’t do it without you! It is because of your commitment to the organization and the animals that we have been able to help thousands of animals each and every year. Thank you for continuing on this journey with us so that one day, in our life-time, we will have achieved our vision of a Compassionate World for All Animals.

    Our New Home + Vet Clinic!

    Starting at 0% of $500,000 Goal!

    Help us build our New Home and Vet Clinic!

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