Rush Puppy – Rescue Tail


Rush Puppy, an unbreakable spirit

08/30/2018 / Thank you to those who have sponsored his care, he couldn’t have done it without you!

[ The Fight for Rush Puppy! ]

If you haven’t already met Rush, beware, he will surely steal your heart. This young boy was rescued after being run over by a car. He was in critical, life-threatening condition and our veterinary team did everything in their power to save his life. At the time, we did not know the extent of his injuries but jumped into action in efforts to stabilize Rush. Once he was sedated and administered pain medications they were able to do x-rays and it was determined that his leg was terribly fractured and he suffered extensive contusions around his lungs and chest. This was cause for deep concern so they kept him comfortable and monitored him closely while waiting for the bruising to subside so that they could devise a safe treatment plan.
The next day, Rush began to feel and appear much better. Although he was still in ruff shape, it was nice to see his tail wag again and a big smile on his face as we spoiled him with snacks!  It was initially thought that an amputation or surgery would be necessary. However, with the significant injuries to his chest, surgery would have to wait.  We continued to monitor and manage his pain with medications and antibiotics to prevent infection. In the meantime, his leg was splinted and bandaged to maintain stability.
In the last few days we’ve seen a transformation in Rush! He became the playful, happy go-lucky puppy he should have been all along! He played with Dr. Wendy with his new favourite rope toy. Don’t worry, we caught it on video for you! We continued daily bandage changes and pain management which seems to be working well for Rush. Just now, we got news that Rush Puppy’s open wound and leg is healing well and may not require surgery! INCREDIBLE NEWS! We know how much you love videos, so above is one to show an unbreakable spirit, now known as Rush!

You can join the fight for Rush by helping sponsor his ongoing veterinary care! He could really use your support!




Rescue Pet Mythbusting(Part 2)

[Rescue Pet Mythbusting Part. 2]

Photo courtesy of Alexei Chernenkoff Photography

Written by Ioana Busuioc, August 2018

Special thanks to our fabulous Animal Behavior Coordinator Natasha Pupulin for her help on behavioral and temperament-related content!

The second part of this three part myth busting series! Read on for some more fast facts and informative debunking!

Myth #4

Adoption fees are too expensive.

Reality: Adoption fees may seem daunting, but keep in mind that shelters provide care and medical assistance for the animals present and these adoption fees, alongside donations, are what help shelters stay afloat and continue caring for thousands of animals each year. AARCS spays and neuters all animals prior to adoptions, and we provide vaccinations for all animals while in our care, this is included in the adoption fee. Adoptive families are however responsible for vaccinations and continued treatments after the adoption process. AARCS’ adoption fees are as follows:

  • $375 for dogs 7 months and older
  • $495 for dogs 6 months and under
  • $200 for senior dogs 8 years and older
  • $150 for cats 7 months and older
  • $225 for two cats 7 months and older (bonded pair)
  • $200 for a single kitten 6 months and under
  • $400 for two kittens 6 months and under
  • $60 for senior cats over 9 years

Myth #5

Knowing the breed or the mix will help you to understand temperament.

Reality: This is incorrect! If we know what a dog’s parental lineage was, such as a german shepard mother and a husky father, there is no way to know which genes have been passed down to the pup. This is especially relevant for temperament, intelligence, social skills, etc. The best way to get a genuine feel for a dog’s temperament is not to go by breed, but by getting to know the individual, read body language daily, and provide training support as needed. This is facilitated through AARCS with the intake assessment and our foster program, which helps us successfully match potential adopters with the right dog, not the right breed.  As a matter of fact, many shelters have moved from a specified breed to a “mixed breed” designation, unless that dog’s lineage is known and many find this helps improve the chances of finding the perfect match – without breed bias.

Myth #6

Getting a puppy is the best option because you know what you’re getting.

Reality: Not necessarily true. There is the appealing prospect of being able to shape the puppy as it grows, however puppies do not reach emotional and behavioural maturity until about 3 years of age. During this time, puppies go through a series of experiences, development stages, and fear imprinting periods that will shape their behaviours into adulthood. Adult dogs older than 3 years old will afford you more reliability in assessing behaviours long term. If there are ever any traits that may seem undesirable to you as a potential pet owner, adult dogs typically already have their own characteristics and behaviours set out, so it is much easier to know what you are getting. Additionally, puppies require A LOT of work, attention, and training, whereas adult dogs may already have some training!

It is fair to state though, that based on experience, any adult, puppy, or adolescent may experience behaviour changes throughout their lifetimes, however the variation is greater in puppies when compared to adults after a period of assessment in foster care or in your home.

Thank you kindly for reading, I hope this was helpful and informative!

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Photo credits to Alexei Chernenkoff

Ioana Busuioc
Blog and Website Content Creator

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August 25, 2018
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With Gratitude – July 2018


With Gratitude,

we would like to acknowledge our July 2018 Corporate Supporters!


  • Andy’s Paw Prints – Third Party Fundraiser
  • ATB Financial – volunteer hours logged by employee Emily Gruber
  • Benevity workplace donations directed to AARCS
  • Breathe Hot Yoga – Wanderlust Hip Hop Flow Third Party Fundraiser
  • Brian McGrattan’s Retirement Party
  • Bridgeland Stampede Vegan Pancake Breakfast
  • Calgary Fire Department Stampede Breakfast
  • CHIMP – Charitable Impact Foundation
  • CIR Realty – 1for ALL Charity Partnership
  • Ctrl V Calgary – Give a Dog a New Reality Third Party Fundraiser
  • Doggone Running – Doggy Dash Third Party Fundraiser
  • Dr. Martha Cohen School – Student Fundraiser
  • Edmonton Regional Airports Authority – annual donation
  • First Calgary Financial, Conventry Hills – Calgary Corporate Challenge donation
  • Giftfunds of Canada – anonymous grants
  • Heather Waddell – Matching campaign sponsor
  • Imperial Oil – Calgary Corporate Challenge donation
  • Jakku Tattoo – Tattoos for Rescues Third Party Fundraiser
  • Langevin School – Student Fundraiser
  • Lisa Makinson – Kennel Sponsorship
  • MARKET Restaurant – supplied long weekend Booze Basket raffle prize
  • Muttley Crue Inc. – Bottle donation
  • Pet-a-palooza
  • Pets for Life – Emergency Vet Bill Assistance
  • Petsmart Charities of Canada
  • Planet Organic/Bob Marshall – Charity BBQs Third Party Fundraiser
  • Quadreal Property Group Social Committee – Calgary Corporate Challenge donation
  • Sien Lok Community – 50th Anniversary & Canada Day Celebration
  • SL Grafx Design – former adopter Third Party Fundraising
  • Sproule – Corporate donation
  • United Way donations directed to AARCS
  • Weekend Warriors – Third Party Fundraiser
  • Worker’s Compensation Board – Calgary Corporate Challenge donation
  • DNB – Volunteer Work Group on July 17th
  • Shell Interns Volunteer Work Group on July 28


Ways You Can Get Involved:

Fundraise for AARCS
Safe Haven Sponsorship
Join the Calgary Corporate Challenge
Sponsor an Event




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