Thank you - Aug2018

With Gratitude – August 2018


With Gratitude,

we would like to acknowledge our August 2018 Corporate Supporters!


  • New Dimension Tattoos – AARCS Hero Monthly Donor
  • NOtaBLE – The Restaurant – AARCS Hero Monthly Donor
  • Stonegate Pub – Bottle Donation
  • Bonavista Energy Corporation – Calgary Corporate Challenge
  • Brookfield Residential Properties Inc. – Calgary Corporate Challenge
  • Chevron Canada – Calgary Corporate Challenge
  • Murphy Oil – Calgary Corporate Challenge
  • TransCanada PipeLines Limited – Calgary Corporate Challenge
  • ATB Financial – Employees & Matching
  • Bell Canada – Employees & Matching
  • Best Buy Canada Ltd. – Employees & Matching
  • Canadian Pacific – Employees & Matching
  • ConocoPhillips Corporation – Employees & Matching
  • Encana Corporation – Employees & Matching
  • Getty Images, Inc. – Employees & Matching
  • Juniper Networks Foundation Fund – Employees & Matching
  • Nexen Energy ULC – Employees & Matching
  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation – Employees & Matching


  • Shaw Communications, Inc. - Employees & Matching
  • Suncor Energy - Employees & Matching
  • TELUS Communications Inc. – Employees & Matching
  • TransCanada PipeLines Limited – Employees & Matching
  • Banque National – Employee Matching
  • ATCO Gas – EPIC Campaign
  • Absolute Hearing Services – Jail & Bail
  • MARKET Restaurant – Jail & Bail
  • Car Max Canada Superstore – Safe Haven Sponsor
  • National Automotive Glass Products Ltd. – Safe Haven Sponsor
  • First Calgary Financial – Thanks for your support
  • Great West Life – Thanks for your support
  • Royal Canadian Legion #284 – Thanks for your support
  • The Wandering Long Table – Thanks for your support
  • Window Works Inc. – Thanks for your support
  • Breakwater Glass – Third Party Fundraising
  • Ctrl V Calgary – Third Party Fundraising
  • Shell Canada (Fuelling Kindness) – Third Party Fundraising
  • Shell Canada – Work Bee – Intern Dog House Build
  • Intact Insurance – Work Bee – Safe Haven
  • Meerkat Roofing & Exteriors – Work Bee – Dog House build – did all the roofing on a number of DH’s
  • Detailed Drywall – Hosted Dog House Build and Stores our supplies


Ways You Can Get Involved:

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




5060 74 Ave SE
Calgary, AB T2C 3C9


PH: 403-250-7377


Cat Trivia

[Record Breaking Cats and Other Fun Feline Trivia]

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Written by Ioana Busuioc, September 2018

Cats sleep for 70% of their lives, or approximately 12-16 hours a day, which is something we all might find ourselves wishing for as the days get shorter and the air gets colder! Much like us humans, they also dream and can also snore.

They can’t taste sweetness, but they do have something called “taste-scenting”. Though they have few taste receptors on their tongue, they do have a heightened sense of smell which acts as a stimulant for hunger. As a matter of fact, cats have 200 million scent receptors in their nasal cavity! Another fun nasal fact: cat nose prints are as unique as our thumb prints, as no two cats’ nose prints are the same. In addition to their olfactory quirks and contrary to popular beliefs, most cats are actually lactose intolerant, and milk can actually cause them serious health problems.

When it comes to communication, cats have a natural vocal range that is inaudible to us, but some research shows that they have evolved their communication to certain meows that are only meant for making their feelings and desires known to us humans! Cats are extremely talkative animals and can make over 100 vocal sounds, which is no small feat when considering dogs only make 10! What’s even more impressive? According to a Buzzfeed article, they purr at the same frequency as an idling diesel engine! Cats are also smart enough to know you are calling out to them, but simply choose to ignore you (as a cat owner, I can attest to this).

Some interesting cat-related records? Creme Puff was a domestic cat from Texas who is the oldest cat ever recorded at 3 days past her 38th birthday. Some other super-seniors include Rubble, a 30 year old UK kitty, the late Scooter, another Texan feline, and Tiffany Two, a Californian tortie who lived to be 27. In 2012, an Italian heiress passed away and left her beloved cat Tommaso all $13 million dollars of her fortune, making him the world’s richest cat. Previously, a UK man named Ben Rea left his $12.5 million fortune to Blackie, the last surviving of the 15 cats he shared his mansion with. According to the Guinness World Records book, the heaviest cat title went to an Australian cat named Himmy  who weighed a whopping 46lbs and 15 oz and had to be transported in a wheelbarrow (thankfully this category was discontinued to deter individuals from overfeeding their pets – an overweight cat is NOT a healthy cat!). Whoever said you can’t teach a cat tricks? An Aussie kitty has broken records by performing 24 tricks in one minute. Talk about commitment!

Just for fun – the most expensive wedding for two pets was between Phet and Ploy, two cats that got married in 1996. As per the Guinness World Book of records, Phet, the groom, arrived to the ceremony by helicopter, and Ploy, his bride, arrived by Rolls-Royce.

Some famous individuals who love cats? Ernest Hemingway, who loved polydactyl cats so much so that they are often referred to as “Hemingway cats”. Abraham Lincoln kept four cats in the White House, and when his wife Mary Todd Lincoln was asked if her husband had a hobby, she simply replied with: “Cats”. When the former president found out that the mother of three kittens he found was dead, he made sure they were taken care of and found good homes for them. Isaac Newton famously known for discoveries such as the laws of gravity, calculus and the reflecting telescope, is also responsible for the invention of the cat door. Having noticed that his cats would disrupt his studies by wanting in and out (not much has changed since then!), he decided to cut two holes in the door. Other famous cat lovers include Pablo Picasso, Mark Twain, Florence Nightingale, and Marie Antoinette.

Lastly, to quote Victor Hugo, famous French writer and dramatist who wrote Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, “God made the cat so that man might have the pleasure of caressing the tiger”.

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

Genie, our cat of the week! Just look at those eyes! This sweetheart is available for a reduced adoption fee.

Genie, our cat of the week! Just look at those eyes! This sweetheart is available for a reduced adoption fee.

Ioana Busuioc
Blog and Website Content Creator

Got ideas for our next blog? Email me at!


Featured Volunteer: Debby Herold

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Photos courtesy of The Dog with a Bow Photography


AARCS Featured Volunteer:

Debby Herold

A word from Debby:

“I’ve loved all animals my entire life. Rescuing them came early to me when, as a little girl, I’d come home with stray cats and ask my mom, “Can we keep him?” I guess I was convincing because I’ve had cats as pets ever since I was around 10 or 11. We also cared for school animals (guinea pigs, a rabbit, and mice) on weekends and had some pet gerbils. As a child, I wanted to become a veterinarian. That didn’t happen but my love for animals remained. I also developed a lifetime love of photography when my Grade 5 teacher gave our class cheap black and white film cameras and taught us how to develop our photos in a darkroom.

I came upon AARCS a couple of years ago when we were thinking of adopting a second dog. It didn’t pan out, but it planted a seed … I needed to find a meaningful way to help, so in 2017 I emailed Rachel and asked if I could volunteer as a photographer. I was thrilled when she answered yes. Since joining the photography team, we’ve adopted two AARCS cats — Otto and Oliver (formerly Boron and Jumanji). My oldest son and his family have also adopted two AARCS kitties — Aztec and Hugo (formerly Banjo).


My work with the photography team has been life-changing and has given me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people through AARCS, some of whom I’m fortunate to now call friends. I’m proud to be helping make a difference and changing lives through kindness. I find myself invested in every animal I photograph and my heart is so full being part of a family of volunteers who truly care about them.

I’m humbled and honoured to have been chosen Volunteer of the Month.

Thank you
Debby Herold
AARCS Volunteer Photographer

A word from our Volunteer Manager:

Over the past year, we have had the pleasure of getting to know Debby! She has a heart of gold and we have been extremely fortunate that she has shared her love of photography with us.If you peruse through the AARCS website, you will see many photos which Debby has taken for us to showcase some of our amazing adoptable animals. The love and care she shows each one of the animals she photographs is something we admire greatly about Debby. She is always the first to help out in a pinch! One of our fellow volunteers had this to say about her: “She is reliable, dependable, super friendly, accommodating, and of course, mega talented.”

Thank you Debby for the huge part you play in finding so many of these animals forever homes. We truly are grateful for all of your commitment to the animals!

Rachel Howard
Volunteer Manager