Hey Everyone.  Thank you so much for all your donations and kind wishes.  We couldn’t do it without all of you.  Here is a link to the story in today’s Calgary Sun about Nero.

Today was tough day at AARCS. Even seasoned rescuers were shocked beyond belief. Meet Nero, a 7 week old puppy suffering from facial burns. He is currently at the emergency vet and they will put him under to clean the wounds on his face and ears. He will require weeks of recovery and, we hope, won’t have life long injuries to his eyes. We are trying to find out who did this, but it doesn’t look promising as he was found abandoned. We are thankful to those who found him and called us. If you could keep him in your thoughts we’d appreciate it and if you can spare, please donate to his care by clicking “donate to Nero“.  We provide tax receipts for all donations $20 and over.

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  1. Alex from England says:

    I’m from England, UK &a dog owner/lover &animal-lover. I came across this article by pure chance, and it was more than enough to stop me in my tracks. Just like all the other kind folk whose comments I’ve read, my heart bleeds for this poor little chap. I am all in favour of saving the lives of injured animals, including Nero, but I hope that his injuries don’t leave him in too much pain and/or discomfort for the remainder of his precious life. Some people may have opted to end his suffering, but I think it’s truly heroic and restores my faith in humanity that he is being cared for so to the best possible extent, and that so many people are being so kind as to donate so generously. Ultimate respect to you guys, and especially to those heroes caring for him. I hope he goes on to live a happy and fulfilled life and may karma punish those responsible for this atrocity appropriately. Please send him kisses from me and my two doggies.. I wonder what breed he is? God bless Nero and those looking after him.. and whoever the lucky adopters may be. xx

  2. Jeff says:

    I am excited to say that my wife and I are adopting Cindy the dog. She will be coming over in a few hours.


    Thanks AARCS

  3. Jen B says:

    Hi Patty you can see one of the comments I posted just few days ago is a link to Nero’s Journey FB page. Please follow his progress there. Thanks!

  4. Patty Korob says:

    is there an update on Nero … today is 11/22/13 and I don’t see anything from you since 11/8/13. Is there a Facebook page I would like to follow Nero and know how he is doing… Thank you.

  5. dana kuffner says:

    Hello besides donating $ 100 I’ll do, I would like to know what are the next steps for the adoption of nero as I would like to adopt him. :-)
    Dana kuffner
    +1 7863540142
    +1 3059794532

  6. Sue & Blair Howat says:

    Just Donated $50 to Nero – Please make sure this goes directly to the little guy – I just love him – and am so glad to see all the updates about how he is doing – and is so playful & loving. Seems like he will grow up to be part of a Rescue team himself, he is so smart, for being so young. Thanks go out to all the people involved in his Rescue & Care. There are lots of loving- caring people – who give their undo care & attention to the helpless animals.

  7. Justin Navarette says:

    I would also like you folks up in Canada to know about something we are trying to implement here in NY, with the hopes that you might be able to get something similar started in Canada. NY is working on becoming the first state in the US to implement an animal abuser registry, similar to the sex offender registry, that would require anyone convicted of abusing animals to register on a statewide database, which would be searchable by the public and animal rescue and placement agencies, and would also ban convicted individuals from owning animals for life, in addition to undergoing a mandatory psychiatric evaluation. This bill has just passed our state senate, and is up for vote in the assembly, with a likely signature from our governor if it passes!

  8. Justin Navarette says:

    I am seriously interested in adopting Nero. We have already adopted a cat and dog from shelters here in the US, and have the perfect, clean and loving environment for our animals. We would love to take over care for Nero and would love to have him as a part of our family! This is a serious offer, please contact me if this is a possibility!

  9. Jen B says:

    Hey Everyone! Thank you so much for all your comments, well wishes and donations to Nero. I know lots of you are looking for updates on him. We have created him his own FB page. It can be found at the link below. Give it a “like” for up to date information on our little man!


  10. Stuart Kasperski says:

    I am a volunteer and regular financial donator to AARCS and live in Calgary. I just wanted to recognize all the people from inside Alberta, outside of Alberta and outside of Canada who contributed to Nero. I also support animal rescues outside of Canada and it makes me so happy to see people from outside our province and country contributing to help such a great puppy and cause. Thanks all. Great people everywhere making up for the odd monster out there.

  11. Cindy says:

    this is so sad to see what some people are capable of … so glad that Nero is in good hands now and I pray that he will make a full recovery. My family has a donation coming in the mail that we hope will help little Nero.

  12. Amanda Ellis says:

    Like everyone else who has heard about Nero, my heart feels broken, but also rejoices at how many people care deeply about animal welfare. Thank you AARCS, for your compassion, energy and the time you devote to saving these precious creatures. I’d like to join the line of willing adopters! Bless you AARCS.

  13. Denise B. says:

    I just donated $10, wish it could be more but I simply don’t have more money. Praying hard for this innocent baby. Something so very wrong with those who did this. They should be found and imprisoned for their entire lives with no parole possible (at the very least). XXXXX

  14. Faye McClung says:

    Saw Nero’s story on FaceBook. So sorry animals have to be treated this way when they are such special animals. Hope my donation helps all the way from Amarillo, Texas.

  15. Rick Daniels says:

    How is Nero doing I will pray for him everyday. My organization The Friends of Rick Daniels fight everyday to bring awareness about bullying and suicide prevention. My love for animals are the same. I have pet squirrels and I feed all the birds and squirrels I see. I keep peanuts and birdseed in my car. Please tell Nero hello for me and let him know that I love him.

  16. Jaclyn & Patrick says:

    Donated. Please do what you can to help the poor pup. We love him and will keep him in our hearts and our prayers.

  17. Marie says:

    Donation coming your way from Vancouver, BC. I clicked on the link above to “donate to Nero”, so I hope it goes to him, but I realize that every animal you get is special and needs help. I’m happy as long as you put it to good use.

  18. Bev says:

    Little Nero touched my heart. There needs to be harsher laws for animal cruelty. Donation made from Saskatoon.

  19. Stephanie hopkins says:


    I am soo happy someone was there to safe Nero. He has been in my prayers everyday for him to heal. I will be donating today for a good recovery and I am hoping that his eyes heal. I hope they catch this monster. I am very interested in bringing Nero home to live with me and my husband. I would give him all the love in the world and keep him safe and comfortable in a very good life. I will be looking into how to do this more but please feel free to contact me.

  20. Kathryn Truscott says:

    We were in shock when we first read about Nero and would like to ADOPT him (we live quite close too). Having experience with dogs we think having him would be great.

  21. Venice Tucker says:

    awww puppy so cute and Im glad nero is save and thank yu take care and I pray nero heals soon .God bless nero hope better all week hugs amen :)

  22. Lindsey Carroll says:

    $50 donation for baby Nero! But also couldnt tag it for him. Thank you for offering up your dollars, your hearts, and your shelter to this lil one in need. My heart aches tonight but I’m happy that he was reacued and will know what compassion is supposed to feel like! All my love baby Nero! May God give you comfort, strength, a loving family, a full tummy, and a warm bed!

  23. Nan Sinclair says:

    Donated for Nero and what a little angel puppy. I hope they find the monsters that did this. Thanks for saving his life:)

  24. barbara pipher says:

    I am so glad that you and your staff are working around the clock for little Nero. I just made a donation to put towards whatever he needs, please keep us posted on his progress. he is such a sweetheat..thank you for all your doing..

  25. Melissa K. says:

    With lots of love, healing light and puppy prayers to you sweet Nero, from Michigan, USA. You have touched my heart deeply. Heal soon sweet pup… we will be praying for you. <3 (Donation made)

  26. janice says:

    Thank you for all you do to help those less fortunate little souls! Looking thru all the comments help to renew my faith in humanity! God bless you all!!!! ♥

  27. Laura "crazy cat lady" says:

    Donated a wee bit to help this wee one out. No animal should have to go thru what he did. Horrific:( Thanks to all who r trying to show that there r still good humans outs there!!!

  28. Lesley H. says:

    I donated for little Nero. I saw him via Facebook on Hendrick Boards. I’m praying for his recovery and a new, loving home. If I didn’t have 5 rescues I would attempt to adopt him. Keep us posted on his recovery.

  29. babybee says:

    Just donated a $100 for little Nero’s care. He’s absolutely adorable and I hope he lives a long happy life in a furever home. As for the psychos responsible, I hope karma gets them good!

  30. Julie Duffield says:

    Thank you for saving this little guy! We would like to adopt him if he is not already spoken for? We are about 3.5 hours from Calgary and will come get him when he’s ready. We will also donate. Can you let us know what to do from here please? Thank you!

  31. Blaine Faust says:

    After trying to stop sobbing I made a donation to little Nero. I am sending all my love to you sweet baby and you will be so loved in your forever home when you are all well.


    So encouraging to see so many have donated to help Nero! I’m sure there is now more than enough to cover the surgery, cleaning up costs, etc. for him! I’m hoping people will understand that you might be able to use the excess funds to help the cost of food, vet costs and your Safe Haven shelter too! I see a few have also said they would sign up as a volunteer and I for one will do the same! All of us really will have to contact our government officials and work on getting longer incarcertaion and fines in re animal abuse in Canada!

  33. Allan C. says:

    Just donated. Can’t believe this is still happening this day in age! What a sweet puppy – how does someone think of doing this let alone go thru with this cruel and indecent act!?!? All the best for a full, speedy recovery Nero!! Tonnes of love, hugs and kisses from Kamloops, BC!! Al & Cat are pulling for you!!!

  34. Carolyn Reid says:

    This story about Little Nero really affected me. $50.00 donated to help the poor little guy out, and any other animal that may need some love and support

  35. Alex says:

    I hope my small donation finds Nero well. I will continue to check your page for updates on this brave little guy. I hope he makes a full recovery and finds a loving home.

    Shame on people who do things like this to innocent animals :( breaks my heart.

  36. Nancy Adamson says:

    Please post or send updates on how Nero is doing! Thank you for your efforts to help this little guy!

  37. Denise Vanamerongen says:

    Can you please ensure my donation goes to Nero as well? My heart breaks for this poor sweet baby.

  38. Dee Lane says:

    Just sent over my donation and want to be sure it goes for the care of Nero! Please keep us updated on his health and progress and please someone find the bastards that did this to this poor helpless fella! Makes me physically sick that anyone could do this!

  39. Stan Mah & Connie Fasano-Mah says:

    Please accept our donation for the ongoing treatment of Nero. We’re deeply saddened on how someone can do such a cruel thing to such a young and defenseless pup. We hope to donate more in the near future for his continued recovery.

  40. Maria says:

    Made my donation only after I could stop sobbing. My hope is that someday people will begin to realize just how much of an honor it is to have the love and companionship of an animal. It truly is unconditional and irreplaceable.

    Only a coward would such things.

    Thank you AARCS for stepping in.

  41. Chris Kamke says:

    Thank you so much for taking care of this little fellow. I work for TELUS who matches our charitable contributions. I’ve donated $460 to your wonderful cause and hope that you and everyone there keeps up the good work.

    My wife and I would also like to know how we might be eligible for adopting Nero. Any info you can provide would be great.

    Kudos to you all!

  42. Daniel and Caroline Nosyk says:

    What generous supporters you have, Nero. We hope our contribution will help in your recovery. You are in our prayers, little guy!

  43. Thea says:

    I just this minute connected my bank account to Paypal, solely to donate to Nero. In 3-5 days when it is confirmed, I will donate as much as I can afford.

  44. Randi McCorquodale says:

    Donated $100 through paypal but nothing specified for NERO when I completed it. Can you ensure it goes to him please? Confirmation number3PY50087BL751644T

  45. Karl Mangaliman says:

    Just donated $25 for Nero. It’s not much, but I’m sure it will be put to good use. God bless Nero and AARCS!

  46. Louise and Don Last says:

    Made a donation to Nero through Paypal. Your organization is truly made up of angels . Thumbs up to the workers at the site who found him you guys are angels too!!!!

  47. Melanie McLeod says:

    I would also like to donate to poor little Nero too. My love and prayers go out to this poor little guy. I appreciate the volunteers who helped him and other vulnerable animals.

  48. Jen B says:

    Hi Ayla you can send a cheque made out to Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society to PO Box 99076 RPO London Town, Calgary, Alberta T1Y 0A6. Thanks very much for your support!

  49. David Michael Truman says:

    Just made a donation for Nero via Paypal. Hope it helps.
    Please post updates on his recovery.

  50. Leeanne says:

    Just Donated 40.00 to Nero.. My heart just breaks for this little one, have 3 sweet babies of my own and I just can’t imagine the pain and suffering this guy is going thru… Prayers for you Nero

  51. Susan says:

    Come on Nero we are rooting for you xoxoxo. They say there is a special place in heaven for those that rescue animals and work so hard to save them from such horrible events in their sweet little lives. I just hope there is also a “special place south of heaven” that allows for justice for the sick demented people who are capable of being so sickly evil to such sweet animals. We are all praying for you little Nero, you are in loving hands now little one, god bless xoxoxo

  52. Theresa says:

    Please find who ever is responsible for this heinous cowardly act. It is common knowledge that these perpetrators escalate from defenseless animal cruelty to human cruelty. Since this is not the first of this kind of incident in your area, the police need to catch these cowards before this escalates, for everyone’s peace of mind in the Calgary area.

  53. Tracey says:

    Please first put my donation towards Nero, if costs have now been covered please put towards any other animal that needs care….Wishing Nero a speedy recovery and that he goes to a very loving home, no animal deserves this!!!

  54. Allan O says:

    Just donated as well, i wish i could give all of the poor animals out there more, they deserve to be loved the way they love us. I just have to believe that Karma will get the person that did this to the poor animal. I pray for Nero’s speedy recovery, spending you big hugs and slobbery kisses!!!

  55. Shantell says:

    Just left a small donation for you guys to use in whichever way you need to keep operating. Thank you for all that you do! Sorry I couldn’t give more.

  56. Janet says:

    Made a donation and bought 2 calendars. Nero is adorable and it is so sad someone could hurt an animal like that :(

  57. Jacquie says:

    It makes me sick that a person could commit such a deliberate and cruel act to an innocent tiny animal. I hope they can find out who did it. We that Nero pulls through.

  58. Wendy says:

    Just donated $50 for poor little Nero. It broke my heart and I had tears in my eyes when I first read the article. I hope he recovers well without any obstacles. Please send updates, I would love to hear how his recovery is doing. Also, I didn’t see a spot for comments on my donation, please make sure it goes to his recovery.

  59. Marjie, CodeeBear, Jim says:

    Only by way of the Calgary Sun Newspaper were we made aware of this heartbreaking story on Nero. We too have just now made a donation to his care and recovery. We will think of him often and wish him well and to all the Staff at AARCS keep up the excellent work. These animals would be lost without YOU as caregivers.

  60. Leah says:

    Just read the article on Nero. So sad and disturbing. I just donated 100.00 please use it for any dog in need.

  61. T. Begin says:

    Both myself and my co-worker Krista have donated $100 each to help Nero get the medical care needed to get him well.

    We sincerely hope he finds love and happiness in a forever home.

  62. Tracet says:

    I would be happy to donate to Nero”s recovery process as well as be interviewed to become his foster or adoption family.

  63. Misty says:

    Just donated $30 for Nero, forgot to put in the message box that it was for him. I don’t know how anyone could do such a horrendous act to such a sweet and innocent puppy, or any animal for that matter! Thank you so much for doing what you guys do, keep up the fantastic work!!!

  64. L. Tsang says:

    I just donated $50 towards Nero’s care PayPal but there isn’t a comment section for me to specify the designation. It’s a small amount but I hope more people will join in. I feel sick to the stomach when I read about the little guy’s ordeal. Thx for taking care of him.

  65. Beatriz Membrillo says:

    Hi, I just donate $50 for Nero, I hope this little angel will recover soon. Thanks for help him!

  66. jamie says:

    Are you going to be looking for him to be adpoted once the little guy is recovered and emotinally ready for a loving family?
    I am interested in giving him a loving home.

  67. Ryan says:

    Poor little Nero, speedy recovery little buddy! I hope they catch the scum that did this.

    My wife and I would love to adopt Nero!!!!!

  68. Anna Foley says:

    Happy to help. We just donated $100 but there was no link to donate specifically to Nero. Please add this donation to Nero’s care.

  69. Brian Ponto says:

    I will donate $50 but also would love to adopt this pup and give it a loving home he deserves. Please show me how i can adopt this bundle of joy

  70. Tara Marsh says:

    I also just made a donation through pay-pal. I would like it to go towards Nero’s care. I cannot believe someone could do something so cruel to that poor innocent puppy.

  71. Dr. Steve Petrone says:

    Poor Nero, how horrifically abusive of our fellow man.

    Donation made towards Nero’s care and recovery. I am happy to cover whatever is required medically. I would happily look to adopt Nero into a safe and happy home if possible. Thank-you AARCS and to the folks who brought Nero for care.

  72. Mike says:

    My heart is breaking… I just donated towards the care of Nero. What a cute little guy, what “thing” could ever do such an act towards an innocent anmial?

  73. Karen says:

    Thank you to all of you angels who are taking wonderful care of this poor, helpless, innocent puppy. I cried so hard when I saw the report on the CTV news. I have no idea what kind of person could do such a thing. I gave both of my beloved rescue dogs a hug and came to make a donation to little Nero. Our prayers are with you all, especially Nero!!!

  74. Brenda Murphy says:

    Just donated $50 for Nero’s recovery! She touched my soul when she slept in my arms today! I pray for a speedy recovery!!!

  75. Kendra says:

    I also just donated $50, please put it towards Nero’s recovery. I am horrified about what happened. I love animals so much. I hope they catch who did it and I hope Nero finds a loving home.

  76. Delaney says:

    I just donated to this sweet puppy and will pray for him to get better quickly and find loving people who can show him the world isn’t as cruel as he’s been made to believe. Get better buddy!

  77. R. Mac says:

    Just made a donation to Nero from down here in Ontario. I spent 32 years as a front line Police Officer and prior to that as a Field soldier in the Canadian Army for 10 years. I thought I had seen it all till this savage sadistic act against one of God’s innocent creatures caught my attention. Brought tears to my eyes.

  78. John Tucker says:

    50 Dollars for Nero just came your way. I am horrified at what I have read. This poor little dog. My wife and I speak for all those who can’t. Thank you for all your work AARCS

  79. Mark Pedrosa says:

    Just donated. What a painful case. Thank you for your all your hard work. Please keep us updated on the little guy’s progress.

  80. Darlene says:

    I just donated to Nero’s care but you can use it for any abused or injured animal. To the Vet taking care of him could you please give him a BIG hug and kiss from me.

  81. Melissa Parcels says:

    Just donated $40.00 to Nero- also looking into volunteering! He has so much love coming his way he’ll pull through in fine style. Keep us posted on his recovery–thanks!!

  82. Yuko S-Hansen says:

    Just made a donation. Please use it to care for Nero. This was my first time donating to AARCS and not sure if tax receipt is coming via mail or email. Once I fully understand their process I will contribute more.

  83. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for posting an updated picture of Nero, it’s great to see his eyes! Our family was inspired to donate $50.00 toward his care through paypal. Please post his pic updates to your facebook so that I may share them with our friends and hope that we may inspire them to donate to his care as well. Thank you to AARCS for doing precious work for animals in Alberta.

  84. Jen B says:

    Hey Everyone! Thank you so much for donating to this little guy. I love that this has reached across Canada and to our supporters in the United States! It is because of people just like you that AARCS is able to help many animals in need!

  85. Felesha says:

    Hi, I just made a $50.00 dollar donation … Via PayPal. I couldn’t leave a message but can this money please go to Nero please.

  86. Bridget Wilson says:

    Hi Jen

    Via Paypal I donated $50 but was not able to tag it for NERO’s care. I couldn’t find the option :(

    Please ensure it will be used for his care!!!

    Also I would like to be notified when Nero is ready for adoption as he deserves all the love in this world. Please contact me when he can be visited.

    Thank you so much for all you do!!!

    Bridget W.

  87. Adam M says:

    I donated 25 for Nero, but forgot to mention in the note it was for him. Please do your best to ensure that money helps the little guy. Thanks for the great work.

  88. Blair says:

    Can you please insure that my donation goes to Nero! I am still teary eyed by this. Thank you guys for all you do!!!!

  89. Carmelle says:

    Hi ! I also donated but would like it to go to little Nero!!!

    Please let me know you got the donation my phone kinda cut out but should be there ! Thanks :)

    Hope that little guy heals fast !!

  90. Julide Peace says:


    I just donated $30 but missed the message part – if possible I would like it to go to Nero – or whichever animal needs it most. Thank you so much for the work you do.

  91. Carman says:

    I just donated $21, but didn’t see a spot for the message “For Nero” can you please make sure that my donation goes to his treatment? Thank you!

  92. Janet Ralph says:

    How can someone do this awful thing to this puppy i myself have rescued 3 dogs and if the city would permit i would rescue a lot more. I am a responsible owner i have all my dogs neutered or spayed and all the shots

  93. Kristine Skeels says:

    I also just made a donation through Paypal but I also did not see a space for a comment or message. Please ensure my donation goes straight to Nero’s care. Please keep us posted on his progress!

  94. Kelly says:

    I just donated 100 dollars for Nero! I also filled out an adoption application for him/her. I would love to be apart of the recovery!

  95. corinne foster says:

    I just donated 200 dollars specifically for Nero. How can I be sure this is used for Nero? Please let me know. Thank you

  96. Vajini says:

    Thanx Jen!
    So I donated 30$ and I thought there will be a comment box at the end but after the final click I did not find a comment box so I think the donation went on general. Will u be able to donate it to Niro? I felt really sorry when I saw the puppy and wanted to help him in any way I can

  97. Jen B says:

    Hi Vajini, once you have almost completed your donation you will see a spot for a message. In there you can say “for Nero”. Thanks so much for your support!

  98. Jason hogan says:

    Just donated $30 all the way from Burlington, Ontario! Please send me updates via email in regards to this little guy!

  99. Jen B says:

    Jennifer Snow, please just use the donate button located in the top right corner of the home page. Thanks very much for your support!

  100. Stuart Kasperski says:

    Hi, I just sent $50 for Nero, but forgot to tag the donation for this particular situation. Thanks.

  101. Jen B says:

    Hi Shanda, please click on the donate button right on the home page, top right and it will take you to a couple different ways to send us a payment. If you have trouble finding it, please email me at jen@aarcs.ca and I will guide you through with screen shots. Thanks very much!!

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