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[Polydactyl Cats]

Written by Ioana Busuioc, June 2019 All photos generously provided by Debby Harold Cats typically have 18 toes, 5 on each front paw, and four on each rear paw. Polydactyl cats, however, have extra toes typically on their front paws. Interestingly enough, a polydactyl cat may have extra toes on their front paws, but not […]

[Kitten Season]

Written by Sydney Walker, SAIT Journalism Student All photos courtesy of some of the amazing cat foster moms at AARCS. As the days get warmer, and spring becomes reality, kitten season is already in full swing. With litters upon litters of new kittens being born, calls regarding newborn kittens that appear to be abandoned are […]

[Facilitating Safe & Successful Dog-to-Dog Intros]

Written by Ioana Busuioc, March 2019 As of January this year, we’ve had the wonderful Sammy join the AARCS team as a Behaviour Coordinator. She has already demonstrated an amazing attitude and willingness to offer her knowledge, insight, and support for all things dog related, from fostering, to ownership, to care, and beyond! She has […]

[ Coping with the Loss of a Pet ]

  Written by Ioana Busuioc, February 2019 Losing a pet is never easy, particularly around the holidays. Pets become members of our family, and their support and comfort can brighten the darkest of days. There’s something inherently different about losing a pet, perhaps because much like children, they are completely innocent beings. To this day […]

[Winter Precautions]

Written by Ioana Busuioc, December 2018 As the weather continues to get colder and colder, we have to consider that not all animals have a home with a warm bed to sleep in this winter. It is our job to make sure that when the temperature drops we remain vigilant with the outdoor animal population […]

[Fascinating Canine Trivia and Other Fun Facts]

Written by Ioana Busuioc, November 2018 We could all learn a little something from our canine companions, like the great Nora Roberts said: “Everything I know I learned from dogs”. But before learning something from our dogs, why not learn a little something about them?! Dogs are aware of the passing of time! That means […]

[Rescue Pet Mythbusting Pt. 3]

  Written by Ioana Busuioc, October 2018 Special thanks to our fabulous Animal Behavior Coordinator Natasha Pupulin for her help on behavioral and temperament-related content! The third and final part of the three part series. Enjoy! Myth #7 “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Reality: The beauty with animals is that, much like people, […]

[Record Breaking Cats and Other Fun Feline Trivia]

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 […]

[Rescue Pet Mythbusting Part. 2]

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, […]

[ Unwanted Cat Urination 101 ]

Written by Ioana Busuioc, August 2018 All photos thanks to the very talented Debby Herold at Debby Herold Photography! Special thanks to our kind Cat Program Manager Kelsey Scoular for her help with illnesses that could cause this issue as well as helpful tips and solutions! A common behavior problem found in cats is inappropriate […]