Letter from his Adoptive Family!
~ Sophie, Adoptive Mom!
~ Sophie, Adoptive Mom!
BREAKING NEWS! This just in! Litter-ally
You know that feeling when you win the big lottery… Well we don’t either, but the very next best thing to winning the lottery is to rescue eight puppies from the freezing cold!! Late yesterday, AARCS got a call about some very young puppies and a skinny mom living underneath a step. These puppies are only about five days old.
When our AARCS Rescue Crew found them, they were all shivering from the cold. They put them in a warm crate with blankets inside the truck within minutes. With all the pups and mom safe and secure, they headed back towards AARCS Safe Haven. However, as luck would have it, another call came in with information about another pregnant stray dog. Off they went! That’s a story for a another day
Once all of the animals are vaccinated, spayed/neutered and are medically and physically ready – they will be put up for adoption on our website. AARCS.ca/Adoptable-Dogs
IN THE NEWS:
Today (December 23, 2015) marks the one-year anniversary of the infamous Milk River Dog seizure, the largest removal of dogs in the Alberta SPCA’s history. Last year, 201 dogs were living in horrendous condition outside in the middle of frigid Alberta winter, with no food or water and little or no shelter from the elements.
We are very proud of our staff and volunteers who jumped into action to help, in what was to be Alberta’s largest seizure of dogs in Alberta SPCA history. Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) was at the forefront of this emergency, assisting officers during the seizure, caring for the animals at Safe Haven, providing veterinary assessments, a warm bed and big bowl of food. The wonderful collaborative relationships we have in the animal welfare industry in Alberta allowed us to place all 201 dogs in rescue groups/humane societies to be held and eventually put up for adoption. AARCS kept 60 dogs who entered our foster/adoption program.
“This was the worst case of neglect we had ever seen, the dogs came to us extremely emaciated, with badly matted fur, dehydrated and very hungry,” said Deanna Thompson, executive director of AARCS. “Some had broken bones, gaping wounds and were riddled with parasites. Since that time they have all gained back their weight, their fur is clean and groomed, and they will never know another cold day or empty stomach. They were adopted into loving forever homes and we can only hope that they have forgotten their past and will live happily-ever-after.”
365 days later, the dogs, who had lived their lives on chains staked to the ground in intolerable living conditions, are now in loving homes without ever having to go hungry again. AARCS has two Milk River dogs, Frills and Hamilton, who are still looking for their forever families, and there are others at rescues across the province still up for adoption.
It takes a village to care for the homeless and neglected animals in our province and with teamwork, perseverance and determination we came together to move mountains to help the homeless and neglected animals in our province. You too can be a part of the solution to end animal homelessness and cruelty.
For more information:
Communications & Events Manager
Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society
Our beautiful Kuma Dory (formally known as Dori) is doing very well. She has grown so much since we adopted her in September.
She loves her brother Kuro, our 2 year old Shiba Inu. They play together, nap together, and love each other.
She loves going to the mountain with her family.
She dressed up as a Bat Girl and went to a Halloween party at Sleep Rover. She loves going to Sleep Rover when she is not at work with mom.
She loves Village Ice Cream (Who doesn’t?).
She successfully completed the puppy training course at the Humane Society and we are so proud of her.
She still is a rambunctious puppy. She is also very loving and snugalicious!
I’ve attached some pictures. Please say hi to Kim and Theresa, her foster moms.
Thank you AARCS and Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force for saving her. We can’t imagine our life without her.
Mike and Yuko Hansen
Little Miss Dory came in with her 7 siblings (at only a couple weeks old) and their mom during an Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force Clinic.
This little gal lost her front right limb to a possible birth defect, although, it is hard to know for sure. Once brought into our care, our very own Mother Theresa (Rescue Room Volunteer) took to her right away. Young struggling puppies are her specialty! She decided it would be best to bottle feed her to ensure she stays healthy and continues to grow! Dory now wears a sling to keep her leg clean and dry. Her leg was fully amputated when she was 3 months old – she gets along just fine now without it!
This week Brandi passed over to the Rainbow Bridge.
From Brandi’s Foster Home:
Brandi was instantly part of the family the minute she walked in the door. It was like she’d been with us forever. She made herself right at home….no fear whatsoever. She immediately established herself as queen of the castle, All the dogs in the house immediately respected her space. It was not hard to understand how she survived so long on the prairie as she was definitely a dominant girl that was not afraid to fight for what she thought was hers. Evidence in the numerous chunks out of her ears and tongue. She was tough and tenacious, but at the same time so very loyal and full of love.
We immediately bonded and she followed me everywhere. We spent our mornings driving into town and around the city for work…she sometimes would share “shotgun” with the little dogs, She would let them cuddle up to her on the front seat…I’m sure feeling a sense of motherly duty from all the litters of pups in past years.
She absolutely loved Tim Hortons drive thru (any drive thru really)….she thought food came through every open window. Brandi had an amazing spirit and will to live and experience life to its fullest. You could see the appreciation in her eyes that she didn’t have to fight for everything anymore….that she had a warm bed and her favorite sleeping spot at night. And food just automatically came to her….the sheer delight at feeding time and the yummy treats that just magically appeared.
This beautiful spirit will live on forever in our hearts. In such a short time…she made such a difference in our lives.
A Message from AARCS
AARCS often takes in animals who have medical needs. While Brandi is a special case she is just one of many medical cases that we deal with on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. When an animal comes into our care as a medical case, they are assessed to see what can be done to give them quality of life. Animals who are terminally ill, like Brandi who had cancer, are placed into a forever foster home that will let them live out their days with a full belly and knowing love, companionship and dignity. If you would like to know more about helping these animals out, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or consider becoming an AARCS Angel.
You think after 10+ years involved in animal rescue you would start seeing each animal as a number, dog number 50, cat number 385, the brown and black dog or the long haired orange cat. This however is not the case, each animal has its story, has its past and has a name.
We proudly admit to being first time foster failures. When Ladie first arrived she was extremely skittish and was petrified of all people. Most heartbreaking of all – she was broken. She was terrified; scared and kept her tail tucked and her back turned to you for months. Eventually Ladie learned to trust; learned to play again, learned that her humans were not going to hurt her. Now she loves long walks, car rides and just hanging with her forever family, Well, we just couldn’t let her go….this girl is home!
Thanks to the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society for saving Ladie.
From the moment we brought Bailey home (we kept her name) she has been such an asset to our lil family. After loosing our oldest Tippy,only a week before, our youngest Lucy was not quite right… We brought Bailey home and right away Lucy and her started being the best of friends. Bailey has taught Lucy, who is only 3, how to be a puppy – our oldest was too old to play so Lucy wasn’t quite sure about this new member and all her energy.
Bailey’s quirky personality makes people just fall in love with her, she is so sweet and cuddly, her favorites are to lay on the bay window and watch all the goings on outside & to lay on the couch beside us with her head in our laps.
those big ears of hers and the fact that her tongue is constantly hanging out make us giggle all the time! She is no longer a picky eater, we were able to find a food that she loves, so much so that she does donuts in the kitchen at every feeding she is a casual eater which can prove interesting when Lucy is done and looking for more. We do have to coax her once and awhile but for the most part she eats well. I think she is slowly gaining a lil weight.
when we first brought her home she really hated having me out of her sight, following me everywhere including the shower…. Which she LOVES!!! She loves the sprinkler and any water source she can find to stick her snout into… Including her water bowl.
She loves going for car rides and walks, she even tries to walk Lucy by grabbing her leash and towing her around the house haha she has adjusted well to her kennel and stays in it only when we are not at home. Her sleeping quarters are either at the bottom of the bed or on the floor right beside it but she always comes up for night time snuggles. She sleeps well thru the night only giving morning kisses when the alarm goes off. Her training has been slow as she is very food motivated but listens to basic commands very well.
We have a huge backyard that allows both our girls to play and run non stop… We have a had a few issues of her digging holes but are doing our best to find outlets for her to distract from that.
We take our girls to a local daycare once and awhile and she loves playing with all the other dogs, we have taken her to a local small dog park that is not very busy bc we are still in training with ‘come’ when she is called.
She is a very energetic and lovable lil girl and we could not be more blessed to have her in our lives. She reminds us of our Tippy in many ways. We love her so so much and we are truly grateful to Kim for allowing us to bring Bailey home and be a part of our family!!!
Seeing updates on a number of our fosters reminded me that I’ve been remiss on my own update and it’s so cool to see how they’ve grown up! Krystal was foster #7 for us, and fosters 8 & 9 had already come and gone with her still waiting for her forever home. After her third meeting and people picking one of our other foster puppies, we decided it must be fate and she belonged with us. It seemed like a good fit as we really wanted our next dog to be super mellow — a great example for all the fosters we hope to have over the years. But Krystal didn’t get the memo!
Super mellow puppy, turned into super high-energy adolescent….and we absolutely LOVE her! While she may not always be the most calming influence for our other fosters, she’s accepted every new dog that’s come into the house. She loves to go wherever we do and would run and play all day if she could. She goes to daycare a few days a week to burn off extra energy and we try to get her out into the country where she has lots of space to explore on the weekends. However, when its cuddle time, she’s right there taking up her ”share” of the couch or the bed while we squeeze in around her!
We had her in some beginner training classes during the summer and have her in another training program this fall and she is so eager to learn. She is easily distracted but we’re working on it and her focus improves day by day. We just couldn’t imagine our home without our super sweet and often zoomy beauty around to keep us on our toes and to snuggle up at night. There was a huge hole in our hearts when we lost our last dog to cancer over the summer…so as the saying goes, it was really her who rescued us! Thank you AARCS for all you do and for giving us the chance to bring Krystal into our hearts and our home!
~ Vlooswyk/Steele Family
Hi, I adopted Otis, a Chihuahua mix in May 2012…..he was a wonderful little guy, so cute, a real trooper and we had so much fun together. He was a great companion. We made many car trips to Montana to visit my boyfriend who lives on a farm outside Kalispell. Oti loved it there. We also flew to Kelowna a few times to visit my family. and we just spent a lot of time at home snuggled on the couch. He was a hit with all who met him. He was such a little character. Our last trip was to Kelowna in August where we stayed at the Sparkling Hills resort for a night. When we were out of the room we had him secure in the big shower, but somehow he busted out and was waiting for us by the door. He was a clever little guy.
When I got him I knew he had rotten teeth and was definitely a senior dog. As I looked into doing dental work, the blood work and an ultrasound determined he had Cushings syndrome and likely a tumour on his pituitary. This made him high risk for anesthetic so postponed the teeth extraction….he also had luxating patella, and by late March could no longer go up the stairs in our home. He had many pee accidents and eventually was becoming somewhat incontinent while he slept. We recently solved that with a little reusable wrap diaper .
He soldiered on and enjoyed life in spite of these challenges, but by late August it was clear the tumour was growing, and he was in discomfort upon our return from our Kelowna vacation. He had a complete assessment with the Vet at Copperfield; both Dr Sandu’s are very kind, compassionate, yet practical and realistic. It was confirmed that he was in very bad shape; he was deteriorating by the day.
My daughters and I are heartbroken, but we put him to sleep on Sept 5. We miss him so much and are so thankful we had him if only for a short time.
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