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Fabio, an AARCS Pupdate!


Letter from his Adoptive Family!

My husband and I are over the moon with Bruce (Fabio). He has been the best addition to our family. My husband works away quite a lot at the moment so it is just Bruce and I most of the time. He attends Marda Loop doggy daycare 2-4 times per week when I am working. I also pay my neighbors daughter $3 per visit to feed him/play with him time to time as well. I don’t want to sound bias but I can’t believe what a gentle loving old soul of a dog we have. He is just so affectionate and calm, no one can believe he is still a puppy. We have just started an 8 week private dog training course with Konfident Kanines. Larry is the trainer and he is wonderful, he is super old school and his training is not reward based. It is based on positive reinforcement and building a trusting and loving relationship with your dog.
Larry asked us, “Where did you get this beautiful boy from?” we told him AARCS. He said that Bruce is so calm and gentle and he is an old soul. We were very proud furbaby parents when we heard that.
Bruce has not really had many accidents inside and he does not chew. He sleeps with me upstairs on my bed, although he gets on and off though the night. He has a confinement room with a crate in the downstairs basement bathroom. I am starting to just leave him on the middle floor now though as he is such a good boy and we trust him in the house.
Honestly we could not have asked for a better furbaby, we love him SO much!

Sophie, Adoptive Mom!

Check out Flashback, Fabio!

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Help AARCS #WinTheJackpot

AARCS has been selected as a finalist for #WinTheJackpot – AllStarSlots Charity Campaign!

Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society’s (AARCS) mission is “Changing Lives through Kindness” to create our vision of “A Compassionate World for All Animals.”

In Alberta, thousands of cats and dogs are homeless, abandoned, abused or living in horrendous conditions. We work closely with rural and First Nations communities where there is limited to no animal services.

In 2015, AARCS took in over 2,000 cats and dogs. We cared for them by providing medical care, spaying/neutering, vaccinating and then found their forever families. AARCS also has assistance programs such as Spay/Neuter, TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) for Cats and Emergency Medical Assistance.

Please vote for AARCS and help us win, so we can continue to rescue animals in need!

More information about the contest:

  • The $5,750 charity fund will be split three ways: 1st place will receive $5,000, 2nd place will receive $500 and 3rd place will receive $250.
  • Visitors to the website will be able to vote for their charity of choice and the winners will be decided by the most votes. Only one vote per person, per device is allowed.
  • Voting will be open from February 8, 2016 until the March 8, 2016.
  • The winners will be announced March 15-19, 2016 by a blog post on the site
  • Official Terms and Conditions



March 24 Dueling Pianos Event

When: Thursday March 24, 2016
Time: Doors Open 6 pm | Entertainment Begins 7:30 pm
Where: Aussie Rules Piano Bar 1002 37th Street SW, Calgary
Price: $30/Ticket TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!

18+ Event

Silent Auction, 50/50, Raffles, Complimentary Appetizers (vegetarian), Drink Specials and more!

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Muttley Crüe

PoorBoy Tire

While Away House Sitters & Pet Care Inc.

To donate a silent auction item, or sponsor the event, please email (see below poster for more information)



Sponsorships Available:

Title Sponsor $2,000 (Available to 1 sponsor only)

  • Recognition on event poster which will be advertised in the following ways:

o   On the AARCS website with a direct link to your company website

o   On the AARCS Facebook (with 64,000 followers) and Twitter accounts for 6 weeks prior to the event and 2 posts on the week of the event
o   Emailed to all AARCS volunteers, foster homes and newsletter subscribers
o   Distributed at AARCS events prior to the event|o   Displayed in various locations around Calgary and area

  • Company banner, brochures and business cards displayed at the event
  • Company logo displayed at each table at the event
  • Four tickets to the event
  • Opportunity to speak at the beginning of the event
  • Recognition at the event by AARCS host on stage
  • A thank you post on AARCS Facebook and Twitter accounts following the event 

Corporate Sponsor $1,000 (Available to 4 sponsors only)

  • Recognition on event poster which will be advertised in the following ways:

o   On the AARCS website with a direct link to your company website
o   On the AARCS Facebook (with 64,000 followers) and Twitter accounts for 6 weeks prior to the event and 2 posts on the week of the event
o   Emailed to all AARCS volunteers, foster homes and newsletter subscribers
o   Distributed at AARCS events prior to the event
o   Displayed in various locations around Calgary and area

  • Company logo displayed at each table at the event
  • Recognition at the event by AARCS host on stage
  • A thank you post on AARCS Facebook and Twitter accounts following the event

AARCS acknowledges that every company has specific preferences with regards to the benefits it hopes to gain from becoming involved in an event. While the section above highlights some of the key advantages to becoming involved, we would be happy to discuss additional requests with prospective sponsors. 

Silent Auction Items

A crucial part of the evening is the Silent Auction event! We are currently looking for companies willing to donate a package, item or gift certificate to be auctioned off during the event to raise funds for AARCS.

To donate a silent auction item, or sponsor the event, please email


Sparky’s Story

The Alberta SPCA received a call about Sparky on a Monday morning. It was reported that a few days prior Sparky had had some quills removed from his muzzle. By Sunday he was unable to eat or drink without gagging and by Monday morning he was unable to use his back legs.


“When I first saw Sparky he was lying motionless wrapped in a blanket, his eyes were wide open but he didn’t move at all when I approached, quite unusual for a young puppy. His eyes were bright and he didn’t look ill or have problems breathing and as I looked him over there were no obvious injuries or wounds that I could see, but any movement or manipulation of his body caused him to cry out with heartbreaking sounds of pain. He attempted to stand but immediately fell over it was clear he needed immediate medical attention. Once we arrived at the vet clinic his vitals were taken and to our surprise seemed to be fairly normal. The veterinarian examining him could not find any obvious injuries, including quills that may have been overlooked. An X-ray was taken of his spinal column but there were no obvious breaks or bone trauma. At this point we suspected he may have been hit by a car and sustained nerve or soft tissue damage which may not bode well for his recovery. The veterinarian recommended 72 hours of rest and anti-inflammatories along with pain medication. I left Sparky at the vet clinic to be monitored for improvement over the next 72 hours. As Sparky had been surrendered I had to find him a caretaker. I knew he was going to need someone who could devote a lot of personal attention and care to recover, as well as do everything to save this young puppy who had barely had the chance to experience life. I contacted the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society and without hesitation they agreed to take Sparky. When I returned to the vet clinic 3 days later, Sparky had made some small improvements. He was able to take a few steps before beginning to stagger and lay down. But of great concern was that he held his head at an awkward angle and had a tendency to curl one of his paws under so that the top of his paw made contact with the ground. I was very concerned for his potential to recover but knew he would be in good hands.” - Angie, SPCA Officer

Angie then brought him into Safe Haven and transferred him into the care of the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society. It was later discovered that Sparky had an abscess deep beneath his skin from a previous dog bite. The fluid from the abscess was putting so much pressure on his spine, it had the paralysis effect. Once the abscess was found and relieved, he was able to regain full function and movement was no longer an issue. He became his happy-go-lucky self again and went up for Adoption! It didn’t take long for the perfect family to come along, they applied and adopted Sparky, now Fergus, over the Christmas Holidays. We wish Fergus the best in his new, loving home!


If you wish to make a donation to help AARCS Rescue Animals in need, we would greatly appreciate your support


Two of the eight puppies!

First 2016 Rescue Mission!

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 ;)

Foster • Adopt • Volunteer • Donate

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.



Stray dog and pups rescued before overnight snowfall

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One-Year Anniversary of Infamous Milk River Dog Seizure

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.

Original News Stories can be found here

For more information:

Lindsay Black
Communications & Events Manager
Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society


Dory the Tripawd UPDATE!


Letter from her Adoptive Family!


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.  

Happy Holidays,
Mike and Yuko Hansen


Dory’s Story!

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!


Rainbow Bridge – Brandi

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.

Read more about how Brandi came to AARCS and why she touched the hearts of everyone who knew her.

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 or consider becoming an AARCS Angel.


Brandi’s Story

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.

Brandi has a story. I might not know the beginning of her life story but I know the second part of her story, the part where she was given an opportunity to be happy and treated with kindness and love. She is a dog that will always have a place in my heart. When you meet her, Im sure she will leave the same imprint in your heart she has mine.
I was driving the country side roads returning a truck load full of dogs during a spay and neuter clinic to their various guardians when Brandi crossed my path. I saw her in a field, walking slowly with her belly extended. I knew she was old, but why was her belly so large? I figured she was either pregnant or had a severe uterine infection.
After getting her surrendered due to her body condition, we loaded her up in our vehicle and drove her to Calgary where she would be assessed by one of our vets. It was determined quickly she has a large mass in her abdomen. Likely the size of a small football.
Instinctively the reaction from the veterinarian was to humanely euthanize her, end her life from any future of possible suffering. I don’t blame the veterinarian, in all honesty it is likely what we would have done in some cases like her. Yet for some reason it didn’t feel right. I knew deep down she was not ready to leave. She had life in her , it was clear in simply looking her in the eyes. Sadly I have held many animals who have been put to rest as medical intervention was no longer an option or in the animals best interest. I’ve held numerous animals whose bodies were so weak and ailed that the only kind thing to do was to let them go t. Brandi however was not yet ready. She was not in pain nor did she lose the will to live.
I offered to take her to the park for the day. I figured if today was the day she was going to be put down I wanted her to have at least one day where she got to eat anything and everything. I didn’t want her last day be the stresses of the long drive and an unfamiliar environment, so I loaded up my van with sardines, stinky dog food and cat kibble “dog can resist cat kibble”.
When I arrived at the clinic she came walking out with her tail wagging. I looked at her, she looked at me, and it was immediate that I knew today was not the day to say goodbye to Brandi. She jumped into the back seat of the van and we took off to the park. The entire trip she stood up in the back and sneakily ate the loose kibbles that were hiding in all the floor crevices of my van. When we arrived to the park, she jumped out of the van and began our was together, which ended up as 2 hour power walk.
I cancelled her appointment to be euthanized that afternoon and scheduled it for later in the day. This time it would be where a veterinarian came out to my place where hopefully she would have felt more relaxed. As time went on the more and more I knew I couldn’t go through with it. I called friends, my support group, the ones I call when I need advice. I phoned Deanna and told her she needed to meet me at the park right away. She needed to come meet Brandi and see first hand how amazing this girl is and how she needs to be given a new life in a home where she could be spoiled rotten, with knowing that perhaps it would only be for 1 week, perhaps several months, only time would tell.
Deanna headed over right away, and within moments of seeing the joy in Brandi’s face agreed 100 percent that we needed to hold off and look at other options. We sat the three of us in the van, Brandi between the two of us eating Deanna’s fries while we tried coming up with a plan. Both Deanna and I were leaving town that week or else we would have taken her to either one of our homes. The shelter was full, and we worried about an old girl like herself being in a kennel, as she was likely never confined her entire life.
Kim and Heather from Dawg Tired! That is who we need to call! Deanna dialled their number put them on speaker and explained the situation with Brandi. With only a few words in and without hesitation they agreed to take Brandi on as a permanent foster.
We all sat in the van crying as Kim shed a tear over the phone and Brandi continued to eat her fries. She had no idea what just took place, but both Deanna and I knew she just had won the lottery.
Her life now is extraordinaire. She lives the life any dog would want. She gets to run, snuggle, eat raw food and ride shotgun in Heather’s truck everyday. We know she will be loved every remaining day of her life. It might be one week, it may be 3 months, but for Brandi it is time for her to live.
I am forever grateful to AARCS for taking Brandi under their wing and of course Heather and Kim for giving Brandi such a wonderful life. Brandi you amaze me in the joy you bring to those who meet you. Thank you for coming into my life and thank you for reminding me why is it so important for groups like AARCS to continue the work they do.
RJ Bailot





Update on Ladie

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.