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Featured Volunteer: Kaila Gillespie

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Photos courtesy of Gone Muttz Phodography

 

AARCS Featured Volunteer:

Kaila Gillespie

A word from Kaila:

I have always been very passionate when it comes to animals. It started early for me, when I was about 4 years old, my mom decided to foster our very first cat with the “Street Cats Program”. We instantly fell in love and ended up adopting him for good! I have since passed this onto my daughter Ryllie, who is also very passionate about animals the way I am.

I started fostering for AARCS in July 2016. Our very first foster came in from the Fort McMurray wildfires. Since then we have helped 34 kittens/cats find their forever home! With the exception of one… Our handsome Sammy. I was so excited to go home and tell Ryllie and Sammy that he has been home all along!

I have always loved giving back and I wanted to do more and help many more animals that so very much need our support! AARCS posted that they were hiring a Third-Party Fundraising Coordinator and of course I was very eager get on board! In October of 2016 I became part of AARCS Events Team as a Third-Party Fundraising Coordinator. My first task was the 2016 Christmas Wreath Fundraiser and have been doing this fundraiser every year since as well as helping others raise funds for AARCS.

Ryllie is my five year old sidekick when it comes to attending events. Her favorite thing to do is setting up the booth and visiting all the puppies that help us fundraise! If you ever see us at an event, come and say hi!

My absolute favorite thing about AARCS is all the people I have met and seeing the abundance of smiles when adopters come to meet their new family member! It is so amazing to be part of such a wonderful organization and I couldn’t imagine my life without AARCS.

 
Thank you
Kaila Gillespie
AARCS Volunteer

A word from our Volunteer Manager:

Our Volunteer of the Month for December is the wonderful Kaila! In the over two years Kaila has been with AARCS, we have witnessed her incredible passion for saving lived and been lucky enough to have her on our team! Our events and fundraising team is where we have see Kaila shine! She currently coordinates AARCS Third Party Fundraising initiatives, and our Annual Christmas Wreath Campaign! These events require a large amount of time, organization and enthusiasm! In addition to working tirelessly to support the costs associated with caring for so many animals, Kaila and her daughter have also fostered a number of cats over the years. They have both spent countless hours cuddling kittens, bringing them out of their shell and finding them a forever home!Kaila, thank you so much for working so hard to provide a better life so so many animals that have come through AARCS doors! We couldn’t be doing it without you and I truly hope you will be part of the AARCS family for many, many years to come!!

Rachel Howard
Volunteer Manager

 

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Featured Volunteer: Vicki Birch

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Photos courtesy of Debby Herold Photography

 

AARCS Featured Volunteer:

Vicki Birch

A word from Vicki:

I have grown up with and loved animals my entire life. We always had a dog in the house and at one point we had budgies, a hamster and so many fish. I always wanted a cat but my dad wasn’t a fan (funny thing is now his best buddy is a cat), so when I moved out of the house the first thing I did was went out and adopted a cat.

I wanted to be a vet for as long as I can remember, unfortunately, my grades did not cooperate with this dream. But I always knew I was meant to do something with animals. Fast forward a few years, and in early 2014 we heard about the Milk River dogs. My boss sent an email to all of the staff saying that anyone that wanted to donate to AARCS to help these poor animals, that she would match their donations. She knew at the time that I couldn’t afford to help financially and suggested I look into volunteering, so I did! I filled out the volunteer application that day and heard back in a couple of days. I had my Dog Orientation at the end of February followed close behind by my Cat Orientation at the beginning of March, and that was it. I was hooked! My mom jokes it’s my own little cult, but I’m ok with that. If this is what a cult is then I guess I’m a very active member.

I have now been with AARCS for almost 4 years in all sorts of capacities including but I’m sure not limited to; Dog Caregiver/Shift Leader, Cat Caregiver/Shift Leader, Events, Education, Training, Transport/SNAP, Pet Store laundry etc. Last year I took on the roll of Cat Shelter Coordinator and am loving the interaction that I have with staff and volunteers in this position. Although technically I’m not supposed to have any more pets in my apartment I also started fostering cats last year. I seem to have a soft spot for the cats I affectionately call the defective kitties. Not that they are in anyway defective, but I seem to take the guys with heart conditions, maybe I can relate having grown up with a heart murmur or maybe it’s just because these guys need the extra love that I have to give them. This has of course proven extremely emotional but so worth every second I get to spend with them.

I have a lot of people tell me they don’t know how I do it, how I can go in and see all the animals in the different states that they come to us. But I just tell them and myself that although it’s very emotional I know that we’re here to get them from the terrible situations they were in to the new loving homes they deserved from day 1. It doesn’t mean you don’t go home some days thinking how I can keep doing this, but you just remind yourself of what they came from and where they’re going to. To help them overcome their fears and injuries and go to a loving furever home IS WHY I CONTINUE DOING THIS!!

I like to think that I do this to save the animals because AARCS saved me in a very down time in my life.

So although AARCS says thank you to me for everything I do for the organization, I want to thank AARCS for coming to my rescue when I needed it the most.

 
Thank you
Vicki Birch
AARCS Volunteer

A word from our Volunteer Manager:

We are thrilled to announce our volunteer of the month for November. Meet Vicki Birch.

This coming January, Vicki will be celebrating four years with AARCS. In those four years we have come to know Vicki and she has become a large part of our team, especially part of our ever growing Cat Team! At some point or another, Vicki has been involved with everything from animal care (both cats and dogs), to events and fundraising, to administrative activities and was instrumental in helping us get our new space set up in 2017. She showed up weekend in and weekend out to help out with whatever we were doing. She painted, she helped move furniture and she did it all while sharing that infectious laugh!

Over the years, I’ve watched Vicki and can honestly say she is one of the most hardworking and dedicated people I know. I can’t imagine AARCS without her and we are incredibly fortunate to have her as part of the AARCS family every day! There really are no words to describe what Vicki means to us, and how much we adore her.

Vicki, we truly can not thank you enough for all you do! Thank you for being you, and for saving so many animals over the years!

Rachel Howard
Volunteer Manager

 

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Featured Volunteer: Kayla Devitt

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Photos courtesy of Herring Bone Photography

 

AARCS Featured Volunteer:

Kayla Devitt

A word from Kayla:

My road to AARCS is less glamourous then others. In 2016 I was out of work and beginning to feel the toll of countless jobs rejecting me, when I came across the idea of volunteering to help fill the void in my life. Working with rescue animals seemed like an easy fit as there was always a rescue dog in my family growing up. It didn’t take long on the AARCS website for me to realize these were like-minded people. I promptly filled out my application.

I signed up to do my first event, I was a little nervous but after I received the warmest welcome from the other volunteers my jitters completely disappeared. I found myself immersed with talking to people about animals and the great work AARCS does.

When I got home that night I couldn’t stop talking about the animals and the people I had met that day. The rush I got from raising awareness and funds for the wonderful work we do at AARCS was incomparable, I was hooked. Since then I’ve done as many events as I can. The positive atmosphere created by everyone at AARCS is easily the best part of my week.

 

AARCS doesn’t just rescue animals, they rescue people too.

 
Thank you
Kayla Devitt
AARCS Volunteer

A word from our Volunteer Manager:

We are pleased to introduce our Volunteer of the Month for October – Kayla Devitt! We first met Kayla in 2016, and it was no surprise that she was nominated by a fellow volunteer for Volunteer of the Month!

Over the years, Kayla has participated in so many AARCS events and has become a face that many recognize when visiting the AARCS booth! Kayla will gladly take on any task, and has frequently jumped in to help out when needed. On more than one occasion, she has shown up early for her shift, (or stayed well past her scheduled time!) simply to help out and continue raising awareness for AARCS and the homeless animals we help.

Kayla is a joy to have on our team, and we are so grateful for her go-getter attitude and infectious smile! Thank you Kayla for always being there to help, and for your incredible dedication to helping the animals!

Rachel Howard
Volunteer Manager

 

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AARCS’ Wreath Fundraiser


AARCS’ Holiday Wreath Campaign

Do you need to bring the festive season to your office or home, or need a great gift idea?
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AARCS is proud to present our 2018 Holiday Wreath Fundraiser! This year we will be selling beautiful fresh 22” and 32” Christmas Wreaths that come decorated and ready to hang! The 22” wreath is $50, and the 32” wreath is $70. All funds raised will be donated to the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society!
*Deadline for orders is November 22nd, 2018
Contact Person: thirdpartyfundraising@aarcs.ca
 
*VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE: 

If you would like to ship wreaths to multiple locations WITHIN CALGARY, you will need to submit an individual order form for each location.

A pickup location in EDMONTON is available! 

*Delivery will only be available for within Calgary City Limits. Otherwise you will have to pick up at AARCS’ Safe Haven and deliver/ship yourself.  $10 delivery charge applies for shipping to the assigned Edmonton location.

[ CLICK HERE TO ORDER ]

DON’T FURGET TO SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY!

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AARCS’ Mutts, Meows & Martini’s


Mutts, Meows & Martini’s

AARCS Signature Event presented by The Tower Group!

This year, we have a very special treat courtesy of WestJet – You have a CHANCE TO WIN the Gift of Flight valued at $2,900 through our Mutts Meows & Martini’s Raffle!


Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased here: bit.ly/2018_aarcsmmmraffle

 

When:  Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time:  7:00PM – MIDNIGHT
Where:  National on 8th, 225 8 Ave SW #360, Calgary, AB T2P 2W3
Price: Tickets for the evening are $40 each, or two tickets for $70. TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
About:
The Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) will be hosting the Mutts, Meows & Martini’s Signature Event on Saturday November 17, 2018 at National on 8th in downtown Calgary! Guests at the event will enjoy a complimentary cocktail, appetizers, silent auction, raffles and our signature slideshow! Put on your cocktail dress, grab a date and put on your dancing shoes! This is an event you will not want to miss! Tickets for the evening are $40 each, or two tickets for $70.
 
*Must be 18 or older to attend.
 
We are currently looking for Sponsors and Auction Items for this event – please email susan@aarcs.ca if you are interested in partnering with us!
OUR TITLE SPONSOR:
TowerGroup

 

Gold Sponsors:

 

CMP MUCKY PUPS SAVE

 

Silver Sponsors:
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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

 

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OVER CAT-PACITY – Emergency Adoption Event

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[ OVER CAT-PACITY ] 52 ADOPTED!

EMERGENCY CAT ADOPTION EVENT – PICK YOUR OWN ADOPTION FEE!

 


WE’RE OVER CAT-PACITY — INTAKE IS CLOSED until we find homes for hundreds of cats and kittens!  PICK YOUR OWN ADOPTION FEE for cats and kittens over the age of 6 months THIS FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018.

“With over 300 cats and kittens in care, our shelter and foster homes are full,” says Kelsey Scoular, AARCS Cat Manager. “We are finding it tough to keep up with the dozens of surrender calls we receive each week. Currently, we have over 100 cats that are available for adoption on our website with more being added each day.”

As a result of the increased number of cats and kittens, AARCS is encouraging the public to come forward and adopt a cat or kitten. AARCS will be having an Emergency Cat Adoption Event this Friday, July 20, 2018 between 2pm – 9pm at Safe Haven located at 5060 – 74 Avenue SE and will be able to pick your own adoption fee for cats over 6 months of age.

All kittens and cats are up to date with their medical, vaccinations, spaying/neutering, deworming and are microchipped. There will be information on fostering an animal and volunteering with the society. AARCS is calling on the community for help in finding homes for these very deserving felines and is also encouraging everyone to please spay and neuter their pets.

In addition, AARCS will be accepting donations of dry and wet kitten food, gastro medical food, cat litter and financial donations to cover mounting veterinary bills for the homeless cats in their society.
For more information visit aarcs.ca/wish-list  Thank mew!

 

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Donation Match Campaign!

 

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UNLOCK your CHANCES TO WIN with each $2,000 RAISED through this Campaign!

 


She’s at it again! Heather Waddell has generously given us a challenge and we need your help! When we approached Heather about the need for medical supplies for the AARCS’ Veterinary Hospital, she was willing to MATCH YOUR DONATIONS up to $10,000 — which will fill the clinic cupboards with much needed medical supplies for the animal patients in AARCS’ care!

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YOUR GIFT WILL CHANGE THE LIVES OF ANIMALS!

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One Year in Safe Haven II


Anniversary & Acknowledgement Ceremony & Celebration

One Year in Safe Haven II
When:  Saturday, June 23rd, 2018
Time:  12 PM - 3 PM
Where:  AARCS Safe Haven – 5060 – 74 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB
Price:  Monetary donations or Donations from our Wishlist appreciated.
About:

The Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) is an animal welfare organization that works closely with First Nations across our province assisting communities with their animal population and no-cost spay/neuter assistance. On the one-year anniversary of the opening of AARCS Safe Haven and Veterinary Hospital, we will be hosting an Open House and Land Acknowledgement Ceremony and invite all First Nations, the general public, volunteers, foster homes and supporters to attend.

 

As an organization and individuals, we will take the opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories in which our Safe Haven & Veterinary Hospital resides and will have a permanent Land Acknowledgement plaque placed in our reception area.


 

PROGRAM:

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM – Shelter Tours

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM – Welcome & Prayer, Casey Eagle Speaker

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM – Acknowledgement Unveiling

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM – Shelter Tours


Join our cause of helping animals in our community by bringing items from our WISHLIST or monetary donations.

 

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Mew Years Cat Adoption Special


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Purring in the Mew Year with an AARCS Kitty!


Cats, Cats, Cats! ❤️ Adoption fees are only:


• $25 for Adult Cats
• $75 for Kittens

until December 31st. Find the feline of your dreams at AARCS.ca/Adoptable-Cats today!

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