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Meow Luau – Cat Adoption Special

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Meow Luau Cat Adoption Special!


The Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) currently has over 400 cats in care. The time to adopt your new feline is meow! We are despurrrate to help them find loving forever homes as the calls for cats in need keep coming and we are running at full cat-pacity!

For the MONTH OF AUGUST, we are hosting a Meow Luau Cat Adoption Special!
  • Cats + Kittens ★ (7+ months) Min. $25 Adoption Fee
  • Kittens ★ (under 6 months) Min. $75 Adoption Fee

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Featured Volunteer: Melissa Brathwaite

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Photos courtesy of Inga Morozoff Photography

 

AARCS Featured Volunteer:

Melissa Brathwaite

A word from Melissa:

I absolutely love AARCS in every way.  From the moment I first did the orientation I realized there was this feeling of fullness in my heart, a sense of belonging and a feeling of comrodery towards a common goal to save as many lives possible no matter the obstacles.  I am so thankful to be a part of the most amazing group of people I have ever met, who show me daily that we can make such a great difference and there are no limits to what can be achieved.  I never knew before I volunteered and fostered how life changing it could be for us to see these animals blossom into happy healthy successful lives.  I have always loved animals, but now that love and passion makes a difference.  We have been lucky enough as a family to find through fostering for AARCS the most perfect fit of a dog in our home, he helps us with every foster , he helps them to transition and learn in our home.  As well a young cat that brings unending laughter and joy each and every day.  Thank you AARCS for always being the voice of the voiceless and ensuring so many animals have a happily ever after.  Cheers too many more fulfilling years growing with this wonderful organization.
 
Thank you
Melissa B.
AARCS Volunteer and Foster Home

A word from our Volunteer Manager:

We are so grateful to have Melissa as part of the AARCS Family. Over the years, she has been involved in a number of areas, including fostering a number of dogs and cats, being a part of our Cat Caregiver team here in the shelter, and assisting with planning large AARCS fundraising initiatives.
In addition to that, both her and her husband have been incredibly involved in assisting us with the completion of our new building. They have both spent countless hours putting their professional painting skills to use (which we are incredibly thankful for as green paint is very unforgiving!).
Melissa, thank you so much for always keeping a smile on your face and for staying positive, even when the situation is less than ideal. Thank you for all of the love you have shown to each and every animal who has crossed your path.
Keep up the great work!
Rachel Howard
Volunteer Manager

 

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New AARCS Sneak-a-Peek

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We want you to come for a sneak-peek at the new AARCS facility so that you can see where your donation is going and how it will help more animals now and for years to come! What do you say?!

HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!

WHAT:
 NEW AARCS HOME + VETERINARY CLINIC SNEAK-A-PEAK!
WHEN:
  APRIL 1, 2017 between 11am – 3pm, THIS SATURDAY!
WHERE:
 The NEW AARCS Safe Haven, 5060 74 Ave SE, CALGARY
We will be doing guided tours throughout the day to show you around! In addition, we’re planning a grand opening during the second quarter of 2017 and we hope you will be able to join us on this joyous occasion.

CHECK OUT THIS TRANSFORMATION SO FAR!


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DONATE TODAY!

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Double Donation Match!

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DOUBLE DONATION MATCH CAMPAIGN!


Long time supporter of  animal welfare initiatives and dedicated donor, Heather Waddell will DOUBLE YOUR GIFT to help CHANGE THE LIVES OF ANIMALS!

She has generously committed to MATCH your donations up to $20,000!


This means that for every DOLLAR you DONATE, AARCS will get $2!

This will get us to our GOAL OF $40,000!


Your contribution will help fill our NEW AARCS’ VETERINARY HOSPITAL with essential life saving equipment!Donate Now!

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• Anesthesia System

• Autoclave and Ultrasonic Cleaner

• Defibrillator

• Centrifuge and Blood Analyzers

• Diagnostic Equipment

• Monitoring Equipment

• Surgery Table (x2)

• IV Pump and Pole

• Exam and Surgery Lighting

• Wet Table / Treatment Table

• Exam Tables

• Emergency Kit

• X-Ray Machine

• Isolation and Recovery Kennels


YOUR GIFT WILL CHANGE THE LIVES OF ANIMALS!

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Light Up Donation Match!

DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT with YOUR DONATION!


Dr. Audrey Remedios, who is a long time supporter and incredible veterinary surgeon has proposed an offer to help AARCS raise funds. She has committed to match your donations up to $10,000. This means that for every dollar you donate, AARCS will get $2!

This will get us to our goal of $20,000 to purchase surgical lighting for our NEW AARCS VETERINARY HOSPITAL!!!


Dr Audrey

“The project for a veterinary hospital is essential and will allow the organization to continue to help hundreds of animals, reducing animal homelessness and improving our community. The project will drastically reduce costs for the organization allowing them to have an even bigger impact.”

— Dr. Audrey Remedios 

B.Sc, DVM, DACVS

 


 

Bronco_surglightYou can light up an AARCS animals’ life by contributing to the cost of the surgical lighting for our new Veterinary Clinic. Animals just like Bronco, who required an orthopedic surgery as a result of massive trauma after being hit by a car. This left Bronco with a fractured hip which was very painful and caused him to ‘hop’ from pain and discomfort as he walked. By helping AARCS to acquire professional surgical lighting for our clinic, this type of surgery can be performed in-house saving us enough to do twice as many life changing surgeries!

Please consider giving a donation below to help us provide surgical lighting for animals in need of extensive veterinary care in our new Veterinary Clinic!

 Surgical Lighting

YOUR GIFT WILL CHANGE THE LIVES OF ANIMALS!

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Valentines Challenge

 Join Our Valentine’s Day Challenge!

WE HAVE REACHED OUR $6,000 GOAL FOR OUR  VALENTINE’S DAY CHALLENGE! Total has been added to our over-all Capital Campaign!

We need to purchase two Heart Rate Monitors for our new Veterinary Hospital at a cost of $1,500 each. Cheeko is just one of over 100 animals that AARCS has taken into care so far in 2017. It is incredibly important to AARCS to provide the highest standard of care to each animal brought into our programs. To minimize risk while animals under-go anesthesia for surgery, all animals are monitored closely using tools such as heart monitors.
This is where we could really use your help!


Don’t let their rescued hearts skip a beat this Valentines!
Contribute to the AARCS Doppler Fund (Heart Rate Monitor) for our AARCS Veterinary Hospital!

We hope to raise $3,000 in ONE DAY!

WOW! A GREAT BIG SHOUT OUT to the Spindler Family for covering the cost of our two heart rate monitors! We would like to CHALLENGE everyone to help us by MATCHING THEIR DONATION bringing our NEW Valentine’s Challenge up to $6,000! This will cover the cost of a multi-monitor which will manage all the other vitals!

Every dollar makes a difference and will help us save the lives of so many animals who need us the most!  

*Any funds raised above and beyond this amount will go towards our over-all Capital Campaign fund.

We would like you to meet Cheeko!

“Hi there! The name is Cheeko! When AARCS asked me to share a few words for their Valentine’s Day newsletter, it made me blush. AARCS rescued me at the beginning of January 2017 and I won’t lie, I was in really ruff shape. You know, I came from a place where dogs don’t really stay in the house.  Instead, they stay outside and fend for themselves, like wild animals, which sure wasn’t easy.
Please don’t be fooled by the way I look – all big and buff – ‘cuz deep down I am as soft as an ice cream cone.  Really, I swear! In fact, I was the dog that the other neighborhood dogs picked on and bullied every day. When my rescuers came along, they found me pretty beat up with open sores and old scars all over my body. I wasn’t a pretty sight at all and I wasn’t having much fun, but it was all I had ever known.
These people took me to a place called ‘Safe Haven’, and that’s just what it was. It was so nice to be treated with kindness and compassion.  And then…it happened!  My tail began to wag and I just couldn’t stop it! Not that I wanted to anyway. I wasn’t quite sure what it was, this big, heavy feeling in my chest, but it was something really great that I had never felt before. I think they call it LOVE!  They treated my sores and provided me with comfort, delicious food and a bed to call my own. Soon after, I went to a super foster home and guess what?!  As of last week, some people had that same feeling for me and I have been ADOPTED! If there is a lottery for dogs, this was it and I won…BIG TIME!”
- xo Cheeko 

Cheeko required more than just routine medical care such as vaccines, dewormer, microchip and neuter. This big fella required antibiotics and medicated baths for his open sores and skin infections as well as dental surgery to remove multiple fractured teeth due to past trauma. We are so grateful to be apart of his journey, including his rescue, rehabilitation and helping him find his forever family.
Join us in our mission of
“Changing Lives Through Kindness”
Your kindness is going to allow us to help thousands of homeless animals in Alberta in 2017.

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AARCS Capital Campaign

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We are thrilled to finally share with our supporters our exciting news.

In 2017, AARCS and our rescued animals will be getting a NEW SAFE HAVEN and their very own Veterinary Hospital! The AARCS team have spent 2016 searching for a suitable space to move and in November we finalized a lease on a new building in SE Calgary where we can expand our operations to include a veterinary clinic specifically for AARCS rescued animals.

2016 has been a tough year for Canadians, Albertans, businesses and non-profits alike. With over 3,200 animals coming through AARCS’ programs each year and veterinary expenses being our biggest expense we knew our current model wasn’t sustainable.  To solve this, we identified a critical need to expand our operations to include our very own veterinary hospital, which in turn will drastically reduce our expenses and increase our capacity to help more animals.
We will be working hard over the next few months to renovate the building that will include expanded animal areas for cats and dogs, additional office and storage space and a 2,100 square foot veterinary hospital. The veterinary hospital will give us the ability to help the animals in most dire need of medical attention with onsite veterinarians and technicians and the ability to treat almost anything in-house.
We are extremely excited to take these next steps in providing a second chance to so many deserving animals in our province. AARCS is a driving force in the animal welfare community and an organization that the people turn to for help. We have an exceptional medical program for animals with some of the highest standards of care in the industry. We have seen an increase of calls to help homeless, abandoned and injured animals coupled with a decrease in revenue due to hard economic times along with rising veterinary prices, so this strategic move will ensure we maintain stability and longevity of our programming for years to come.
There’s lots to do over the next several months, including raising enough funds for renovations and to equip the new clinic, while still maintaining operations and rescuing animals in need. 
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you – our volunteers, foster homes and supporters – for all the work you do and for helping us get to this milestone moment in our history. We couldn’t do it without you! It is because of your commitment to the organization and the animals that we have been able to help thousands of animals each and every year. Thank you for continuing on this journey with us so that one day, in our life-time, we will have achieved our vision of a Compassionate World for All Animals.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to call me at 403-869-4694, email Deanna@aarcs.ca or pop into my office.

Sincerely Yours,
Deanna Thompson
Executive Director
Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society

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TAKE A SNEAK PEEK!

WITH KEYS IN HAND…The Future is Bright!
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Featured Volunteer: Jordyn Troyer

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AARCS Featured Volunteer:

Jordyn Troyer

A word from Jordyn:

I joined AARCS about 4 years ago to work with cats and dogs as a caregiver. Since then I have had the opportunity to work in other areas such as adopted animal follow ups and event planning. Most recently, I have taken on the role of Cat Caregiver Training Coordinator and have had the opportunity to help design and implement protocols on how volunteers care for and handle shelter cats.
Volunteering with AARCS inspires me to live by the mantra “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” When life feels overwhelmingly negative, I remember that I am surrounded by a group of volunteers at AARCS who truly care; together, we change lives through kindness.
Jordyn Troyer
AARCS Volunteer

A word from our Volunteer Manager:

Jordyn has been with us for almost four years. Over those four years she has been involved in a number of areas throughout the organization. Jordyn started off as a Cat and Dog Caregiver, and volunteering at events. Over the years, her role has evolved and she now currently oversees the training for all of our new Cat Caregivers! In addition to that, she also sits on our events committee assisting with planning our large fundraising events.
We are so fortunate to have Jordyn as part of the team. She is dedicated to each and every animal in AARCS care! Thank you Jordyn for all of the passion and dedication you bring to the AARCS family!
Rachel Howard
Volunteer Manager

 

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Featured Volunteer: Jane Carter

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AARCS Featured Volunteer:

Jane Carter

A word from Jane:

I have loved animals, all animals my entire life! I grew up with a dog, then adopted my first fur baby once living out on my own. It’s been multiple fur babies ever since!

Now that my two daughters are out living in the world, they have also adopted their own fur babies. When our family is together, it can be hectic as there are 7 canines running around the house, of various sizes! (the feline fur baby is at home at my eldest’s house)

Since photography is a passion of mine, I took courses at U. of Calgary, and MRU. Once completed, I started up a home photography business. Volunteering at AARCS, as one of their photographers (and there are so many awesome ones!) was one of the first decisions I made! A few of the family fur babies were adopted through AARCS, so I knew of the great work they did, what they stood for, and their benefit and commitment to the Calgary and Area communities. I wanted to be a part of that, in whatever small way I was able.

I am honored and proud, to be a volunteer of AARCS.

Jane Carter
AARCS Volunteer Photographer

A word from our Volunteer Manager:

For the last two years, we have been so fortunate to have Jane as part of our amazing team of photographers!
You will often find Jane at Safe Haven, typically once a week, to photograph the cats who are currently being housed here in the shelter. Jane has also traveled out to many foster homes to get the perfect snapshots to help the adoptable animals put their best paw forward!
If you get the chance to see her working with the animals, her passion and dedication are hard to ignore. Thank you Jane for sharing your talent with AARCS and helping so many animals find their adoptive homes!
Rachel Howard
Volunteer Manager

 

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Featured Volunteer: Heather Molyneaux

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AARCS Featured Volunteer:

Heather Molyneaux

A word from Heather:

 I have always loved animals. When I left my full time job I began searching for a volunteer position and I knew that I wanted to help rescue dogs. I have been volunteering at AARCS as a Dog Caregiver for 3 years and have loved every minute of it. It’s so rewarding to know that together we are helping so many dogs find a better life. It is also very easy to volunteer for an organization that cares so much about the welfare of each and every animal that comes into the system. The Staff and Volunteers at AARCS are amazing and I am so happy to be part of the team.

A word from our Volunteer Manager:

Our caregivers work tirelessly everyday to ensure top notch care for the dogs staying here at Safe Haven. Heather has been an important part of our Dog Caregiver team for over three years now. In those three years, she has been a part of training hundreds of our new caregivers and has had a hand in caring for thousands of dogs who have come through our shelter doors.No mater how dirty the job, Heather is always willing to step up and help out. She will come in on a whim if a shift is short, even if she has already been in for three shifts that week. Her passion for the animals and dedication to the organization is evident in everything she does. We are so lucky to have her as a part of the AARCS family! Thank you Heather!
Rachel Howard
Volunteer Manager