AARCS Shelter Expansion

We are excited to announce that the bay next door to AARCS Safe Haven in Calgary has come available and we will be expanding the shelter! This comes at a wonderful time as we have drastically out-grown our current space.

The goal with this project is to separate our cat/small animals and dogs. This will allow us to add more dog runs, as well as dramatically increase our quarantine space for cats, a room for our TNR projects, provide an on-site adoption room for cats, a quiet space for small animal intake, provide for additional storage and training space for our volunteers.

Phase One will cover:

* Initial Start-Up Costs   * Basis Renovations Costs

This amazing opportunity to double our space will allow us to expand our growing programs, including an Adoption Program, Spay Neuter Assistance (SNAP) and Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) Program so we can help more cats and dogs now and in the future.

Our goal is to raise $40,000 for the start-up of this project.

As this was an unexpected opportunity, AARCS had not budgeted for the new space and we need your help to get it off the ground! We will provide tax receipts for all donations over $20.

How You Can Help:

  • Visit our Donate Page
  • *please put “Expansion Project” in the box “Your message to AARCS”
  • Call us at 403-250-7377 to make a donation via credit card over the phone 
  • Mail a cheque to:

PO Box 99076
RPO London Town

Calgary, AB T1Y 0A6

  • Stop by the shelter with your donation  during business hours 9-5pm Monday – Friday at Bay G, 3851 – 21 Street NE, Calgary, AB

Donate an item from our WISH LIST

  • Gift Cards to Rona, Lowes or other home improvement warehouses
  • French door for cat room
  • Industrial hose and spray nozzle
  • Extra large window for cat room
  • New energy efficient toilet 
  • 4xCritter/cat Cages can be found at the link below

Cat Cages

  • 3xCat quarantine banks can be found at the link below
Cat Quarantine Banks

  • 4 x Isolation Units for dogs & cats can be found at the link below

Isolation Units

  • Deep Freeze
  • Wall mounted TV for cat room
  • Industrial Sink/Wash basin
  • Two industrial size garbage bins
  • 6 x Ikea wardrobes for storage can be found at the link below:
  • 10 x Luxury Cat Runs can be found at the link below:

Luxury Cat Runs

  • 2 x Dog runs – (please contact AARCS if you are interested in helping with these runs as our runs are custom orders) . They can be found at the link below:

Dog Runs

Other Items in Need for the New Space:

  • Cat litter/boxes – all kinds, including pellets
  • Large rabbit cages/habitats
  • Timothy Hay
  • Rabbit shavings
  • Rabbit pellets/chews/toys
  • Pee Pads
  • Cat trees / scratching posts
  • AARCS Wish List
  • Amazon Wish list http://www.amazon.ca/registry/wishlist/1EVW3QAUI56C

For questions regarding the wish list please contact Lindsay Black at lindsay@aarcs.ca or calling the office at 403-250-7377

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank those who have donated goods, services and time to the project to date.

  1.  The volunteers who spend 300 hours over two days cleaning and painting!
  • Lorne Boychuk from Detail Drywall
  • Dav Sicilliano for the donation of a keyless entry lock
  • Dale and Kim Mendryk for the donation of new doors
  • Dav Sicilliano for the donation of a 750 square feet of flooring
  • Michael Lenz Blue Knight Developments and family for installing the flooring
  • Scott Ross for the donation of a gently used washer and dryer
  • John Stiles for the donation of warehouse shelving and a fridge
  • Mike Schmidt for electrical work
  • Heather Molyneaux for baseboards
  • Kor Irrigation and Landscape for manpower over two days
  • Mike Hamilton from Ackland Grainger for painting supplies
  • Kyle Sommerville for all your handy work!
  • Ben Jones & Star Concrete Floor Treatment for donating and installation of epoxy & urethane floor coating for the warehouse bay area valued at over $14,000. Check out their website

Rest In Peace Sweet Ariel

Only a handful of people got to meet Ariel, but she was loved by many at AARCS. Ariel was rescued on the weekend with a badly prolapsed vagina and bladder. The picture is to graphic to share. She was rushed to an emergency veterinary hospital where unable to assist with an injury so extensive that required specialist attention she was was taken to Western Veterinary Specialists. The amazing team of vets and techs there put everything they could into Ariel’s care. She underwent a three hour complicated and expensive surgery yesterday to repair her damaged body as well as two blood transfusions.
Ariel came of the surgery well and we were positively optimistic that she would soon be coming home. Sadly, the dreaded call from the vet clinic came in to report that Ariel slipped into cardiac arrest and although numerous attempts were made to revive her, she left us tonight for a better place. We are sadden and shocked, but we knew that we did everything possible to give her a chance at life.
To her rescuers… thank you for finding her that day. She didn’t die alone, cold and scared. You saved her life, she died peacefully knowing someone cared.
To the coordinators/volunteers who managed her care, who even though you never met her, loved her like your own.
To the veterinarians and techs who believed that her life was worth it, thank you for trying with all your heart to help her.
Rest in Peace sweet Ariel. Godspeed to the Rainbow Bridge.
If you would like to help AARCS help more animals like Ariel, please consider making a donation in Ariel’s name. We promise to make each penny count towards the care of stray, homeless and abandoned animals. Ariel’s bills will likely exceed $5000, but we believe that her life was worth saving and it saddens us when we try so hard and lose one. Thank you from all of us at AARCS.  Click HERE to donate today.

Volunteer and Foster Applications – Please Read

AARCS volunteer application and foster home applications have not been working for the past week….possibly. If you have applied to volunteer or foster in the last several days and haven’t received any response to your email, please email volunteer@aarcs.ca and/or foster@aarcs.ca. The forms should be working now. Thank you for your patience!

Thank you Calgary Foundation!

AARCS would like to say a huge thank you to the Calgary Foundation for granting $30,000 to Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society for our efforts during the 2013 Floods in Calgary, High River & Siksika when we assisted with helping people and their pets. Thank you to Calgary and area donors for your on-going support of our work!



January 2, 2014

We are once again amazed at the growth AARCS has seen with yet another year under our belt. Each day we strive to save as many lives as we can and to assist our community through our numerous programs. The final numbers have not been confirmed, but we did approximately 1115 adoptions in 2013, a 65% growth over 2012!

In addition, we cared for over 180 emergency foster care program animals, 26 medical care cases, over 285 spay/neuters for owned animals and helped 38 animals to the rainbow bridge. Over 2000 animals have passed through our doors either through one of our many programs or as a temporary stay before going off to one of our partner rescue organizations. Congratulations to everyone for making this all possible, we couldn’t have done it without you!

As we head into 2014 we currently have 338 animals in care – thank you to all the wonderful foster families who care for these animals as they would their own until their adoptive homes are found. We begin 2014 with these goals in mind:

-       Increase our adoption statistics an additional 25% in 2014, while maintaining the high quality standards we have of our adoptive homes

-       Increase Spay Neuter Assistance Program by an additional 25%

-       Increase our Medical Assistance Program by 25%

-       Increase number of foster homes by 10-20% and volunteers hours by 20%

-       Separate TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) from the SNAP program and develop further programs for humane solutions to large cat colonies

-       Develop a small animal program (gerbils, rabbits, birds, etc)

-       Develop a Strategic Plan for the future expansion of AARCS and the Safe Haven shelter

In order to achieve these goals we have a few announcements. We are pleased to announce that Tami Rambow will be starting as a permanent staff member in the role of Adoption Manager for AARCS. With the immense growth AARCS has seen we have attracted many new adoptive families and have seen a dramatic increase in adoptions. For every one adoption finalized we are screening on average 2.5 families. That’s over 2500 applications in a year! It seemed to be a natural progression to shift this position from a volunteer role to staff, as our biggest and most vital program.  Tami will be responsible for overseeing the management of the entire Adoption Program, including the Cat Program, and will work together with Tammy Pfiefer, Cat Adoption Coordinator, to ensure the growth and success of AARCS Adoption Program. Tami’s first official first day is today! Please join me in congratulating Tami on her position.

We also wanted to take this time to announce that Shaylene Jones will be taking over during Paula’s maternity leave as the Foster Home Manager as of the beginning of February. She will job shadow Paula for four weeks while she learns the ropes. Shaylene was chosen from many worthy applicants and takes on the huge task of intake and foster home coordination for both the dog and cat program. Please join me in welcoming Shaylene to her new role.

Finally, we are looking for the ideal candidate for a part-time role to assist with  operations at Safe Haven. With our goal of keeping the shelter at full capacity during 2014 between rescue intake and the SNAP program, we require the extra human resource to cover the vital morning shift and help support our shelter volunteers. We recognize that we have constantly struggled to maintain enough volunteers for the morning and noon shifts. This is because the majority of our volunteers do work full-time. This role will be vital to ensure the highest standard of animal care and to avoid burn out of our current volunteer force. However, we still need morning shift volunteers, this role will be your support when there are not enough volunteers available. In addition, this role will help maintain a safe and clean facility, including cleaning crates, maintaining a clean and organized back yard, and assisting inventory, cleaning and administrative teams when needed. If you are interested in applying for this position please send your resume and cover letter to admin@aarcs.ca.

Finally, I also wish to take this time to thank each and every one of our volunteers who makes the work we do possible. We couldn’t do it without you! You, together with your fellow volunteers, have put in approximately 25,000 volunteer hours in 2013! That is the equivalent of 12 full-time positions! The staff at AARCS is here to support YOU the volunteers – our greatest asset. Please don’t forget to log your volunteer hours with Rachel so we can keep a pulse on the organizational needs.

Thank you for being a part of AARCS and the amazing progress we have made in a few short years. We hope you will remain involved with AARCS now and for many years to come. Should you have any questions please feel free to call, email or stop by the Safe Haven.

Kindest Regards, 

Deanna Thompson

Executive Director

Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society


PH: 403-869-4694 


This is a portrait done of Penny. Here is her story. I was surrendered by my previous owner and lived outside with lot’s of brothers and sisters was tied up most of my life. I did not have much interaction with people during this time so I am very shy but I have made huge progress. The first few weeks of my foster care, I was afraid of venturing out of my kennel but now I quite enjoy the company of other dogs and people. I’m now very curious and love to follow the other dogs and people around the house and yard. My favorite spot in the house is lying on my bed and watching everything that’s going on around me. You are more than welcome to talk to me I have a good temperament but still shy of people that come close into my space. I will take gently a treat from your hand, and come to you when my name is called. I am house trained indoors and love being outside, good on my leash however need my distance. Be patient with me I’m still a little nervous and untrusting but believe me I have come a long way I have been told!

I would love to find my furever home, I’m looking for a small family or single person who has lots of time, patience and understanding as well someone who would be dedicated to my confidence building. Someone who can give me the love to trust all in due time, I know I’m worth every penny of it!

Penny would do very well if there was another dog(s) with a yard or acreage as she has always been among other dogs for company. Not too sure about being in a family with small children as she is very nervous if approached too quickly. Penny is playful outside yet relaxed in the house laying on her bed chewing on a bone.

This piece was provided by Norm Haldeman, a freelance artist who hopes you have an excellent day. You can find his website at The Echo Inside




Hey Everyone.  Thank you so much for all your donations and kind wishes.  We couldn’t do it without all of you.  Here is a link to the story in today’s Calgary Sun about Nero.

Today was tough day at AARCS. Even seasoned rescuers were shocked beyond belief. Meet Nero, a 7 week old puppy suffering from facial burns. He is currently at the emergency vet and they will put him under to clean the wounds on his face and ears. He will require weeks of recovery and, we hope, won’t have life long injuries to his eyes. We are trying to find out who did this, but it doesn’t look promising as he was found abandoned. We are thankful to those who found him and called us. If you could keep him in your thoughts we’d appreciate it and if you can spare, please donate to his care by clicking “donate to Nero“.  We provide tax receipts for all donations $20 and over.