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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!!!


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“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!

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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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Dueling Pianos 2017


Thanks to your support, over $20,000 was raised at the 2017 Dueling Pianos!
Check out photos from the night!

When:  Thursday April 13, 2017 (Easter long-weekend!)
Time: Doors Open @ 6:30 pm | Pianos Begin @ 8:00 pm
Where: Aussie Rules (1002 37th Street SW, Calgary)
Price: $30 (Ticket includes Appetizers & Live Music)
About: Party the night away for AARCS with live entertainment of Dueling Pianos! Last year’s inaugural event was sold-out and raised over $17,000 for the animals in AARCS’ care!


• Silent Auction, 50/50, Raffles & Drink Specials •

 

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If you are interested in sponsoring AARCS Dueling Pianos, please contact Lindsay Black at Lindsay@aarcs.ca or by phone 403-250-7377.


Thank you to our Title Sponsor

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Thank you to our Gold Sponsor

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Thank you to our Silver Sponsor

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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.
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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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AARCS in Desperate Need of Financial Assistance

AARCS in Desperate Need of Financial Assistance Due to Mounting Vet Bills

Press Release

November 6th, 2016 – Calgary, AB – On October 28th, 2016 the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) received a call about a dog in desperate need of help. Rescuers headed out immediately and found Panzer, a 4 month old mixed breed puppy in a rural area of Alberta suffering from extensive damage to both his front legs. He was rushed back to Calgary where veterinarians assessed and suspected he had been attacked by a wild animal. Panzer’s right elbow was broken and left ulna was shattered. In addition, he was septic and severely anemic. Once stable, Panzer underwent surgery to repair both broken front legs — one so badly damaged the bone was sticking out of the skin.

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Panzer is one of over 500 animals in the care of the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society. He is now in an AARCS’ medical recovery foster home where he is receiving daily bandage changes and getting lots of love and attention. “He is the sweetest little dog and even though he has been through so much, he is still such a happy puppy,” says AARCS foster parent and Medical Manager, Ariana Lenz. “Thanks to AARCS, he is going to completely recover from this traumatic event.”

“The calls don’t seem to ever stop. We are currently dealing with 144 animals in need of medical care, and this is over and above basic spay/neuter and vaccines,” said Deanna Thompson, Executive Director of AARCS. “We don’t want to turn these animals away, but at some point we are going to have to unless we can raise more funds to pay the mounting veterinary bills.”

During Alberta’s hard economic times, many non-profits are feeling the effects. AARCS has already spent $785,000 in veterinary bills so far this year and expects that number to exceed one million before the end of the year. Paying for basic medical costs such as spay/neuter surgeries and vaccines are often covered by adoption fees, but having to deal with so many major medical cases has put the organization in the tough position of potentially having to turn away animals in need. “As the cold weather approaches, the number of animals in need will continue to increase. We need to raise additional funds to get us through the winter months,” says Thompson.

AARCS is reaching out to the public in hopes of garnering additional support to help get through these tough economic times and help animals like Panzer. If you would like to help, please consider donating to AARCS on their website at www.aarcs.ca/Donate. In addition, AARCS is hosting a fundraising event on November 19th at Vagabond in Calgary, tickets are $40 each or two for $70 and available on AARCS’ website www.aarcs.ca/DiamondintheRuff.

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For more information, please contact:

Deanna Thompson, Executive Director

Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS)

Bay G, 3851 – 21 Street NE

Calgary, AB T2E 6T5

Cell: 403-869-4694

Email: deanna@aarcs.ca

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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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10 Year Anniversary Celebration!

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When:  Saturday, November 19th, 2016
Time: 7:30PM – MIDNIGHT
Where: Vagabond, 1129 Olympic Way SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0L4
Price: $40 PER TICKET OR TWO FOR $70
About: Come celebrate our 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY with us! Each ticket comes with a free drink ticket and a small assortment of appetizers. Put on your cocktail dress, grab a date and put on your dancing shoes! We will have a DJ, beer and wine tastings, and a couple of surprises in store! This is an event you will not want to miss! More details to come!

★ Our Title Sponsor is BowDog Canine Specialists! Our additional Gold Sponsors are End Of The Roll, SH&E Systems Solutions Inc. and Servus Credit Union ★

During the evening of, we will be raffling off a 14 Karat white gold pendant and chain (by Studio Tzela) with a 4.736 Carat Rough Diamond. It’s a unique, one of a kind piece! Donated to help the Animals of AARCS by Troy Shoppe Jewellers 

Celebrate a decade of AARCS, with more years to come! It’s going to be an evening you’ll never forget!

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Since 2006, AARCS has rescued, rehabilitated and re-homed 9,000 ANIMALS, which is absolutely remarkable!


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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

 

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AARCS Jail n’ Bail – Sept 17 2016 – Calgary


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AARCS Jail n’ Bail 2016

The AARCS Jail ‘n Bail 2016 was a huge success thanks to all of you! All together we raised $60,000 for the animals of AARCS! It’s hard to believe, but these funds will cover ONLY ONE MONTH of our veterinary bills! Even after this, we’re still running at a $100,000 deficit for the year and are so thankful for this boost to help move us in the right direction!

This event would not have been possible without our event sponsors: Western Veterinary Specialist and Emergency Centre and Makami College and all of our other festival displays. A HUGE THANKS to our fantastic ‘Jailee’ participants and of course to each and every one of you who attended and/or donated to help bail them out of jail!!!

Thank you to the Calgary Police Service Officers who helped lock up our Prisoners of Love! We would like to extend another BIG thanks to Jay and Tank who raised just over $17,000 alone for #AARCS!

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When:  September 17, 2016
Time:  10 am – 4 pm
Where:  AARCS Safe Haven (Bay G, 3851 21 Street NE)
Price:  FREE!
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On Saturday, September 17th, 2016 the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society – AARCS will be hosting its third annual Jail ‘N Bail fundraiser! The event will be held at our Safe Haven shelter, (Bay G, 3851 21st Street NE) from 10am to 4pm. We will be jailing very special VIP’s in AARCS dog kennels (fur friends too!) and they will only be released when they have raised the pre-set amount of money to be bailed (or bail-out time if they aren’t so lucky)!
This family-fun event will have a street festival, kids area, food trucks, adoptable animals on site and more! Invite your friends and family and enjoy some fun under the sun!
*New this year* We will have a beer garden on site open from 10 am – 3 pm! Thank you so much to Molson Canadian for sponsoring!

THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS:

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Sponsorship and Vendor Booths available!

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Jail is FULL! You can apply for our waiting-list!


Bail Them Out!

Ivy McPhate | $2,250 BAIL Tamara O’Neill (Pug & Poodle) and Buttons the Amazing Foster Pup | $1,500 BAIL Robyn Pagenkopf & Sunny | $2,000 BAIL
Michelle Janzen Red-ee & Pebbles | $2,000 BAIL  Amber Bottrell & Maggie | $1,500 BAIL Brooke Jensen “Miss Teen Calgary” | $1,500 BAIL
Clarissa Stetten, Aragon & Opie | $2,500 BAIL Jay Jokisch & Tank | $15,000 BAIL Julie Brose, Luna & Chandler | $2,500 BAIL
Travis Deslaurier “Trav Beach Boy” | $1,500 BAIL Nirmala Naidoo, Jaidon & Coco | $1,500 BAIL Kelidh Hicks & Daxter (AARCS Adoptable Dog) | $2,000 BAIL
Pete the Plumber & Dino | $1,500 BAIL Sarah Keilbach | $2,200 BAIL Darlene Mckinnon | $1,500 BAIL
Krystal Stewart CJay 92 Host & Didi (AARCS Adoptable Dog) | $2,000 BAIL Julie Osiow, Dolly & Sally | $3,000 BAIL Jessica Churchill “Junior Miss Calgary 2016″ & Bella | $1,500 BAIL
Tamara Wrigley “The Calm Cat”
& Kittens
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 Jessica Shalanski & Sheila | $1,500 BAIL Curtis Manning – Calgary Roughnecks & Briarley | $5,000 BAIL
Trevor Cobb & Coheed | $1,500 BAIL Kelsey Moore – XL 103 Radio Host & Oliver, Grandpa Pug| $1,500 BAIL  Leane Ingram & Reece | $1,500 BAIL

 


EVENT FESTIVAL BOOTHS:

 

 

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