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.

Huge Thanks to Global Pet Food Stores of Alberta

Our heartfelt thanks to Global Pet Food stores of Alberta and their customers for coming together to support families and their pets effected during the flooding in Southern Alberta. Today, AARCS and Calgary Humane Society were each presented by Northmount Global Pet Food Store with a cheque for $5,881.18 for a total of almost $12,000 raised for the animals! 

Huge Thanks to Canadian Tire!!

AARCS Would like to thank Canadian Tire at 9940 Macleod Trail South East Location.
Their continued support by having our cash cans at each of their tills, has helped us to raise thousands of dollars in Canadian Tire money, as well as large cash donations.
This greatly helps the deserving animals in our care.  Special thanks to Cory, Alex and Miranda, the managers that have made this possible.  Make sure to stop by their location for any of your Canadian Tire needs!  


This coming weekend AARCS will be attending a three day clinic with the Alberta Spay and Neuter Task Force. We are expecting a large number of surrendered animals and in order to accommodate we need more foster homes for both dogs and cats.

If you have ever thought of fostering, now is the time.  Please email foster@aarcs.ca to become a dog foster home today and cats@aarcs.ca to become a cat foster home.  Without families just like you, we could not rescue these homeless animals that are in desperate need of help.  AARCS provides everything you need including, food, blankets, toys, litter, etc.  In addition, all the medical and veterinary costs are covered.  All you have to do is provide a loving home for a homeless animal until we can find their perfect adoptive home.


10. Animal companionship without a lifetime commitment.

9. Animals that have endured hardship can really use a loving home, one in which they can get used to living with people again.

8. Fostering provides a great lesson to your children about compassion, nurturing, and generosity and it’s a wonderful, life-affirming experience for an entire family, a couple, or a single individual.

7. If you already have one or more animals, one more won’t make a difference to you, but it sure will make a difference to the animal who otherwise might not have a second chance at life.

6. Fostering increases the likelihood of adoption and dramatically reduces the chances of an animal being returned.

5. Increased “human interaction” greatly helps foster animals who often come from neglectful or abusive situations… and let’s not forget what “animal interaction” can do for you.

4. You undoubtedly will get attached but when you meet the new family that’s ready to provide a permanent, loving forever-home for the animal you helped rescue through fostering, you will feel more than satisfied to see him move on to his new life

3. It’s fun!!!

2. You get to show and teach your foster animal what it is to be a happy, loved family pet.

1. More foster homes means more animals rescued and that means more lives saved.