2017 Calendar Advertising

An opportunity for Sponsorship and Advertising

The Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) is preparing to launch the very popular annual Animal Rescue Calendar; featuring 12 stunning photographic/graphic portraits of AARCS rescued animals. All funds raised from sponsorship and calendar sales will go towards helping even more animals in need.

We are looking for companies/organizations to purchase advertising spots in the calendar to cover the cost to produce the calendars. By being involved, you will be helping us raise funds for animal emergency costs, veterinary care, food and supplies. In addition, corporate sponsors will gain brand recognition among our rapidly growing support base. Calendars will be distributed to local businesses for distribution. AARCS typically circulates over 1000 calendars.

Ads will be placed on each calendar page, rates and sizes are as follows:




Lindsay Black, Resource Development & Communications Coordinator

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Featured Volunteer: Shannon Cunningham

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AARCS Featured Volunteer:

Shannon Cunningham

A word from Shannon:

I started volunteering with AARCS just a little over 3 years ago. I can’t begin to explain how much joy I get from volunteering with this outstanding organization and surrounding myself with such incredible caring people. I had no idea that volunteering with AARCS would make such an impact on my life. I love doing my Dog Caregiver shifts at the shelter, training new volunteers and within the last year, I have also taken on the role as an Adoption Follow Up Coordinator. Between walking dogs, cleaning the messiest poopiest dog runs you can imagine, to giving warm compresses to a dog that has been quilled, and just wants to rest their head on your lap, to sitting with a scared dog and reassuring them that that it’s all gonna be ok, to cleaning some pretty stinky dog crates, and then getting mauled by a litter of puppies who give the sloppiest puppy kisses ever, to sharing my shelter knowledge and passion with new volunteers, to getting the most amazing updates on our adopted dogs. Every moment of it is very special to me. I love seeing the journey these dogs make, from the day they come through the shelter, then go to our incredible foster homes, to getting adopted. It’s so rewarding to receive the most touching updates about the dogs happy new life and that they have now found their “happily ever after”. It gives me a great feeling knowing that the small things I do truly matter to a dog and make a difference within the organization.
For animal lovers like me, animal rescue is the most incredible gratifying volunteer position I could have gotten involved in. It has been a great privilege to be part of the AARCS family. Seeing the devotion and selflessness that my fellow volunteers show each and every day and all the people who work tirelessly for the animals really warms my heart.
I believe whole heartedly in the mission of AARCS. “Changing Lives Through Kindness”. It’s so simple yet it can make such a difference in an animal’s life or a person you may not even know.
~ Be kind always…. Shannon =)

A word from our Volunteer Manager:

Our Volunteer of the Month for June is someone who we have been fortunate enough to get to know over the past three years. Shannon, has truly been a blessing to our AARCS Family!
Every week we get to see her here in the shelter working with the dogs sleeping over at Safe Haven. Her positive attitude and enthusiasm are evident when you get the chance to see her teaching a new volunteer the ropes! As some of you may know, AARCS follows up with every adoption. We have a huge team of very dedicated volunteers who send hundreds of emails every month! In addition to spending hours at the shelter every week, Shannon also participates in conducting these monthly follow ups!
Thank you Shannon for the years your have spent with us – we look forward to many more.
Rachel Howard
Volunteer Manager


AARCS Donations

Fort McMurray Evacuee Pet Supply Pick-up at AARCS​ – May 15

Pet Supplies in Calgary

Thanks to the overwhelming support of donations from Calgarians, AARCS has pet supplies to give away to Fort McMurray Evacuees with pets. WE ARE OPENING OUR DOORS ON SUNDAY MAY 15TH FROM 12 PM – 4 PM FOR DONATION PICK UP AT OUR SAFE HAVEN SHELTER (Bay G, 3851 21 Street NE, Calgary). We have everything including kibble, beds, crates, toys, leashes, collars, cat litter, litter boxes and more!

If you are unable to pick up the items yourself, please email as we have volunteers who have offered to do deliveries if needed.

AARCS has pet supplies for Fort McMurray Evacuees in EDMONTON!
Stop by anytime from 10 am – 6 pm at 14422-118 Ave in Edmonton.

AARCS Donations


Featured Volunteer: Janice Leask

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AARCS Featured Volunteer:

Janice Leask

A word from Janice:

I became involved about 7 years ago with various rescue’s and AARCS being one of them. My Love for animals has since brought me joy, laughter and tears through the years. I have 6 cats and 2 dogs whom I have since adopted into my family, some with medical issue’s and old age but could not imagine life without them.
I  behind the scenes search for animals who have lost their way in the city and country,  am part of  a great team  trapping feral cats throughout Alberta for a spay neuter and release program , fostering countless cats and dogs, rearing mama cats and kittens, bottle-feeding orphan kittens, picking up donations, rescuing cats from under decks and bushes and dogs running through traffic. Volunteering at ASNTF clinics when I can , transporting injured animals to veterinarians, and coordinating with other rescues.  I also manage, 25 plus  volunteers, and organizes a off site  shelter for AARCS cats which at times can house up to 40 plus cats.
My focus has and always will be the animals whenever and wherever I can make a difference in their lives. A quote from a friend “Her boundless energy, fierce commitment, hard work, and indomitable spirit are truly awe-inspiring. A true ambassador for an awe-inspiring organization”

A word from our Volunteer Manager:

Janice has been apart of the AARCS for several years and we have been so fortunate to have her as part of the family. As a longstanding volunteer of AARCS and the Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force, she was the easy choice to facilitate the cats being fostered at the ASNTF office. Janice oversees the care and volunteer coverage to care for these cats. Countless hours are spent both at the office and driving many of these cats to and from vet appointments. Janice has also cared for HUNDREDS of cats over the years as fosters in her own home. Moms and babies, bottle feds, pregnant moms, medical cats – you name it, she has done it! Janice is an incredible resource and wealth of knowledge to many of those foster homes, who may just be starting out or have taken on their first pregnant mom!We can not thank Janice enough for all of her hard work and dedication to the cats we are for!

Rachel Howard
Volunteer Manager


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Fabio, an AARCS Pupdate!


Letter from his Adoptive Family!

My husband and I are over the moon with Bruce (Fabio). He has been the best addition to our family. My husband works away quite a lot at the moment so it is just Bruce and I most of the time. He attends Marda Loop doggy daycare 2-4 times per week when I am working. I also pay my neighbors daughter $3 per visit to feed him/play with him time to time as well. I don’t want to sound bias but I can’t believe what a gentle loving old soul of a dog we have. He is just so affectionate and calm, no one can believe he is still a puppy. We have just started an 8 week private dog training course with Konfident Kanines. Larry is the trainer and he is wonderful, he is super old school and his training is not reward based. It is based on positive reinforcement and building a trusting and loving relationship with your dog.
Larry asked us, “Where did you get this beautiful boy from?” we told him AARCS. He said that Bruce is so calm and gentle and he is an old soul. We were very proud furbaby parents when we heard that.
Bruce has not really had many accidents inside and he does not chew. He sleeps with me upstairs on my bed, although he gets on and off though the night. He has a confinement room with a crate in the downstairs basement bathroom. I am starting to just leave him on the middle floor now though as he is such a good boy and we trust him in the house.
Honestly we could not have asked for a better furbaby, we love him SO much!

Sophie, Adoptive Mom!

Check out Flashback, Fabio!

VOTM - Mary Baker

Featured Volunteer: Mary Baker

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AARCS Featured Volunteer:

Mary Baker

A word from Mary:

I am honoured to be chosen as AARCS’ volunteer of the month. I am so very proud to be part of the wonderful AARCS family. My love of animals began – when I was born! I have always loved animals. I believe whole heartedly that all our animal friends deserve to be treated with love, care, respect, and compassion.

When I retired from teaching in 2014, I knew I wanted to contribute to our community in some kind of volunteer capacity. AARCS is my choice because I see how much this amazing organization cares about the welfare of animals and does everything it can not only to help animals, but educate people.

My work with the AARCS Education team is extremely rewarding. I experience firsthand the impact community outreach has on spreading the message of “changing lives through kindness”. I also love my shifts at the cat shelter, and I am currently fostering a sweet little kitty who is recovering from dental surgery. Every life that is saved brings me joy.

Thank you, AARCS, for making a difference and giving me the opportunity to make a difference, too!

A word from our Volunteer Manager:

We are pleased to announce our Volunteer of the Month, for the Month of March, Introducing Mary! Mary had been a part of the AARCS team since 2014, and has been active in many different areas, primarily participating in Education events and as part of our Cat Caregiver team.
As an experienced Cat Caregiver, Mary plays a huge part not only in the care of the cats while on shift, but also helps in the development and training of new volunteers!
In addition to that, Mary has been an amazing asset to our Education and Outreach Program. This program is is essential to delivering the message to youth on the importance of caring for animals!
We would like to thank Mary for all the time she has invested into the organization and the animals we care for! Thank you Mary!
Rachel Howard
Volunteer Manager


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Help AARCS #WinTheJackpot

AARCS has been selected as a finalist for #WinTheJackpot – AllStarSlots Charity Campaign!

Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society’s (AARCS) mission is “Changing Lives through Kindness” to create our vision of “A Compassionate World for All Animals.”

In Alberta, thousands of cats and dogs are homeless, abandoned, abused or living in horrendous conditions. We work closely with rural and First Nations communities where there is limited to no animal services.

In 2015, AARCS took in over 2,000 cats and dogs. We cared for them by providing medical care, spaying/neutering, vaccinating and then found their forever families. AARCS also has assistance programs such as Spay/Neuter, TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) for Cats and Emergency Medical Assistance.

Please vote for AARCS and help us win, so we can continue to rescue animals in need!

More information about the contest:

  • The $5,750 charity fund will be split three ways: 1st place will receive $5,000, 2nd place will receive $500 and 3rd place will receive $250.
  • Visitors to the website will be able to vote for their charity of choice and the winners will be decided by the most votes. Only one vote per person, per device is allowed.
  • Voting will be open from February 8, 2016 until the March 8, 2016.
  • The winners will be announced March 15-19, 2016 by a blog post on the site
  • Official Terms and Conditions



March 24 Dueling Pianos Event

When: Thursday March 24, 2016
Time: Doors Open 6 pm | Entertainment Begins 7:30 pm
Where: Aussie Rules Piano Bar 1002 37th Street SW, Calgary
Price: $30/Ticket TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!

18+ Event

Silent Auction, 50/50, Raffles, Complimentary Appetizers (vegetarian), Drink Specials and more!

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Muttley Crüe

PoorBoy Tire

While Away House Sitters & Pet Care Inc.

To donate a silent auction item, or sponsor the event, please email (see below poster for more information)



Sponsorships Available:

Title Sponsor $2,000 (Available to 1 sponsor only)

  • Recognition on event poster which will be advertised in the following ways:

o   On the AARCS website with a direct link to your company website

o   On the AARCS Facebook (with 64,000 followers) and Twitter accounts for 6 weeks prior to the event and 2 posts on the week of the event
o   Emailed to all AARCS volunteers, foster homes and newsletter subscribers
o   Distributed at AARCS events prior to the event|o   Displayed in various locations around Calgary and area

  • Company banner, brochures and business cards displayed at the event
  • Company logo displayed at each table at the event
  • Four tickets to the event
  • Opportunity to speak at the beginning of the event
  • Recognition at the event by AARCS host on stage
  • A thank you post on AARCS Facebook and Twitter accounts following the event 

Corporate Sponsor $1,000 (Available to 4 sponsors only)

  • Recognition on event poster which will be advertised in the following ways:

o   On the AARCS website with a direct link to your company website
o   On the AARCS Facebook (with 64,000 followers) and Twitter accounts for 6 weeks prior to the event and 2 posts on the week of the event
o   Emailed to all AARCS volunteers, foster homes and newsletter subscribers
o   Distributed at AARCS events prior to the event
o   Displayed in various locations around Calgary and area

  • Company logo displayed at each table at the event
  • Recognition at the event by AARCS host on stage
  • A thank you post on AARCS Facebook and Twitter accounts following the event

AARCS acknowledges that every company has specific preferences with regards to the benefits it hopes to gain from becoming involved in an event. While the section above highlights some of the key advantages to becoming involved, we would be happy to discuss additional requests with prospective sponsors. 

Silent Auction Items

A crucial part of the evening is the Silent Auction event! We are currently looking for companies willing to donate a package, item or gift certificate to be auctioned off during the event to raise funds for AARCS.

To donate a silent auction item, or sponsor the event, please email


Sparky’s Story

The Alberta SPCA received a call about Sparky on a Monday morning. It was reported that a few days prior Sparky had had some quills removed from his muzzle. By Sunday he was unable to eat or drink without gagging and by Monday morning he was unable to use his back legs.


“When I first saw Sparky he was lying motionless wrapped in a blanket, his eyes were wide open but he didn’t move at all when I approached, quite unusual for a young puppy. His eyes were bright and he didn’t look ill or have problems breathing and as I looked him over there were no obvious injuries or wounds that I could see, but any movement or manipulation of his body caused him to cry out with heartbreaking sounds of pain. He attempted to stand but immediately fell over it was clear he needed immediate medical attention. Once we arrived at the vet clinic his vitals were taken and to our surprise seemed to be fairly normal. The veterinarian examining him could not find any obvious injuries, including quills that may have been overlooked. An X-ray was taken of his spinal column but there were no obvious breaks or bone trauma. At this point we suspected he may have been hit by a car and sustained nerve or soft tissue damage which may not bode well for his recovery. The veterinarian recommended 72 hours of rest and anti-inflammatories along with pain medication. I left Sparky at the vet clinic to be monitored for improvement over the next 72 hours. As Sparky had been surrendered I had to find him a caretaker. I knew he was going to need someone who could devote a lot of personal attention and care to recover, as well as do everything to save this young puppy who had barely had the chance to experience life. I contacted the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society and without hesitation they agreed to take Sparky. When I returned to the vet clinic 3 days later, Sparky had made some small improvements. He was able to take a few steps before beginning to stagger and lay down. But of great concern was that he held his head at an awkward angle and had a tendency to curl one of his paws under so that the top of his paw made contact with the ground. I was very concerned for his potential to recover but knew he would be in good hands.” - Angie, SPCA Officer

Angie then brought him into Safe Haven and transferred him into the care of the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society. It was later discovered that Sparky had an abscess deep beneath his skin from a previous dog bite. The fluid from the abscess was putting so much pressure on his spine, it had the paralysis effect. Once the abscess was found and relieved, he was able to regain full function and movement was no longer an issue. He became his happy-go-lucky self again and went up for Adoption! It didn’t take long for the perfect family to come along, they applied and adopted Sparky, now Fergus, over the Christmas Holidays. We wish Fergus the best in his new, loving home!


If you wish to make a donation to help AARCS Rescue Animals in need, we would greatly appreciate your support


Two of the eight puppies!

First 2016 Rescue Mission!

BREAKING NEWS! This just in! Litter-ally ;)

You know that feeling when you win the big lottery… Well we don’t either, but the very next best thing to winning the lottery is to rescue eight puppies from the freezing cold!! Late yesterday, AARCS got a call about some very young puppies and a skinny mom living underneath a step. These puppies are only about five days old.

When our AARCS Rescue Crew found them, they were all shivering from the cold. They put them in a warm crate with blankets inside the truck within minutes. With all the pups and mom safe and secure, they headed back towards AARCS Safe Haven. However, as luck would have it, another call came in with information about another pregnant stray dog. Off they went! That’s a story for a another day ;)

Foster • Adopt • Volunteer • Donate

Once all of the animals are vaccinated, spayed/neutered and are medically and physically ready – they will be put up for adoption on our website.



Stray dog and pups rescued before overnight snowfall