Emergency Shelter Care Program

Our Emergency Shelter Care program provides assistance to individuals on a case-by-case basis to provide shelter for their animal(s) displaced due an emergency situation.  This may be an appropriate option for individuals who are no longer able to safely remain in their own homes due to physical, cognitive, and/or emotional violence or are displaced due to an emergency situation (ie house fire, flooding).  This program provides temporary foster care for family pets for a specified period of time.  Families can rest assured that while they get back on their feet that their pets are safe.

Many victims of domestic violence fear their animals are at risk if they leave and many significantly delay their escape to safety if it means leaving a family pet(s) behind.

Requirements for the Program

  1. All placements are on a case-by-case basis and we are not always able to accommodate every request.
  2. The program is designed to assist in emergencies and is a short-term placement program for a few days to a few weeks.  Unfortunately we are not able to provide long term foster care.
  3. All animals must be spay and/or neutered.  If the family is unable too, AARCS will assist in providing the veterinary care needed.

If you are in a situation and require emergency shelter care, please email us with all pertinent details to catmanager@aarcs.ca (cats) or dogmanager@aarcs.ca (dogs).
It is important to include information such as:
- why you require emergency care for your pet (s)
- when you expect to be able to take your pet(s) back into your care
- a description of your pet(s) (ie: age, size, if they have any health or behavioral issues or require special diets, etc)

We do our best to respond as quickly as possible, especially to emergency situations, however it can sometimes take 24-48 hours for us to get back to you during busy periods.