3 R's - Rescue Rehabilitate and Re-Home
AARCS rescues abandoned, abused and surrendered animals in rural areas where there are little or no animal control services, with a focus on our First Nations communities. Many of the animals we rescue are sick or injured and require extensive rehabilitation and medical care. We provide all necessary veterinary care, including surgeries for broke bones, treatment for ailments such as skin conditions, mange, gun shot wounds and parasites. Veterinary bills are by far our largest expenditure.
All the animals that come through our program are spayed or neutered and vaccinated prior to adoption. In addition, we provide our rescued animals with food, basic training, love and companionship while in the care of our volunteer foster homes as we search for suitable placement in forever, adoptive homes. AARCS volunteers endeavor to achieve stable emotional, psychological and physical health of each animal through rehabilitation and training to prepare them for a forever home.
This is Sulley, he was rescued along with his 6 sibling in spring of 2010. They all suffered terribly from demodex mange, which can occur if the immune system is compromised. Due to lack of food, shelter and medical care these young dogs would have suffered a terrible death had they not been rescued. It took between 6 months – 1 year and thousands of dollars in rehabilitation before we could put them up for adoption. Each one was loved dearly by their foster families as they helped them through their treatment and onto a life of a beloved family pet. Read Sulley's Full Story.
Help give dogs like Sulley a second chance at life. Please donate to this program.
Spay/Neuter and Disease Prevention Initiative
Fund Spay & Neuter Clinics
Hundreds of unwanted puppies and kittens are born each day in Alberta. Although we may not see them roaming the streets of our cities, they ARE out there. Despite attempting to rescue as many of these unwanted and homeless animals as possible we regretfully cannot rescue them all and many end up dying of starvation, disease or are killed.
The aim of a sustainable and accessible spay/neuter and vaccination program is to significantly reduce the number of animals and disease in select communities. This results in an overall improvement in the care, health and welfare of each animal and empowers communities to achieve long-term healthy relationships with their animals.
Through this program communities gain knowledge and understanding of the importance of physical, psychological and emotional well-being of pets. We have partnered with the Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force to assist in their onsite spay and neuter clinics and provide volunteers, equipment and financial support. In addition, we conduct our own wellness and spay/neuter programs throughout the year.
Prevent unwanted litters.
How you can help:
Help end the cycle of pet homelessness and prevent an unwanted litter - a donation of $250 will cover the cost for one dog to be spay or neuter, vaccinated, and de-wormed. Your donation goes much further than helping that one dog, it will prevent the birth of endless numbers of unwanted litters. Did you know that in a span of seven years ONE female dog and her off-spring can produce 67,000 puppies!?
Never buy a dog from a pet store, this only promotes irresponsible breeding and often supports puppy mills. Adopt – Don’t Shop!
AARCS fully supports and backs the efforts of Actions Speak Louder to end the sale of live animals in pet stores.
Spay/Neuter ALL of your animals and encourage everyone you know to do the same!
Donate to this program.
Emergency Shelter Care Program
In partnership with the YWCA and the City of Calgary, our Emergency Shelter Care program provides assistance to individuals to provide shelter 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. 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.
“The YWCA of Calgary provides women and children with a place to call home when they’re in crisis or transition.” YWCA of Calgary And AARCS is there to provide their family pets with emergency shelter too.
Please donate to this much needed program.
*AARCS believes there is an over population of animals in our country, therefore a requirement of this program includes a stipulation that all animals be spay and neutered. If the family is unable too, AARCS will assist in providing the veterinary care needed.
Emergency Medical Care & Crisis Fund
The Emergency Medical Care Program ensure funds are always available for costs incurred for emergency veterinary care, surgeries, specialists, equipment, overnight stays in veterinary hospitals and for ongoing medical interventions for recovering animals. We want to ensure that all animals identified as requiring intervention may be helped.
Albert was found as a stray kitten with a badly broken leg and tail. It is assumed he crawled into the engine of a vehicle to keep warm during the cold January nights. Pins were placed in his leg to assist in repairing the broken bones. Unfortunately, we were not able to save Albert’s tail and it had to be amputated. Alberta spent four months in recovery and was adopted into a loving forever home.
This fund allows AARCS to not only help our rescued animals when it comes to emergency medical treatment, but also to assist low-income individuals to address immediately medical concerns.
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Humane Education Program
The goal of this program is to create a compassionate and responsible community. It will teach children and youth how to care for their animals and develop a sense of responsibility for their welfare. By teaching children to act compassionately and respectfully towards animals we hope it will foster the same behavior towards themselves and each other.
An important part of the Education Program involves bite prevention and how to deal with stray animals, as well as prevention of disease and parasite transfer from animals to humans.
Donate to this program.