Assistance Programs

DOG HOUSE PROGRAM

AARCS Dog House Program helps provide animals living outside with insulated, durable, year-round shelter. Throughout the years, AARCS has delivered approximately 200 dog houses to animals without adequate protection from the elements.

Many of the animals helped through our Dog House Program have little or nothing to protect them from harsh weather. They have nothing to keep them safe and dry during rainstorms, frigid temperatures, howling winds and Alberta’s long winters. Our dog houses are built so the floor remains dry during even the wettest weather. They are insulated and are delivered filled with straw and/or wool blankets.

To help AARCS continue their efforts to keep dogs warm and continue the AARCS Dog House Program we need your help. Please consider making monetary donations, donating building supplies, or by volunteering your time to help build the dog houses.

Pet Food Assistance PROGRAM

AARCS mission for the Pet Food Assistance Program is to ensure all dogs and cats are receiving basic food need for a healthy, sustainable life.

AARCS distributes several hundred thousand pounds of pet food each and every year. This number is continually growing as we grow as an organization. First, we need to provide food to our 250+ foster homes for all of the foster animals they care for until they move on to their forever homes.

AARCS Pet Food Assistance Program has several facets within the organization with regard to food distribution. One area of the program is to provide pet food to the communities where we rescue and to which we provide support in other areas, such as spay/neuter assistance. Part of the Pet Food Program is also for low-income families or families that have found themselves in difficult times.

In order for AARCS to receive the amount of food necessary to sustain our Pet Food Assistance Program and feed all these animals, we receive donations from pet stores, pet food distributors, as well as the general public. We even take all open bags, so remember you can donate that bag of food your pet didn’t like or when you need to change brands.

Our Pet Food Program works in conjunction with our Humane Education Program, as well as our Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP). To be eligible for our Pet Food Assistance Program is that ALL ANIMALS in the home must be spayed/neutered. Additionally, to ensure we are able to help as many families as possible, each home may apply to receive assistance a maximum of four times over a 12 month period.

WE ARE LOCATED IN CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA and unfortunately do not ship. If you are not local, please try your local food bank or SPCA as they sometimes have a pet food program.

COVID-19 EMERGENCY CARE

AARCS is an animal welfare agency who believes in compassion and kindness. During the COVID19 crisis we understand that some members of the community will need assistance with their pets. Our goal is to ensure that pets remain in their homes and are making available emergency foster care and pet supply assistance to help our most vulnerable community members. We will try, within the organization’s capacity and ability, to assist our community during this time. Each person’s situation will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Before requesting assistance please ensure that you have exhausted all other avenues including friends, family, neighbours available to you during this time. Capacity and funding for this program are very limited.

It’s important to note that this program required a referral.

PROGRAM CRITERIA

  • Homeless and moving into an emergency, temporary housing facility that does not allow pets (requires written email referral from social worker, health authority or housing organization)
  • COVID19 positive and going into hospital and do not have friends or family to care for animals (with referral)
  • COVID19 positive staying at home, but caregivers cannot take care of my animals (allergies)
  • I’m am low income and in need of pet supplies

Our program is specific to cats, dogs, and some small animals (ie rabbits, hamsters). We do not have the ability to assist with ferrets, reptiles, birds, insects, or livestock but will do our best to refer to other organizations who may be able to assist

We are not accepting any walk-ins to the shelter and the building is locked. PLEASE DO NOT SHOW UP AT OUR SHELTER AS YOU WILL BE TURNED AWAY.