open doors MATCHING CAMPAIGN

UNLOCK  OPPORTUNITY!

DONATION MATCH CAMPAIGN UP TO $50,000!

Be part of this exciting milestone and help AARCS open a shelter in Edmonton for homeless animals!

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Three amazing supporters Heather Waddell, the Chartrand Family and the Pritchard Family have come together and pledged to match your donation dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000! We are eternally grateful for their support and confidence in our amazing team who, despite the unpredictable delays of the pandemic, are still working hard to ensure the North Haven project moves ahead and is ready for animals in 2020. This is an unbelievable opportunity for us to raise the funds necessary to build the capacity to help even more animals.

They have CHALLENGED YOU to show your support for the animals, AARCS and the opening of this facility by agreeing to MATCH YOUR DONATION! 

So for every $1 you donate, they will donate $1. Your $50 = $100, $100 = $200, $1000 = $2000!

HOW IT WORKS!

Raising $50,000 can be daunting, so we thought we’d have some fun while we work towards this lofty goal through our North Haven Opening Doors Campaign! In order to unlock each door below, we need to raise just $5,000 – 10 times! When we reach each $5,000 increment, the door will open and reveal a surprise video or story and a prize!  Ever wanted to see a day in the life of a Shelter Veterinarian or bottle-fed bunnies? Now is your chance!

BONUS!

You will be entered to win a “Door Prize,” which will be drawn from the names of all the people who have donated towards that specific door opening. Stay tuned and contribute to each door as we reach the targets and you will be entered each time, increasing your chances to WIN! (minimum $10 donation to be entered in the giveaway). Prizes include AARCS swag, gift certificates and much more from the sponsors listed at the bottom of this page.

We couldn’t do this important work without your generous support. We are not government funded and every dollar you contribute will go towards providing a safe place for homeless animals to lay their heads — a place where many will,  for the first time, feel the gentle hand of someone who cares and where they will have fresh water and nutritious food to fill their empty stomachs. In addition, individual donations of $100 or more are eligible for recognition on our donor wall to be displayed in the new North Haven.

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UNLOCKED DOORS

[ $5,000 DOOR 01 UNLOCKED! ] 🔓

WINNER of a $30 Hearts Choices gift card is RUTH S.! For that, you’ve UNLEASHED
the Tail of PROSECCO the Kitty! 🐱
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This affectionate little man came into AARCS recently with a devastating injury. Prosecco had been attacked by a dog which caused a serious break in his front leg. 😔 He’s just 6-months-old…STILL A KITTEN and has already gone through so much trauma! Sometimes life just isn’t fair. 💔 Although our precious little Prosecco has been so brave through it all we decided the best course of action was to move forward with an amputation surgery, instead of repairing the leg. Our once four-legged-feline is learning how to be a tripawd as well as get back to his typical kitten-self! That is, after some much-needed love and affection of course! 😊 

We’re happy to report Prosecco is now doing really great, minus a few hairballs mixed with bits of toys! Ooops! 😬 Although he is still adjusting to life as a three-legged-kitty, we have no doubts that he will be back to his important kitten tasks such as chasing string, zooming around and attacking shoes. Until then, Prosecco continues to be an affectionate, lovable soul that has won over all our hearts. 💖

Prosecco is just one of the thousands of animals AARCS assists each year. 🐶🐱 You can help us expand our reach by helping us OPEN DOORS at AARCS North Haven in Edmonton! 📍

If you want to be entered to WIN again, be sure to DONATE MEOW for the next round of giveaways!

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WINNER of a $125 gift card to Tony Roma’s Steakhouse Restaurant is Cathy M.! For that, you’ve UNLEASHED the Tail of Baby Bunnies SWEET PEA and RHUBARB! 🐰🐰🚪🔑

SO MUCH CUTENESS IN TWO SMALL PACKAGES! They are beyond EARresistible! 🐰

AARCS just rescued four incredibly cute bunnies. Abandoned, young and scared, these bun-buns were in dire need of our help. 💔  It is not very often that AARCS rescues bunnies but when they have nowhere else to go, we open our doors. 🚪

Meet SWEET PEA and RHUBARB, two of the rescued bunnies. 🐰🐰  These kits are VERY young but have already been through SO MUCH. One of our veterinary clinic staff has taken them home to monitor their recovery and give them lots of love and care. 💗  SWEET PEA is the bunny being syringe fed. This wee little babe is JUST 3-weeks-old! Unfortunately she sustained an eye injury resulting in multiple corneal ulcers. 😔  The good news is she’s in VERY good hands and we are doing everything we can to save her eye. 🤞 The other brave baby bunny, RHUBARB, is being monitored and treated for severe malnourishment. 💔  These little honey bunnies have completely won our hearts as they continue their road to recovery and happy lives. 💖

Fur-tunately the other two bunnies, Poptart and Shreddies, were healthy and are now in loving foster homes! 🏠  Soon they will be available for ad-HOP-tion so keep an eye out for them at aarcs.ca/adoptable-critters. 💗

SWEET PEA, RHUBARB, POPTART and SHREDDIES are just four of the thousands of animals AARCS assists each year. 🐶🐱🐰  You can help us expand our reach by helping us OPEN DOORS at AARCS North Haven in Edmonton! 📍

If you want to be entered to WIN again, be sure to DONATE MEOW for the next round of giveaways!

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WINNER of a $50 gift card to World Bier Haus 1410 (and other Calgary restaurants) is Katarzyna Z.! For that, we bring you the Tale of TIC TAC — An Underdog’s Story! 🐶🚪🔑

It’s hard to believe that Tic Tac has been in AARCS’ care for almost two months now. This giant love bug has been an absolute ray of sunshine, even in the darkest of times. ☀️

It feels like just yesterday Tic Tac was rescued and everyone’s heart ached for him. 💔  He had been attacked by another animal and suffered deep extensive bite wounds all over his head and limbs. It was clear Tic Tac was in urgent need of serious medical care and love. Thanks to our AMAZING medical team, volunteer caregivers, staff and generous supporters, he got just that. 💕  In such a short period of time he has made a remarkable recovery! Unfortunately, this is not the end of Tic Tac’s difficult journey — he still has a long way to go. 😔  We are currently working on fighting deep infection from the bite wounds. As a result, his tissues have been severely damaged. Though he has started to heal, the severity of the infection will take quite some time to resolve. Tic Tac is spending his days recovering in a LOVING foster home. Here is a quick note from them:

Tic Tac is doing fantastic! He had his stitches out and ‘cone-of-shame’ removed and he’s LOVING LIFE! 🐕  His favourite things include cuddles and spending time in the backyard. 🌲  Now that his wounds have healed he’s able to explore more and more on his walks. SO MANY new smells to enjoy! 👃 He’s a real sweetheart and we couldn’t ask for a more wonderful foster dog.” — 💌  Tic Tac’s Foster Family.

TIC TAC is just one of the thousands of animals AARCS assists each year. 🐶🐱 You can help us expand our reach by helping us OPEN DOORS at AARCS North Haven in Edmonton! 📍

If you want to be entered to WIN again, be sure to DONATE MEOW for the next round of giveaways!

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WINNER of a $75 gift card to Notable Restaurant is Mona H.! For that, you’ve UNLEASHED
A Day in the Life of Our VET CLINIC STUDENTS! 🐶🐱
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Did you know AARCS Safe Haven has an in-house Veterinary Hospital? 🏥  On average, we see 3,500 animals EACH YEAR! This would not be possible without not only our hard-working staff but also our dedicated and caring VETERINARY STUDENTS. 💓

AARCS provides real-world opportunities for Veterinary Students allowing them to nurture their passion for helping animals. 🐶🐱🐰  During each school semester, our clinic will host, on average, eight students. We create a rich and practical environment for these students to learn and grow within their careers, enhancing their knowledge and experience. ✨

There are three main types of students AARCS works with: VMR (Veterinary Medical Receptionist), VOTA (Veterinary Office Technical Assistant) and AHT (Animal Health Technologist), and we accept students from ALL levels of experience. Each student that comes through our doors completes an average of 160 hours of clinic time. MEOWZA! 😻  During this time they get to learn the in’s and out’s of the clinic —  everything from animal-handling exams, assisting with surgical prep to the cleaning and maintenance of the clinic (the glamorous and not-so-glamorous tasks of animal care). 🥼  We also allow Veterinary Students to complete their internships and externships at AARCS Veterinary Hospital. 😻  These students do physical exams, help with diagnostics and can perform surgeries under the supervision of our staff veterinarians.

Our students work closely with our incredible medical team including Veterinary Doctors, Registered Veterinary Technicians and Technician Assistants. 🩺  These mentors are able to guide the students through the difficult but very rewarding task of caring for neglected, abused and abandoned animals. 🐕🐈  AARCS is incredibly grateful for our hard-working and dedicated students. THANK YOU for helping us provide love and the best care for each individual animal that comes through our doors! 💚

By expanding into Edmonton, we will have the opportunity to continue to educate many more students that have dedicated their career to helping animals in need. 🐶🐱 You can help us expand our reach by helping us OPEN DOORS at AARCS North Haven in Edmonton! 📍

If you want to be entered to WIN again, be sure to DONATE MEOW for the next round of giveaways!

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WINNER of a LUG® Wallet is Kathleen O.! For that, you’ve UNLEASHED
TULELO’S REMARKABLE TALE! 🐱
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IT’S OFFICIAL, Tulelo has been ADOPTED after FIVE MONTHS in AARCS care! 😺💓

Tulelo’s tale started when she accidentally escaped her owner’s home as a young kitten. While out on the streets as a stray, she somehow tragically got her arm stuck in her collar. For many painful months her arm was wedged in this extremely uncomfortable position, until eventually the collar wore through her skin. 💔

When Tulelo arrived at AARCS, she was malnourished and in extreme pain. In an effort to save Tulelo’s arm, the AARCS Vet team wanted to perform a procedure called an Axial Pattern Flap — similar to a skin graft. Our medical team needed to prepare her skin for the procedure and after five long months, it was finally time for her surgery. 💖  The operation to close up her large open wound was our last-ditch effort to save her leg. At first we were unsure if it would work, but Tulelo finally had some much-needed good luck 🍀 and WE SAVED HER LEG! 🙌 

During Tulelo’s healing process, one of our volunteer veterinarians took her home for monitoring and to provide her with LOTS OF LOVE! 🥰  The two ended up being a PURRFECT match and she decided to adopt Tulelo! 💓  Now we know this sweet angel will forever get the love and care she deserves.😻

A HUGE THANK MEW goes out to our veterinary staff who continually go above and beyond to provide THE BEST care possible for ALL the animals in AARCS care. 🙏🏻  Your dedication and kindness changes lives 💕

Tulelo is just one of the thousands of animals AARCS assists each year. 🐶🐱 You can help us expand our reach by helping us OPEN DOORS at AARCS North Haven in Edmonton! 📍

If you want to be entered to WIN again, be sure to DONATE MEOW for the next round of giveaways!

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WINNER of a $50 Tony Roma’s gift certificate is Katelyn M.! For that, you’ve UNLEASHED
“IT TAKES A VILLAGE” — a behind-the-scenes peek with AARCS volunteers and staff! 🐶🐱
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Many of us are familiar with the proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The truth is, it takes a village to achieve just about any meaningful change in our world — including making a difference in the lives of abused, abandoned and homeless animals. 🐾

Each year 3,500 animals come into AARCS care, mostly from rural Alberta. AARCS volunteers travel all across the province providing assistance in communities that have limited access to animal services. These dedicated animal lovers drive endless hours transporting injured and homeless dogs and cats to our Safe Haven shelter in Calgary where they receive the best veterinary care, a warm safe place to lay their heads and food for their bellies. 💗  Once medically ready, our network of foster homes look after their needs and love them as if they are one of their own, until they are adopted. 🐕 🐈  We could not do what we do without the dedicated help from our village of volunteers, staff and supporters. 💚

Despite the pandemic, AARCS doors remained open. 👐  Since March, over 1,300 animals have come through the doors. AARCS hopes to open the doors to their Edmonton location, North Haven, this fall. 🚪🔑  The facility will be home to an adoptions centre and provide temporary sheltering to animals travelling to Safe Haven in Calgary. 

We hope you enjoy this behind-the-scenes view of our Village. 💚

“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.” 🌎  — Karen Davison 

By expanding into Edmonton, we will have the opportunity to continue to save animals in need. 🐶🐱 You can help us expand our reach by helping us OPEN DOORS at AARCS North Haven in Edmonton! 📍

If you want to be entered to WIN again, be sure to DONATE MEOW for the next round of giveaways!

OPEN DOOR PRIZE SPONSORS

GREAT BIG THANKS goes out to our prize sponsors for helping us provide opportunities for homeless animals but also valuable gifts for our kind, dedicated supporters! More prize sponsors coming soon!

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To get more information on how you can help through gift-in-kind donations, sponsorship opportunities or more please email [email protected].

As a registered charity, AARCS will issue tax receipts for eligible gifts (financial or in-kind) valued at $20 or more.

Together We Can Change Lives!

We are here to end animal suffering, and help foster a compassionate world for all.