AARCS’ mission is to improve the lives of animals by rescuing and providing sanctuary to abandoned, surrendered or abused animals; assisting communities to achieve healthy and respectful relationships with animals; promoting responsible and compassionate guardianship and advocating on behalf of all animals.
We envision AARCS to be the nation’s leading animal welfare organization by spearheading Canada’s efforts to eliminate animal cruelty and homelessness. Through this initiative, AARCS will work to ensure every animal has adequate food, shelter, kindness and companionship.
AARCS was founded in 2006 and is comprised of a network of individuals and families concerned about the welfare of animals in the province of Alberta. Our volunteers range in age from young children to seniors and all are animal lovers who are looking to make a difference.
We started with our Rescue, Rehabilitate & Re-home program. This program involves rescuing animals and placing them in the safety of our foster home network while awaiting suitable placement in permanent adoptive homes. These animals are provided with all the necessary veterinary care, as well as food, rehabilitation, training, kindness and support.
We have expanded our operations to include additional programs including Spay/Neuter & Disease Prevention Initiative, Emergency Medical Care Program, Emergency Shelter Care Program, Humane Education Program, Dog House Program and Pet Food Program.
In 2012, we opened our first shelter in northeast Calgary, which is designed to provide temporary housing, emergency shelter and quarantine for animals. It also provides us with office and meeting space, as well as storage.
Animal homelessness and cruelty against animals impacts not just the animals, but people too. The formidable quest to end animal suffering is compounded by the sheer number of animals in our communities. AARCS firmly believes that improving the lives of animals, educating the public about animal care and promoting spaying and neutering leads to a happier and healthier society. The communities where AARCS focuses its efforts generally have very limited animal services. We collaborate with communities to regain control of their animal population. These initiatives including facilitation of free pet food, free spays/neuters and education programs.
As a member of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies and World Society for the Protection of Animals, AARCS strives to promote animal welfare and together are committed to preventing the suffering and cruelty to animals and instill in people, empathy, compassion and appreciation for all living things.