Navigating a Challenging Start to 2024
Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society Blog
by Kayli McClelland
1M ago
This year has been a busy one, and it only just began. The first two weeks of 2024 have proven to be both challenging and heartwarming for the team here at the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS). Since January 1, we have stepped up to take in an astonishing 218 animals, bringing the total number of animals currently in our care to more than 630 across our veterinary hospital, shelters and foster home network. Weathering the Storm The recent brutal cold that we’ve seen here in Alberta has put our teams into overdrive with many animals desperate to get in from the cold. Temperatures p ..read more
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Holiday Hazards and How to Avoid Them
Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society Blog
by Blogs
2M ago
Are you excited for the holidays?  Are you looking to add your fuzzy friend to the festivities?  We here at the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) don’t blame you for that.  Those of us here who foster, volunteer, adopt, and/or work here want to help you share the joyous times with your furry loved ones.  However, many people don’t know that there are some things that can be harmful for your furry companion.  Although the holidays are a lot of fun, they can be stressful times especially when it comes to your pet’s safety.  Fear not!  We will help yo ..read more
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Fostering Dogs FAQ
Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society Blog
by Kayli McClelland
2M ago
At AARCS, we believe in creating a compassionate world for all animals. Fostering is a vital part of our mission, providing temporary homes for animals in need while they await their forever families. In this blog post, we’ll address some common questions about fostering dogs with AARCS. When you’re feeling ready to foster, sign up at aarcs.ca/foster! No Dog Experience Required: A common question is whether or not prior dog experience is needed. The answer is simple: no experience necessary! Fostering is a great way to see if a pet is the right fit for your family without having to make a l ..read more
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Tito’s Handmade Vodka Grant
Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society Blog
by Amber Marleau
2M ago
We have been awarded a generous gift courtesy of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, known as the Vodka for Dog People, to aid our valuable community programs that keep pets in their loving homes. With Tito’s support, we can lend a hand to those in need. Below is an impact story worth sharing to highlight the importance of our support programs. ?  “Working as a Special Needs Educator, and animal lover, I have had many pets in my classroom over the years and bunnies have always been on my list of interest.  Then, in June of 2023, I came across a Kijiji ad from a lady that was desperate to ..read more
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PetSmart Transport Grant – Impact Story
Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society Blog
by Amber Marleau
2M ago
After an extensive four-month period of caring for animals displaced by the devastating wildfires, our teams successfully returned the last of the remaining owned animals to Little Red River Cree Nation at the end of September. With our large vans now empty in the far north, we seized the opportunity to extend assistance to a partner shelter. Northern Lights Regional Humane Society, facing significant capacity challenges and having to turn animals away, welcomed our offer to help. AARCS transport teams spent the night, and bright and early the following morning, they emptied the shelter ..read more
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Boundary Training
Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society Blog
by Blogs
4M ago
Often it’s not convenient having your dog in the kitchen when you cook. So we’re going to teach them that they’re not allowed past a certain boundary, into the kitchen. First, decide where these boundaries will be. If there are clear entry points, these are the best options. Often there will be flooring changes to mark the boundary (e.g. from wood to tile), but you can also put tape on the floor as a marker. This marker is more of a reminder for the humans & can be removed later. Stand on the kitchen side of the boundary & toss treats to your dog over the boundary If they try t ..read more
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Adoption Update – Scooby
Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society Blog
by Blogs
5M ago
“We adopted Scooby (Previously known as Canon) in August of 2022 after only fostering him for a short period of time. I fell in love with him instantly, it’s like a bond I can’t even explain. We had no idea if he’d like our other dogs, or how he would be with our children but as soon as he came into our home, it’s like we found the final piece to our puzzle. This boy is special and I knew that from the minute I laid eyes on him. We definitely weren’t looking to adopt another dog, we were just getting started on our fostering journey after I had already been volunteering at the AARCS sh ..read more
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Adoption Update – Hiccup
Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society Blog
by Blogs
6M ago
“I have had pets my whole life. Dogs, cats, hamsters, fish, birds. You name it. When I first moved out on my own the first thing I did was get a kitty to keep me company. Literally the same day I moved out, we unloaded the truck and then my roommate and I went and got a cat. My pets have always been a huge comfort to me, so when I found out about AARCS I signed up to start volunteering immediately and have now been volunteering for 8 years in all sorts of different roles. I currently have 3 cats of my own, although I jokingly say I have 2 and ⅔’rds cats as I have a very special kitty named ..read more
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Petsmart Adoption Prep Grant – Impact Story
Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society Blog
by Blogs
7M ago
In the summer of 2023, Wondergirl, Supergirl, and Stamp, along with their mom, were rescued with several stray dogs from a remote community by AARCS. The mother dog was severely undernourished, and though she produced milk, it wasn’t enough to feed her young ones. It remained uncertain whether she was their actual mother or if stress hindered her ability to care for them but we needed to intervene quickly.  Fortunately, the incredible support from our network of volunteers led us to a foster home willing to take on the responsibility of bottle-feeding these three adorable pups. The dedi ..read more
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Adoption Update – Scrabble
Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society Blog
by Blogs
7M ago
This is the story of a timid pup named Scrabble.  When she first arrived at AARCS she was so scared of people that she was apprehensive to get close to them.  Now her name is Dory and she is a happy and outgoing dog that is living her best life with her new furever family.  Although she still suffers from some nervousness and separation anxiety, this beautiful girl has taken steps to becoming a confident and vibrant pooch.  Just recently, she was in BC competing in a Barn Hunt competition in front of over twenty people watching and chatting! Not only was she being brave a ..read more
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