More home­less an­i­mals driv­ing up shel­ter costs

An­i­mal Res­cue Care So­ci­ety ask­ing pub­lic for help

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The Al­berta An­i­mal Res­cue Care So­ci­ety is ap­peal­ing for do­na­tions as the shel­ter faces mount­ing costs due to an in­flux of home­less an­i­mals.

Deanna Thomp­son, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor with the so­ci­ety, said AARCS has brought in nearly 200 cats and dogs in the past few weeks, boost­ing the to­tal num­ber of an­i­mals in care to more than 600.

“We work at ca­pac­ity most times, but this is kind of over and above what we are used to,” she said.

“We did see the calls start to in­crease when the (cold) weather came. We thought maybe now that it’s nice out, maybe it would die down a bit, but it just hasn’t.”

The so­ci­ety cur­rently has 200 an­i­mals avail­able for adop­tion, with an­other 400 in fos­ter care al­most ready for a for­ever home.

“That’s 600 mouths to feed, that’s 600 spay-neuters, vac­cines, mi­crochips — it gets ex­pen­sive,” Thomp­son said. “It’s tough to care for this many an­i­mals, and the last thing we want to do is say no to an an­i­mal.”

A go-to shel­ter in the Cal­gary area, AARCS has its own on-site vet­eri­nary hos­pi­tal, cur­rently car­ing for 125 an­i­mals with var­i­ous med­i­cal con­di­tions. One of the new in­takes, Car­son, a bor­der col­lie cross, was hit by a car, leav­ing the dog suf­fer­ing from ex­ten­sive road rash and a dis­lo­cated hip.

The so­ci­ety is car­ing for 314 cats and dogs less than six months old. There are nine moms with pup­pies, a lit­ter of or­phaned pup­pies, seven moms with kit­tens and nine or­phaned kit­tens.

“It seems to be a lot of the younger ones right now,” said Thomp­son.

“We nor­mally get a lot more adult dogs that need to be re­homed. We do care for a num­ber of young an­i­mals, but right now, es­pe­cially this time of year, it’s a lit­tle bit un­usual — usu­ally we see the in­flux in the spring. Part of it may be that adop­tions are down, so we’ve got more in be­cause we don’t have the adopters there.”

AARCS is hope­ful Cal­gar­i­ans will step for­ward to adopt some furry friends or do­nate to help them care for the ones they have.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit aarcs.ca.

Deanna Thomp­son, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor with the Al­berta An­i­mal Res­cue Care So­ci­ety, said nearly 200 cats and dogs have ar­rived in the last few weeks, boost­ing to­tal num­bers to more than 600 an­i­mals in care.

The Al­berta An­i­mal Res­cue Care So­ci­ety is car­ing for 314 cats and dogs less than six months old, in­clud­ing nine or­phaned kit­tens.

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