AARCS overrun by sick and injured animals seeks donations

The Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) is calling for help after rescuing an unusually high number of sick and injured animals this year. AARCS executive director Deanna Thompson says the organization currently has 50 cats and dogs under medical care. Recent rescues with serious problems — including 13 animals who required surgery dogs with mange and parvo (a contagious bowel infection deadly to dogs) and two cats who needed eyes removed — have pushed the society’s emergency medical bills to over $50000 this month.

“It’s pretty average for us to bring in 150 animals a month. Why there’s so many sick and injured is really unknown…. We seem to have more and more phone calls about injured animals and of course the costs can be astronomical” says Thompson.

She points to a specific case in which a six-month-old puppy was brought in from Wetaskiwin over the May long weekend emaciated with an infected facial wound a broken leg that must be amputated and several bullets lodged in his body. They have named the puppy “Lenny.”

“It’s very concerning. This poor little guy’s been through a lot in his short little life” she says.

In November 2013 AARCS also rescued a seven-week-old puppy that had suffered severe facial burns and was found in a Saskatchewan work camp. That dog has since recovered and been adopted.

AARCS rescues animals from rural areas and provides free spay and neuter clinics on Alberta First Nations reserves. It is asking for donations of money dog food gasoline vouchers and cleaning supplies to help care for the above average number of sick and injured animals and the 400 healthy animals already in its care at the AARCS shelter and foster homes. None of the dogs are those confiscated from a home in Acadia on May 14.