- ask the owner
- be calm
- face your palm down when you hold out your hand
- let them sniff you to get familiar with you
The biggest thing we learned was that our whole group shouldn’t approach a dog all at once.
Adrianna showed us the AARCS website which you can access in the links at the bottom of this post. We learned many things about the organization that we hadn’t known before.
- AARCS only rescues dogs and cats; last year they rescued 1000-1500 dogs!
- animals are only kept at Safe Haven for a short time and if they are very sick and need more care; when Adrianna and Robin were at our school, there were about 15 animals at Safe Haven
- foster families take the dogs and cats into their homes until they are healthy and ready to be adopted; there are about 400 dogs and 400 cats in foster care right now
- the animals are not adopted until they find a “FOREVER HOME”
- all the dogs are spayed or neutered before they are adopted
On the “Adoptable Animals” page you can find the pictures and stories (written by the foster families) of the animals that are ready to be adopted. In order to adopt a furry friend, a few things have to happen:
- you have to fill in an application that asks you a lot of questions to make sure you are the right person for the animal
- you have a phone call from someone at AARCS who asks you some more questions
- the foster family will set up a time for you to go to meet the animal (your whole family has to go!)
- there will also be a visit by the foster family and the animal to your house
- IT HAS TO BE THE PERFECT FIT!
We also found out that even kids can take action to help AARCS and the animals there, by looking at the “Get Involved” page on the website. Some of the ways that kids can get involved are: help to gather things from their wish list, volunteer your time (although until you are 16 you need a parent with you), and finally fund raising.
You can see their 2017 volunteer appreciation video below. Would you like to get involved?
Our action was to make thank you cards to be given to the many people who volunteer with AARCS. We believe that they are doing a wonderful job for the many animals that come to them and it is important to thank people who are taking action!
You can see a video here about where fundraising efforts are going to help future AARCS animals, in the “AARCS 2017 Capital Campaign”:
Here is a short synopsis of AARCS shared by their organization:
The Alberta Animal Rescue Crew’s mission is to work 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.
Thank you to Adrianna and Robin for sharing their passion of taking care of animals. We learned a lot!