The City of Calgary and the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) have teamed up to improve the lives of pets by helping adoptable animals spend less time in animal shelters.
Starting March 1, AARCS will administer adoption services for the city in a three-month pilot program.
“One of our goals is to significantly reduce the amount of time that adoptable pets spend in a shelter for the general welfare of the animals,” said Tara Lowes, superintendent for administration and animal shelters for the City of Calgary.
“AARCS has an extensive grooming network that increases the opportunity for animals to be cared for at home rather than in our shelter while they are waiting to be part of a new family.”
Last year, the City of Calgary began a review of the shelter operations of its animal services to determine efficiency gains, cost savings and service improvements. The review focused on pet licensing, adoption services, and hours of operation.
As a result of this review, the Adoption Pilot with AARCS will allow the city to assess the impact and opportunities that will determine whether the organization will continue to provide this service after the three months have elapsed.
Currently, 91% of injured or sick stray or feral animals brought to Animal Services can be rescued under the care of city animal health technologists and veterinarians.
Now, after receiving medical care, recovering animals are being moved into the AARCS programs for adoption in new homes.
The City of Calgary’s Animal Services division has announced that it will continue to provide medical and dental care, vaccinations (including rabies), and neutering and neutering for adoptable animals before they are handed over to AARCS.
“Communities are best served by organizations that work together to make a difference,” said Deanna Thompson, executive director of AARCS. “As a long-time partner with the City of Calgary, we know that our aligned values are compassionate to the issue of animal homelessness in Calgary.”
The City of Calgary confirmed that it will continue to work with other partner rescue agencies that have adoptable animals, including the Calgary Humane Society and the MEOW Foundation, throughout the pilot.
During this time, the City of Calgary Animal Services Center is expected to reduce public counters opening hours. Service changes will be updated online as details become available.