ACF12834

Help D'Arcy's A.R.C. Animal Rescue Centre

  • Submitted by:

    D'Arcy's A.R.C. (Animal Resue Centre)

    Location:

    730B Century Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba

  • Idea Created:

    November 1, 2011

    Budget:

    Medium ($50K - 100K)

Overview:

**Fipper's Story** In 2006 a 5 year old German Sheppard was viciously abused by having dangerous chemicals thrown at her face. She was seriously injured with burns to 90% of her face. Miraculously her eyes were not burned but her face and her spirit were wounded badly. This is when she came into our lives at D’Arcy’s A.R.C. and with much medical attention, nurturing and loving care Fipper made a full recovery and is now a permanent resident at the A.R.C. Fipper is a living and breathing reminder that **our work at D’Arcy’s A.R.C. saves lives and restores animals’ dignity**. The scars on Fipper’s face remain but her spirit has healed and now she brings daily inspiration and hope to the staff, volunteers and visitors of D’Arcy’s Arc. Fipper is one story, but at D’Arcy’s A.R.C we have many stories of unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and we are dedicated to helping all of them. **Overview** D'Arcy's A.R.C. (Animal Rescue Centre) was founded by D'Arcy Johnston, a former Animal Health Technician. The ARC officially opened its doors in November of 2001. In the past 10 years the A.R.C. has rescued close to 10,000 dogs and cats! The A.R.C is a not-for-profit animal shelter dedicated to rescuing stray, abused and abandoned cats and dogs in Winnipeg and surrounding areas. The A.R.C. received charitable status in November 2004. The A.R.C. is committed to protecting each animal’s right to live a full and healthy life. All animals entering the A.R.C. are cared for in our shelter or by our foster families for as long as it takes to find the right forever home where they will be treasured for life. At the A.R.C., we consider the stray, abandoned and abused animals that come through our doors to be our main clients. We provide them with: -An initial veterinary check-up -Follow up veterinary care and / or medication where necessary -Comfortable and safe temporary living quarters -Opportunity for socialization -Patient care and assistance with emotional issues -Exercise, high quality food, fresh water, soft beds At D'Arcy's A.R.C., we believe the animal/human relationship is a commitment entered into for life. Animals are not disposable, temporary or a matter of convenience. This value defines our adoption policies. On any given day our shelter receives 20 to 30 calls regarding pets that are unwanted or homeless. We also often find animals on our back step that have been abandoned. The A.R.C. is dedicated to provide a safe haven for dogs and cats in Winnipeg and surrounding areas. **The Problems** _In need of funding for spay/neuter program_ Pet overpopulation in Manitoba continues to be on the rise and this means that more and more pets end up homeless and needing help. While there is overpopulation of both dogs and cats in Manitoba, the **cat overpopulation is at a record high** (there are an estimated 50,000 to, 100,000 feral cats in Winnipeg) . One of the A.R.C’s main goals is to work towards alleviating animal overpopulation by ensuring that every animal handled by our organization is spayed or neutered. The spay/neuter program costs our shelter upwards of $90,000 per year to operate. We are in desperate need of funding in order to maintain and grow the spay/neuter program to meet the overpopulation needs of this community. _Dilapidated dog kennels need to be renovated_ The material that our dog kennels is made of is not withstanding its usage. The floors and walls are crumbling and are desperately in need of repair in order to provide comfortable quarters for our rescued dogs. It is estimated that the repairs will cost $25,000. **The Solution** D’Arcy’s Arc urgently needs funding to continue to spay and neuter animals, particularly to expand our services to meet the needs of the overwhelming cat population in Winnipeg. The funding will also be used to make much needed improvements to existing dog kennels.