Dog and cat lovers looking to rescue a furry friend can visit pets up for adoption by The Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) on Saturdays.
Every Saturday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. individuals are encouraged to stop by the Chinook PetSmart to see some of the adoptable pets from ARF.
ARF was founded in 1995 and is a volunteer based and registered non-profit animal rescue organization that helps dogs and cats in Alberta find new homes.
One recent Saturday, Charlie Prince dropped by to visit with a dog.
“I’m here to see the puppy Rolo,” Prince said in an interview.
“My girlfriend and I have been looking on the ARF website for weeks, and when we saw this guy we had to come meet him,” he said.
“I think it is great what [ARF] does. I would never get a dog from a breeder, but it’s sometimes hard to find puppies at the Humane Society.”
“ARF’s is great for finding puppies,” said Elizabeth Moss, girlfriend of Prince.
Although ARF doesn’t take in owner-surrendered animals, it rescues stray and unwanted dogs from rural areas and works on finding their “furever homes.”
Once the animals have been rescued they are taken for a medical examination and receive all the help they need. The animals are then spayed or neutered.
Once they are healthy, they are placed in foster homes where they receive training.
“I’ve been volunteering with ARF for almost a year now,” said Sabrina Thomas.
Thomas is a general event volunteer. She attends various events around the city, and helps with set-up, take-down, cleaning, and general care-taking of animals.
“I try to make it to every event, but the Chinook event is one of my favourites.”
ARF has various volunteer opportunities available in Calgary.
“Volunteering with ARF is so much fun. Being surrounded by people who are as passionate about animals as I am is always enjoyable,” said Thomas.
Individuals who are interested in volunteering with ARF can apply online.