The Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) of Alberta is an animal rescue organization helping dogs and cats in Alberta.
Founded in 1995, ARF is a volunteer-based organization and registered non-profit charity. Our mission is to rescue stray and unwanted dogs and cats from First Nations and rural areas and place them in loving, permanent homes while providing programs to reduce pet over-population.
What We Do
ARF provides care, stability, medical assistance and lifelong homes for our rescue animals. Since animals have little ability to choose their owners, we must act in their best interests. Some of the ways we do this are by:
- Placing animals for adoption in loving, caring, stable and lifelong homes
- Arranging temporary foster homes, including providing medical interventions to animals in need of serious medical care
- Vaccinating, de-worming, and spaying/neutering animals prior to adoption
- Providing spay/neuter and educational programs to residents of First Nations communities
- Practicing and promoting reward-based training techniques for dogs
ARF does not operate a permanent shelter; instead, we house all rescued animals with foster parents. By providing food and medical care in these temporary homes, we are able to take the time to find the right match between our dogs and cats and their prospective adoptive families. You can visit with our adoptable dogs and cats at various events throughout the year.
Animal Rescue Foundation History
Since the beginning, ARF has relied on volunteers, foster and adoptive families and donors – each of whom allow us to provide ongoing support for Calgary rescue animals.
It started in 1992, when Calgary chiropractor Dr. Laurie Flavin saw a need, and began placing stray and abandoned dogs from Calgary Animal Services into suitable homes. By 1994, she was known as the “Dog Lady.” After being approached by the Animal Control Officer of the Siksika Nation, Laurie became aware of the huge dog and cat over-population problem in Alberta’s First Nations communities and decided to take on the enormous task of rescuing those dogs and cats and finding homes for them.
Once she started, it became apparent that one person alone could not handle the influx of dogs and cats, so Laurie, along with the help of two friends, decided to form a charitable organization and in July 1995, the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) of Alberta was formed.
Today, ARF has rescued more than 4000 dogs and 1500 cats, and there is more work to be done. Help us continue providing animal rescue services to Southern Alberta’s dogs and cats in need: donate, volunteer, adopt, or foster an animal.