Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society

5060 74 Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2C 3C9
Executive Director: Deanna Thompson
President: Lisa Makinson

Charitable Reg. #:80718 8479 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 73 cents are available for programs.

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About Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society:

Founded in 2006 and based in Calgary, Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) rescues homeless animals throughout the province. AARCS’s major program provides animal shelter. The charity’s shelter is a temporary, emergency, and quarantine shelter. Its Rescue & Transport team travelled 68,618 km in 2020 to rescue animals. These animals are brought to the shelter, which has an in-house veterinary hospital. Its hospital has two surgical suites, a dental suite, a full-body x-ray machine, a laboratory, and a pharmacy. AARCS does not provide a breakdown of its spending on its programs. 
During F2020, AARCS’s shelter took in 1,499 dogs, 2,307 cats, and 47 other animals. AARCS received over 15,000 applications for dogs and cats compared to 7,158 applications in 2019While in the shelter, animals are not available for adoption. Instead, the animals stay in the shelter for an average of 43 days before staying at one of AARCS’s foster homes while they wait for adoption. The charity had 467 new foster homes for dogs and 174 for cats. The charity reports most new foster homes adopt their foster animal. 
The shelter’s hospital performed 2,603 spays and neuters, 288 dental surgeries and 491 other surgeries in F2020. The clinic also gave 10,295 vaccines and 11,207 exams for a total of 24,884 vet services. This is a slight decrease from 25,916 in F2019. 
AARCS’s other programs include a pet food bank, a Trap-Neuter-Return program, humane education programs, and animal disaster response. Trap-Neuter-Return neutered or spayed 352 feral cats in F2020, a 72% increase over 99 in F2019. AARCS also provided food and pet supplies to over 240 families.
In 2021, AARCS completed building a new animal shelter in Edmonton. The shelter currently supports a cat adoption program.

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Results and Impact

AARCS reports 1,114 dogs, 1,706 cats, and 51 small animals were adopted in F2020. In F2020, the charity returned 173 dogs and 499 cats to their owners. Using the number of animals taken in that were not returned to their owner, Ci calculates AARCS’s adoption rate is 90%. The charity reports that 3.3% of dog adoptions and 5% of cat adoptions are not successful. 

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of AARCS’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).  

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Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society has donations and special event revenues of $2.5m in F2020. The charity received $21k in government funding, representing less than 1% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 18% of donations and special events. This results in total overhead spending of 27%. For every dollar donated, 73 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

AARCS has $1.7m in funding reserves. The charity could cover 74% or around 9 months of annual program costs with current reserves.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on July 15, 2021 by Brenleigh Jebb.  

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.3%10.6%12.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 17.6%8.1%10.7%
Total overhead spending 26.9%18.8%22.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 74.3%91.0%79.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,262,9631,958,8821,482,789
Goods in kind 126,87054,35545,374
Government funding 21,7439,777115,304
Fees for service 867,823925,746805,270
Business activities (net) 202,82656,34230,426
Special events 199,10499,452130,875
Investment income 19,41519,11211,109
Total revenues 3,700,7443,123,6662,621,147
Program costs 2,278,5062,018,7851,667,985
Administrative costs 343,202330,026319,850
Fundraising costs 432,249167,283172,540
Total spending 3,053,9572,516,0942,160,375
Cash flow from operations 646,787607,572460,772
Capital spending 753,210117,140146,454
Funding reserves 1,693,2921,836,1551,323,457

Note: Ci adjusted for deferred contributions and capital contributions affecting donations by $355k in F2020, $24k in F2019, and ($39k) in F2018. Ci reported merchandise sales as a business activity net of expenses. Cost of goods sold were adjusted, decreasing total revenues and expenses by $4k in F2020, $79k in F2019, and $73k in F2018. AARCS did not disclose government funding on its audited financial statements. Ci reported government funding from the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA and removed the revenue from donations.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 26

Avg. compensation: $46,980

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2020

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

The following comments were added to a previous profile. Further comments may be added. 

The Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society’s primary program is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home homeless pets. Although our shelter is in Calgary, our mobile rescue teams drive to communities throughout the province to assist animals and communities in need. As a voting member of Humane Canada, we advocate for professionalism and continuous learning in our industry, as well as support Humane Canada’s work to improve animal welfare laws on a national level.

AARCS operates a quarantine facility to ensure each animal is assessed medically and behaviourally prior to entering our foster home system. With an onsite veterinary hospital designed specifically to help homeless animals, we have become the go-to animal welfare organization for animals with high medical needs. Each animal that comes through our doors gets the medical care, behavioural help, love and attention they so deserve before being adopted into loving homes.  As the majority of the animals we rescue are stray or abandoned animals our foster homes are a key component in teaching these animals the skills they need to ensure a successful adoption as a beloved family pet. We also continue to grow our community assistance programs including a target of 800 assisted spay/neuters in 2019. Other Programs AARCS has in place to combat animal over-population and assist our community by keeping pets in their homes and preventing cruelty to animals include: Trap-Neuter-Return, Pet Food Bank, Dog House Program, Humane Education, and Animal Disaster Response. AARCS teams were on the front lines during the floods in Southern Alberta and the fires in Fort McMurray. As a result, AARCS sits as a member of the steering committee working on developing a plan for pets during disasters for the Province of Alberta.

AARCS is proud to be an animal welfare leader in our province with values encompassing compassion for both people and animals, collaboration to serve our communities and a commitment to integrity and ethical practices. Embracing a duty of responsible resource stewardship, we value fiscal responsibility and transparency to build trust in our organization and our people.  Our dedication to continuous learning and contributing to knowledge-building within the sector exemplifies our goal to remain a leader in the area of animal welfare.

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