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Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)

By Monika Zwilling on April 1, 2019

The following information has been provided from ARF:

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 rural areas and communities with limited resources 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:

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 many Alberta’s 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 5000 dogs and 2500 cats, and there is more work to be done. 


Shop our website until June 30, 2019 and a portion of our proceeds will be donated back to ARF. To learn more about aRF, to donate, adopt, or to volunteer, please visit their website at https://arf.ab.ca/