Arthur Animal Rescue Cooperative ‘will never ever go away a cat to suffer’

WELLINGTON COUNTY – Arthur Animal Rescue Cooperative (AARC) has rescued additional than 1,200 cats because launching in 2015 – plus a horse, a beaver, a pet, and a number of rabbits and squirrels. 

The volunteer-run firm supplies stray, feral and surrendered cats veterinary care and finds them a safe and sound position to land. 

“We provide the overall Wellington County location, and will hardly ever go away a cat to suffer,” mentioned volunteer Kirsten Henley. 

The volunteers “have such attractive hearts,” said fundraising coordinator Michelle Dickson  in an job interview with the Advertiser and five other AARC volunteers. 

Though their emphasis is cats, a number of other animals have slipped in mainly because when the volunteers see an animal that wants enable, “we come to feel a feeling of obligation to support the animal,” Dickson mentioned. 

Lately, AARC has rescued various cats in have to have of substantial emergency veterinary treatment, top to “very substantial health care expenses,” she famous.

These cats involve Petey, Merlin, Porter, Goliath and Pookie, and their combined health care charges reached $7,353. 

Final yr, a few of the kittens AARC rescued struggled with severe health and fitness problems like distemper and respiratory bacterial infections. 

“One kitten had a significant heart murmur,” stated intake coordinator Nicole Vettor. 

Toronto Cat Rescue included the charge of the kitten’s existence preserving surgery at the Ontario Veterinary Higher education (OVC) in Guelph.  


AARC’s funding will come from fundraising initiatives, adoption service fees, several personal donations and a couple of company sponsors.

Fundraising contains a few or four AARC on the web auctions each year.

This thirty day period, AARC will be at the Guelph Multicultural Pageant from June 9 to 11 and at the Arthur Hard cash and Carry Summer Vibes market on June 24. 

There will also be an AARC garage sale in Guelph on June 17 and kitten yoga in Elora on June 25. 

Dickson mentioned the majority of funding is donated by group associates, but the group is “trying to seem to bigger corporations to assist the rescue, like the town, where we can ideally get greater amounts of cash coming in to address these healthcare expenditures.” 

Stray cats 

When an grownup stray comes at the rescue the to start with step is to check out to reconnect the animal with its entrepreneurs, stated Vettor. 

The cats are scanned for microchips and posted on the web in spots like lost and uncovered Facebook groups. Volunteers expend 5 days seeking to link the cat with owners. If none are uncovered, they “proceed with vetting and adoption,” Vettor explained. 

Vetting involves vaccinations, flea and worm treatment, a microchip and spaying or neutering. 

There are at this time 10 cats and just one doggy shown as adoptable on the AARC web site. 

In 2022, AARC placed around 200 cats in adoptive homes, and a lot more than 100 cats have been adopted this 12 months. 

Feral cats 

Feral cats are diverse from stray cats due to the fact they are “suited to out of doors life” and enjoy it, claimed AARC finance coordinator Sandra Schaefer. They are generally aspect of big colonies of cats and discover shelter and food stuff in barns. 

They are also “not so pleasant in some cases,” she added. 

Instead of getting foster and adoption households for these cats, AARC neuter and launch to manage overpopulation. 

Cats “can have two litters a calendar year, with 6 kittens for every litter,” explained Henley. And “each of people can reproduce at six months, and have 12 kittens a year. And on. And on,” she extra. 

Henley is AARC’s social media coordinator and the volunteer accountable for the lure-neuter-release application. 

This overbreeding can lead to challenges like amplified disease, ailment, and genetic mutations, especially when youthful cats reproduce. 

Other animals 

Dickson mentioned the doggy in AARC’s care, Dallas, is a “happy blunder.” Right after remaining hit by a car or truck Dallas was heading to be euthanized, so AARC volunteers “reached out to heaps of rescues, and all people was complete,” she said. 

Which is when Heather and Kirsten Henley (mother and daughter) offered to foster him. 

A two-yr-outdated blue heeler who wears a diaper inside simply because he dropped command of his bowels when his tail was amputated after the accident, Dallas is currently readily available for adoption.

Heaps of info about Dallas is available at 

Survivor – Porter survived staying hit by a car in April. Now, he’s searching for a foster relatives to get him in. “He was in shock and quite dehydrated,” when Arthur Animal Rescue Cooperative picked him up, volunteer Heather Henley mentioned, and he essential to be casted right away to allow his injuries to mend. His vet bill has totalled $1,245 so significantly.


AARC relies upon entirely on foster residences as the rescue has no actual physical location.  There are currently 115 cats in foster properties and 65 active foster family members.

“The need for foster homes is hardly ever ending,” Henley mentioned. “If we have room we will just take a cat. This usually means we can only aid as quite a few cats as we have foster homes for.” 

‘Very rewarding’

Dickson stated fostering cats is really satisfying. 

It’s important to be a “safe landing spot for these animals – some of them have under no circumstances recognised that,” and you can really feel their appreciation to have a heat place to consume and be cared for, she explained. 

Henley said foster family members usually say, “I didn’t have to transform anything about my way of life, they just in good shape ideal in.” She mentioned AARC has cats acceptable for households with young children, as properly as dogs, and other cats – “we will obtain you the suitable foster.”

Using treatment of cats is “so effortless,” she extra. “It’s not a big dedication to foster, – just one more scoop in the bowl.” 

AARC is often wanting for new volunteers, and can accommodate any determination amount and availability. 

The rescue also accepts donations of cat litter and wet and dry food items. 

“We are extremely fortuitous that a large amount of our fosters deal with the expense of all those goods,” Dickson reported, but when they are donated they can be dispersed to foster residences, helping to just take the “burden of economic expenses off fosters.” 

Far more data together with how to donate, foster, or adopt and specifics about the adoptable cats, is out there at and the group’s social media web pages.