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: 4/5]



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) 75 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 small animals in rural areas that have limited animal welfare services. AARCS’s major program provides animal shelter. The charity’s shelter, called Safe Haven, is a temporary, emergency, and quarantine shelter. AARCS rescues animals from across Alberta Its Rescue & Transport team travelled over 88,000 km in 2017 to rescue animals. These animals are brought to Safe Haven that has an in-house veterinary hospital (newly opened in 2017). Its hospital has two surgical suites, a dental suite, a full body x-ray machine, laboratory, and pharmacy. Its hospital performed 1,246 surgeries and 3,369 exams in 2017.  

During 2017, AARCS’s Safe Haven sheltered 1,403 dogs and 1,361 cats. It reports 1,253 dog adoptions and 1,200 cat adoptions. The charity also returned 69 dogs and 125 cats to their owners. Shelter animals are not available for adoption – when animals are ready for adoption they go to AARCS’s foster program. Charity Intelligence calculates AARCS has an 89% adoption rate, which is comparatively high, perhaps due to its foster home model. When cats and dogs returned to owners are not included in this calculation, AARCS’s adoption rate rises to 95%.  

AARCS’s other programs helping animals include a pet food bank, a dog house, spay & neuter services, a Trap-Neuter-Return program, humane education programs, and animal disaster response. The charity reports helping 455 animals across its assistance programs in 2017. Charity Intelligence calculates that AARCS spent an average of $760 on each animal it cared for in 2017. 

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AARCS is a medium-sized charity with donations and fundraising events contributing $1.8m. Its fundraising costs are 13% of donations, and administrative costs are 12% of total revenues. For every dollar donated, 75 cents goes to the cause which is within Ci’s reasonable range. In 2017, AARCS moved into its new shelter, spending $710k on improvements and equipment. AARCS has funding reserves of $971k that cover 0.6 years of annual program costs, or just over 6 months. 

This charity report has been sent to AARCS for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Profile created on April 26, 2019. Financial review by Kate Bahen. Results reporting review by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 11.6%13.2%12.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 13.1%14.5%14.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 0.0%0.0%0.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,474,1671,301,0881,134,619
Goods in kind 226,547100,96272,816
Fees for service 812,119667,969527,091
Special events 353,796183,403107,025
Other income 15,50712,98512,742
Total revenues 2,882,1362,266,4071,854,293
Program costs 1,749,8681,591,9811,395,894
Administrative costs 334,718298,349238,407
Fundraising costs 238,551214,751179,048
Cash flow from operations 558,999161,32640,944
Funding reserves 970,5991,085,429986,860

Note: In 2016 and 2015 AARCS received donations for its new facility and equipment that were deferred. Charity Intelligence reports donations when received. As such the profile shows $80k received in 2016 and $65k received in 2015. These deferred donations do not materially affect AARCS’s operating ratios.  

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 15

Avg. Compensation: $49,732

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 F2017

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

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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