About Us

The Animal Rescue Center
  • Our Mission

    Our Mission

    We are dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating cats and dogs from situations of abandonment, homelessness, neglect and abuse.
  • Our Values

    Our Values

    We believe the animal - human relationship is a commitment entered into for life. Animals are not disposable, temporary or a matter of convenience.
  • Our Solution

    Our Solution

    We work towards alleviating animal overpopulation by ensuring that every animal handled by our organization is spayed or neutered.
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How the A.R..C Started

Registered Charity No 861952828RR0001
D'Arcy's Animal Rescue Centre was founded by D'Arcy Johnston, a former Animal Health Technician. The A.R.C. officially opened its doors in November of 2001. Prior to that, D'Arcy operated a cat rescue out of his north end home. The A.R.C. has always operated as a not-for-profit organization. In November of 2004, the A.R.C. received its official charitable status. The operations of D'Arcy's A.R.C. are focused on providing shelter, veterinary care, and adoption services for stray and abandoned cats and dogs in Winnipeg and the surrounding areas. Since 2001, over 15,000 animals have found permanent homes through the ARC. At any given time, there are over 100 animals awaiting adoption through our St. James location and foster homes.
  • Our Commitment to Animals
  • For Life
  • Our Commitment to People

At the A.R.C., we consider the stray, abandoned and abused animals that come through our doors to be our main clients. We provide them with:

  • An initial veterinary checkup
  • Follow up veterinary care and / or medication where necessary
  • Comfortable and safe temporary living quarters
  • Opportunity for socialization
  • Patient care and assistance with emotional issues
  • Exercise, high quality food, fresh water, soft beds
  • We work hard to find our animals appropriate permanent homes where they will be treated well and treasured for life

At D'Arcy's A.R.C., we believe the animal-human relationship is a commitment entered into for life. Animals are not disposable, temporary or a matter of convenience. This value defines our adoption policies.

We also believe the quality of animal lives is important. We will not force an animal to endure pain and suffering through illness or injury that cannot be treated with reasonable success. Upon the recommendation of one or more veterinarians, we will compassionately end an animal's life to relieve suffering. We also will not maintain animals with a high level of aggression that pose significant risks to shelter workers, potential adopters and the general public.

Because of this policy, we refer to ourselves as a for life shelter instead of a no-kill shelter. In keeping with the principals of no-kill shelters, we do not use euthanasia as a form of population control or a way of dealing with long-term shelter residents, animals with special needs or imperfections.

At D'Arcy's A.R.C. we stive to  building meaningful and lasting relationships with our community. We will:

  • Work with you to rescue stray and abandoned cats and dogs
  • If we can not take an animal we will try help you find another solution
  • Provide knowledgeable guidance to help you connect with RIGHT cat or dog for your lifestyle
  • Provide you with as much information as we have on any animal you are considering for adoption
  • Make the arrangements for the spay or neuter of your new pet
  • Provide post-adoption support by answering questions you may have about life with your new pet
  • Share our passion