D'Arcy's A.R.C. is operated on a non-profit basis. We rely on the generosity of people who care about animals so we may provide veterinary care and shelter to stray and abandoned cats and dogs. Your donation will help save animal lives!
The A.R.C. is a registered charity and provides Canadian tax receipts for donations of $10 or more.
Charity number: 861952828RR0001
When making a donation, your funds will be directed to the area of most immediate need.
In Person or by Mail
Make a donation by visiting our shelter or mailing a cheque to the following address:
730B Century Street
Make a donation over the phone with a credit card
Call (204) 888-2266 during business hours.
Donate Securely Online
CanadaHelpsYou can donate to us securely online through CanadaHelps.org
*Indicate items needed most on our wish list.
For Our Animals
- * Cat Litter - clumping, unscented
- Canned Cat Food (Friskies or Fancy Feast)
- Stainless Steel Cat & Dog bowls
- Plastic or Rubber Dog & Cat toys
- Dog & Cat treats
- Litter Pans - medium or large sizes
For our Shelter
- * Hand Sanitizer Gel for our dispensers
- * Laundry Soap - High Efficiency
- * Garbage bags - Any Size
- * Disposable gloves - large and medium
- * Dishwasher soap
- Liquid hand soap
- * Bleach
- * Paper Towels
- Toilet Paper & Kleenex
- Window Cleaner
- Unscented Dryer Sheets
- Canadian Tire Money (to help purchase supplies)
- Newspapers - no flyers please (They don't absorb waste!)
- * Oxford Blue Pocket Portfolios - #57572C
- * New Canadian Stamps
- Pens, Pencils, Highlighters
- Standard Staples
- Manila File Folders
- 8 1/2 x 11" Photocopy/printer Paper
About A.R.C. Volunteers
Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and able to work independently. Volunteers must enjoy working directly with animals and respect their right to the best possible care.
The Volunteer Commitment
Volunteers are required to commit to at least one year of service, working at least 3 hours per week. Volunteers are expected to be responsible, courteous and respectful of A.R.C. policies.
Weekday shifts available
- 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
- 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
- 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday shifts available
- 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
- 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday shifts available
- 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
- 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
ARC volunteers focus their energies on providing direct care to the animals and to general shelter upkeep.
- cleaning kennels and litterboxes
- feeding, grooming and socializing animals
- walking dogs
- transporting animals to veterinary appointments
- facility maintenance (sweeping, mopping, dusting, etc.)
- assisting with fundraising events
The Volunteer Experience
D'Arcy's A.R.C. has approximately 100 volunteers who provide valuable care to the animals in our shelter. The A.R.C .has a very small staff and we couldn't possibly rescue the number of homeless, abused and abandoned animals that we do without the help of our volunteers! Our volunteers are hands on people who enjoy handling animals and providing the care they need for future success. They don't mind getting their hands dirty and pitching in as needed. They put the care and the comfort of the animals before other concerns. Our volunteers tell us they enjoy working at the A.R.C.. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a cat or dog restored to health and confidence, and then adopted to a good home! Our volunteers also accept the fact that once in a while, outcomes are sad. Sometimes, an animal will succumb to illness or injury. These occasions are rare, but they are a fact of life in an animal rescue organization. As our volunteers gain experience, they are given increased responsibilities and the opportunity to learn new animal care skills. When we have a staff position available at the A.R.C., we like to fill the position from within the ranks of our volunteers. Many of our volunteers have been with us for the whole time we've been in business - more than sixteen years!
To Become a Volunteer
- Fill out an Volunteer Application Form
- Drop off application to us in person at 730B Century Street
- Attend an orientation session
- Confirm that volunteering is right for you
- Join our team
About A.R.C. Foster Homes
Foster homes must be privately-owned residences that are able to provide quiet, secure space for animals with special needs.
The Foster Care Commitment
Foster families are required to commit to a having a cat, dog and/or litter for a period of time determined by the animal's situation. For example, a pregnant cat will need to give birth and wean her kittens in a foster home, and this is approximately an eight-week process. Foster caregivers must be responsible, available to provide care when needed and able to handle the physical and emotional demands of the experience.
Foster Home Duties
Fostering duties vary, depending upon the animal's needs. Foster care is typically provided for:
- pregnant and nursing dogs and cats
- orphaned kittens and puppies that require extra care
- cats and dogs requiring special nurturing due to physical conditions
- dogs that need a break from the kennel experience
- cats and dogs that need socializing before they are suitable for adoption
- cats and dogs that appear healthy, but need rescue before space is available at the shelter
The Fostering Experience
People who provide foster care provide an invaluable service that allows special needs animals a second chance at life. They care for animals that would be at risk in the shelter environment given their current situation.
Providing foster care can be a highly rewarding experience. Foster families allow litters of kittens and puppies to be born in quiet, calm environments, free from the potential exposure to disease that newborns may experience in the shelter. They help restore confidence to animals that have been abused. They nurse injured and sick animals back to health. They have the comfort of knowing that once a foster animal is returned to the shelter, it is kept there until a suitable permanent home is found.
Providing foster care can also be a demanding and challenging experience, depending upon circumstances. Animals may require medication or bottle-feeding at specific times. They may need to have bandages changed or to be taken to veterinary appointments. They may need patient training to learn the rules of living in a house.
Sadly, not all animals respond to even the most dedicated care. Occasionally, an animal will pass away while in the care of its foster family.
Despite the potential for heartbreak, many of our foster families open their homes to needy animals time and time again. They tell us they are proud of the progress their animals make, and feel a slight pang when they return their new friend to the shelter. A few of them have formed attachments so deep that they've made the transition from foster home to permanent home!
To Become a Foster Care Provider
- Download and fill out the Foster Application Form (pdf).
- Visit the shelter with your application and ask to speak to the foster coordinator or manager on duty.
- Confirm that fostering is right for you.
- Join our Team!
Canadian Tire Money
We love Canadian Tire money!
We will be eternally grateful if you rifle through your vehicle's glove box and bring in your rumpled wad of Canadian Tire money! This goes a long way helping the A.R.C. with incidental and cleaning supply expenses.
With the change over from Canadian Tire money to the card, we'll also happily accept any cards with a balance on them!
Donating to D'Arcy's A.R.C. is now easier using HBC reward points.
D'Arcy's A.R.C. now has the ability to receive donated HBC reward points. You can donate your points all-year round. Through your assistance, we will be able to buy much needed supplies for the shelter or prizes for fundraisers. If you wish to donate your points to D'Arcy's A.R.C., here is how you would go about it:
Go to the following website: http://www.hbc.com/hbcrewards/
- Click on: Donate to Charity or Community (on left side of screen close to the bottom)
- Click on: HBC Rewards Community Program
- Click on: Donate to a Community Group
- Click on: Search for a Community to Make a Donation
- Go to the Province field and select "Manitoba" and then click "Continue"
- Find "D'Arcy's A.R.C." and click on "Donate Points"
- Click on the Percentage that you want to donate
- Put in a Start Date (cannot be retroactive)
- Put in an End Date and click "Save"
- Then click "Submit"
You should then see a confirmation that D'Arcy's A.R.C. is receiving your HBC rewards at the percentage that you requested.
You can click "Your Account" at the top of the screen and then "View your Rewards Statement" you can see your total rewards.
If you prefer to register by phone, the HBC Rewards number is 1-800-844-8131.