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  • Mr March needs your help: Pawder's journey

    pawdercone If you bought out 2017 fundraising calendar, you'll recognize Mr. March, better known as Pawder around the shelter.

    Pawder is a 2 1/2 yr old, fun loving Shepard X who came to the A.R.C. from Peguis First Nation back in 2014. When he arrived at the shelter he had a

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  • Mygan's long road to rehabilitation ahead

    Mygan1 Mygan arrived at D'Arcy's A.R.C. from a northern community in early March of 2016. Reports were made about a dog that had been hit by a truck six weeks earlier and was dragging a front paw. The fear was that Mygan had broken his leg. Although Mygan was owned, his

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  • Goat came with some extra "friends"

    Goat1introimage Although obviously thin and emaciated when she came into our care from Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, it was only later that we discovered that Goat had a major medical issue.

    Once healthy enough for her spay she was sent for what would be the first for many surgeries. During

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  • Stitch stitched back together

    Stitch3Machray Stitch is a young stray cat who was brought to Machray Animal Hospital by a concerned citizen on Monday, November 23, 2015 with a serious wound on his side. The vets at Machray suspect that he may have been seeking refuge under the hood of a car and sustained an

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  • Smash Mouth - the snaptrap rescue

    Smash Mouth posing in the yard one month after his rescue On Friday, November 6, 2015, members of Pequis First Nation involved in rescuing animals in the community notified Ark Project, a non-profit that helps transport stay dogs to rescue, of a stray dog running at large with a snap trap around his lower jaw. D'Arcy's A.R.C. was notified of the

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  • Timber: The Heartworm Positive Hunk

    TImberNov15 12 Timber, a stray from Peguis First Nation, arrived in our care on July 24, 2015. Almostly completely shut down when he arrived, Timber needed to be carried part of the way down the hallways to go outside for playtime. He slowly learned that touching, and especially brushing, is a good

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  • Malika's Journey

    Malika on the day of her rescue, malnourished and in terrible condition Meet Malika. A sweet, gentle dog who was rescued from severe neglect on Peguis First Nation. Malnourished and skinny, both hips were in bad condition. She wasn't bearing weight on her back right leg, and her left back leg was extremely weak. An untreated skin condition had caused severe hair

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  • Heart worm mommas...

    ...and probably a dad, too

    Lucerne, a springer X, tested positive for heart worm this spring. Lucerne was abandoned by her owner and left tied to a dog-house with seven three-week old puppies in the middle of February. Lucerne, Morgana, Sadie, and Rocko came to us from different regions of the province early this spring. The four dogs have something in common beside their sweet and gentle personalities – they tested positive for heart worm infections.

    Heart worm is a parasitic roundworm that is

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Smash Mouth posing in the yard one month after his rescueOn Friday, November 6, 2015, members of Pequis First Nation involved in rescuing animals in the community notified Ark Project, a non-profit that helps transport stay dogs to rescue, of a stray dog running at large with a snap trap around his lower jaw. D'Arcy's A.R.C. was notified of the situation and the Provincial Vet and Provincial Animal Protection Officers initiated their search and rescue for this dog.

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After several attempts the injured, scared, and hungry dog was rescued on November 12, 2015 and taken to Gimli Vet Clinic where Dr. Torske initially treated him for his wounds. The trap was removed and the dog was transferred to D'Arcy's A.R.C. for recovery and ongoing treatment.

Smash Mouth is now safe in care and recovering from his injurySmash Mouth under sedation to remove the snap trap that was lodged on his lower jaw for more than a week"This rescue effort is an excellent example of cooperation between the community, the Provincial Vet, and the rescue community," says D'Arcy Johnston, founder of D'Arcy's A.R.C. "Without the combined efforts, this dog could have spent much longer at large with critical injuries."

 The dog, now named Smash Mouth by ARC employees, received follow-up treatment at to Birchwood Vet Hospital on November 16. Dr. Preston removed necrotic tissue and assessed the wound for further trauma. His lower jaw is intact but he may need reconstructive surgery. He will continue treatment at the A.R.C.

Dr. Preston removes dead tissue from the wound siteSmash Mouth is shy and reserved, but is eating well on his own and getting intensive aftercare from A.R.C. staff. His true personality is blossoming with each day of TLC.

Johnston, says that unfortunately the number of major injuries has increased this year.

“We have seen an increase in major injuries this year. We see animals coming in with serious injuries that are both a result of accidents, like car-accident injuries, and other more intentional actions," he says.

Johnston says that the shelter will need help with the ongoing vet care for Smash Mouth and other critical care animals in their care.

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