Speaking out for those who can not speak for themselves is what D’Arcy’s Animal Rescue Centre is all about. If you’ve ever met D’Arcy Johnston, you would know him to be a humble man with a huge heart. How else would you describe someone who started a pet rescue centre in his own basement, and transformed it from humble beginnings to the registered Charity is is today?
D’Arcy’s A.R.C. budget of approximately $500,000 per year is made up entirely of donations by private individuals and companies or all sizes. No government handouts or tax dollars going here (unless you count the fact that all donations over $10 are tax-deductible, which is a nice feature).
10 things you can do to help D’Arcy’s Animal Rescue Centre
1) Volunteer at the Shelter
Call up the Shelter and see if they need help. If you love animals, you’ll find this a very rewarding experience.
2) Donate your pennies
All that old ‘shrapnel’ can really add up. Next time you’re in the area of 730 Century St, drop off those old coins. (nickels, dimes, quarters and larger always welcome)
3) Adopt your next (or first) pet from D’Arcy’s Animal Rescue Centre
With between 150-200 cats and dogs (yes, puppies and kittens too) under their care, you’re sure to find a pet to match your personality. In fact, D’arcy’s staff will help with that, to make sure that your pet is the right choice for you and your lifestyle.
4) Buy your pet supplies and food from D’Arcy’s store
A well-stocked store, which is about to expand even more, means that you’ll find all the best pet foods, toys and other supplies right at D’Arcy’s A.R.C. And of course, all the profits go right back into feeding, treating and caring for our furry four-legged friends.
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5) Attend/Support their local fundraising events
Thruout the year, D’Arcy’s has a number of fun, fundraising events, including the Pawsta Dinner (Feb), the Stray for a Day (April), the Dog’s Breakfast (July), the Kildonan Park Dog-Walk (September) and several other events and raffle-ticket selling functions. Find out more about them by doing Step #7 (Liking their facebook page)
6) Donate your Canadian Tire Money
Got any loose Canadian Tire Money (or even money on the Canadian Tire Cards)? D’arcy’s appreciates these, because they go a long way to purchasing some of the supplies they need to keep the shelter running. Drop off any Canadian Tire money right at D’Arcy’s Shelter.
7) “Like” their Facebook page
On Facebook? Simply like their page by going here. It will make it easier to learn about their fundraisers, and be notified if/when they need special supplies, such as #8.
8) Donate assorted supplies
It takes a lot of cleaning supplies, bleach, newsprint, food and toys to keep 150 pets happy, healthy and clean. Every once in a while, D’Arcy’s runs out, and they can always use a good supply of these items.
9) Donate clothing and household items to their Thrift stores
Did you know that many of the so-called “Thrift Stores” only donate a small portion of their profits to charity? With D’arcy’s two Thrift stores, 100% of the profits go right back into running the animal rescue centre. Find out more about the stores by going here.
10) Get your employees and customers involved
Consider having a ‘Casual Day’, where employees can dress more casually than normal. However, they have to pay for the privilege by paying a small amount of cash. You can then collect this and donate it to D’Arcy’s. Andre Mager of T&A Electric, holds a Customer Appreciation Event, and via Silent Auctions and other fundraising ideas, managed to raise about $1,000 for D’Arcy’s Shelter.
Get your employees and customers involved, you’ll find that animal charity is a heart-warming and easily supported cause.
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