If you come to D’Arcy’s A.R.C. to adopt a pet, you will be asked many questions to ensure that the animal you are interested in is a good match for your home and that you are prepared for the responsibilities and commitment of pet ownership.
This discussion can go several ways. We may agree that the pet you are considering is an excellent match for your lifestyle and lucky to have met you. We may suggest that you consider a pet more suited to the home environment you will provide. Or we may determine that you are unable to take on the responsibilities and commitment of pet ownership at this time.
If you are interested in adopting a special needs pet that has a physical condition or behavioural issues that require extra care, we will ask that you fill out an application form. This application form will be reviewed by our shelter manager to ensure that you are aware of the needs of the cat and the potential costs involved, and that you are able to provide a suitable home.
D’Arcy’s A.R.C. does not provide rescue, shelter or adoption services for feral cats. It is our experience – as well as the experience of other animal care professionals – that these cats do not adapt to an indoor lifestyle or make safe pets. A feral cat is a cat that has never been touched by humans or socialized to interact with people. These cats are effectively wild animals. Very rarely does a feral cat respond to even the most compassionate or patient caregiver.
If you have a feral cat or a colony of cats in your neighbourhood, please phone us at 204-888-2266. We may be able to give you support in trapping, neutering and returning the animal to the outdoors so that it may live the way it’s most comfortable – without contributing to further generations of feral cats or spreading disease.
If kittens are trapped at a very young age, they may be socialized in a foster care environment.
D’Arcy’s A.R.C. provides shelter and care to dogs of all ages, breeds, shapes and sizes. We receive our dogs from several main sources: