|"I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter...the cast-offs of human society. I saw in their eyes love and hope, fear and dread, sadness and betrayal. And I was angry. "God," I said, "this is terrible! Why don't you do something?" God was silent for a moment and then He spoke softly. I have done something," He replied. "I created you."|
-The Animals' Savior Copyright-Jim Willis 1999
Who We Are
Animal Rescue Center was formed in 1997 and became a non-profit organization (501c3) in 1998. A.R.C. is a no-kill, non-profit organization made up of volunteers and are supported solely by donations and adoption fees . (Feline: $125 - $175.00) (Canine: $125.00-$250.00). Your tax-deductible gifts are greatly appreciated. The donations and adoption fees keep the animals up to date on shots, includes getting them spayed/neutered, microchipped, medication as needed, food and shelter. Our administrative staff is also comprised of volunteers and do not receive compensation for their efforts. 100% of the adoption fee and donations help cover the cost of vet care before you adopt the pet. We do have the right to deny an adoption if we feel the person does not meet our organization's adoption criteria.
ARC is holding weekly adoptions at PetSmart #1509 at Rivergate Shopping Center, S. Tryon St and Hwy 160 towards Lake Wylie on Saturdays, 1:00 to 5:00 pm and during the week by calling 704-900-8019 to set up a convenient appointment time. Come and meet some of our rescued, adoptable pets.
Adopting a friend
When you find that special cat and/or dog for you and your family, we ask that you complete an application by clicking on the link below or, you can call the phone number listed on the pet's page. By completing and submitting the application online, It will ensure the foster home gets the application in a timely fashion. The foster home will review the application and get in touch with you about adopting your new friend.
Adoption Application (click to download).
Please email the completed application to the address listed in the Petfinder listing of the pet you are interested in wanting to adopt.
Why not to Declaw
If you are considering declawing your cat, please read this. It will only take a moment, and it will give you valuable information to help you in your decision. First, you should know that declawing is pretty much an American thing, it's something people do for their own convenience without realizing what actually happens to their beloved cat. In England declawing is termed "inhumane" and "unnecessary mutilation." I agree. In many European countries it is illegal. I applaud their attitude.
Declawing is not like a manicure. It is serious surgery. Your cat's claw is not a toenail. It is actually closely adhered to the bone. So closely adhered that to remove the claw, the last bone including nerves, tendons, etc.of your the cat's claw has to be removed. Declawing is actually an amputation of the last joint of your cat's "toes". When you envision that, it becomes clear why declawing is not a humane act. It is a painful surgery, with a painful recovery period. And remember, during the time of recuperation from the surgery, your cat would still have to use it's feet to walk, jump, and scratch in their litter box regardless of the pain it is experiencing. Wheelchairs and bedpans are not an option for a cat. I have also had people tell me that their cat's personality changed after being declawed.
For more information on declawing go to:
Why You Should Get Your Animal Spayed/Neutered
Spayed female and neutered male cats and dogs are healthier, happier , longer-lived companions. Most dogs, even purebred, should not be bred. Many good pets have defects of structure, personality or health that should not be perpetuated. There are three and a half million unwanted dogs put to death in pounds in this country every year, with millions more dying homeless and unwanted through starvation, disease, automobiles, abuse, etc. Can you live with the thought that the puppy and kitten your dog/cat sired or the puppy/kitten YOU let come into the world will be destroyed at the pound or worse? If you need assistance or additional spay/neuter information, please contact us.
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Animal Rescue Center
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