In Winnipeg, Canada, D’Arcy’s A.R.C. (Animal Rescue Centre) held a grand opening of its new 7000 sq. ft. facility on Saturday. The shelter prides itself on the grass roots donations from passionate supporters that made this new facility possible. Volunteers donated a combined 10,000 hours of labor in the last two months to get the state-of-the-art shelter up and running.
The facility boasts five spacious cat apartments with high-tech ventilation systems and bedding and furniture guaranteed to provide happy naps and sweet dreams. At the opening, long-time shelter cats Boris and Natalie (a brother and sister pair) made themselves at home, purring and relaxing in the luxe surroundings. A separate enclosure houses FIV-positive cats.
A.R.C. owner D’Arcy Johnston’s penchant for stockpiling cats dates back to his days as an animal health technician in an emergency clinic. One year, he brought home 30 cats, prompting his wife to insist that something had to go. He changed careers, and now runs the largest no-kill shelter in Western Canada.