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Adoptable Pets


We are heartbroken to announce that Duke and Duchess Animal Rescue is closing October 31, 2015. The time has come for us to retire from what we love. Over the past seven years we were so happy and blessed to have given 863 precious rescued souls another chance for a wonderful life. This was made possible by hundreds of people and organizations who have given time, love, homes and financial support. We are happy to pass along tail wags to all of you from our furry friends.

Our Directors:
 Amber, Justine, and Natalie. Your love and passion for animals in need plus a ton of hard work and dedication made this all happen. Amber, special thanks to you in leading all the hands on operations for the last nine months.

Foster Homes:
 If we did not have foster homes rescue is simply not possible. Thank you to all our foster homes, past and present, for dedicating your time, care, patience and love. Whether for several days or months and months, you made a huge contribution to changing the life of our rescues.

 Thank you to the hundreds of you who helped with the many aspects of our organization including fundraising, communications, transportation of animals and supplies and adoption events.

Financial Supporters:
 Thanks to the many fundraisers and donations of all amounts, the medical bills were always covered. Each and every precious soul received the finest care possible and treated as we would our very own pets.

 Thank you to the following medical facilities for the medical care and support: Town Centre Vet Hospital, McTaggart Vet Clinic, Tera Losa Animal Clinic, Onoway Vet Clinic, Stoney Plain Vet Clinic, Park West Vet Clinic, West Edmonton Spay and Neuter Clinic, Mayfield Vet Clinic, Whitemud Crossing Vet Clinic, Calgary Animal Emergency Centre, Fish Creek Vet Clinic, Pet Care Centre, Sturgeon Animal Hospital, Guardian Vet Centre and Emergency, Edmonton Vet Emergency Clinics, Family Pet Centre, C.A.R.E Centre Calgary,

Partner Rescue Organizations
 ARTS, Cherished Treasured Seniors, and Calican, thank you for lending a helping paw when we needed you.

Adoption Event Venues:
 Pet Valu (and especially Albany location for your financial support), PetSmart locations.

 Champion Pet Foods, Global Pet Foods and Varscona Hotel on Whyte (towels and sheets galore), Parkland County Pound, Country Kennels Bed and Biscuit, Black Gold Kennels (especially Jan), Canada's Rescue Guide to Dogs, Pet Rescue Magazine.

Special thanks to the young children who gave up their birthday gifts and had their friends give gifts to our dogs instead. It takes wonderful parents to instill the importance of caring for others at such a young age.

Special thanks to newly weds who asked their guests to give donations to our dogs when they wanted them to kiss (there was lots of kissing).

Kyle and Becky: thank you for inspiring David and I in opening DDARS (and hugs to your dog Sarah who was one of our first rescues).

Our Dearly Loved Mascots - Petie and Violet:
 Petie, the Jack Russell, who our son Andy owns, was our webpage mascot for many years. Petie is well known in Burlington, Ontario, for his prowess on the surf board and has been written about in their local newspaper. Although Petie is now sixteen he will be hanging up his surf board soon and taking on more relaxing canine activities.

Violet, who is currently on our website as mascot, took over from Petie a few years ago. She is a beautiful old girl who previously had a rough life and inspired us all by her will to live and love left to share. She was adopted by our former director, Natalie. She made her laugh every day. If you want to see her she will be on our website until October 31st. Sadly, Violet went to the Rainbow Bridge on September 29th. She was a fabulous ambassador for DDARS and she will always be in our hearts. Hugs to you Natalie, we know you will always miss her.

To our furry precious rescues, that have touched our lives. We love each and every one of you. You will live in our hearts forever.

We would invite all of our followers and adoptors to post a final comment on our Facebook page of their furry friends in their new lives so all of our volunteers and supporters can see the amazing impact they have had over the years and take a walk down memory lane with us. (Please click on the Facebook icon in the next column).

In closing, thank you all for the incredible support and love over the years. We are blessed to have met a number of you at events and have made some life long friends. None of us will forget the wet noses, puppies, wagging tails and miracles. We hope that your experience with DDARS will inspire some of you to continue with this worthy mission of helping animals in need with other rescue groups.

Maria and David Sanson (Duke and Duchess)

Please visit us on Facebook and tune into the rescue action and news in real time.

Our beloved mascot Violet, who you see in our header every day, went to the Rainbow Bridge
September 28. She was a beautiful old girl who previously had a rough life and inspired us all with her will to live and love left to share. Violet was a fabulous ambassador for DDARS and she will always be in our hearts.

Gender: male
Breed : Rotti mix
Age: 2 years old
Gets along with cats: no
Gets along with other dogs: he is being
  fostered with small dogs. Likes playing
  with large dogs but sometimes not aware
  when they don't want to play any more.
Good with kids: yes, but kids should be
  over 12 years old and experienced with

How can you not love that face? I am a large handsome two year old Rotti mix boy but sometimes I think I am a Jack Russell. I like to bounce about when excited. I think I am a puppy sometimes but sometimes I also have a teenager attitude.
Going on bike rides is great fun. I can even pull my mom along when she is tired.
I am a great listener when I want to be and love following direction on command.
My favourite treat is cheese. I would make a wonderful pet for an experienced owner with leadership skills.

Update October 19: I am now in foster care with Animal Rescue Outreach. To meet me please call Lindsay at 780-700-6114.


Hi folks. We are six year old St. Bernards, well maybe in our own minds. We are adorable, sweet and affectionate Chihuahuas. I'm Shiloh, the white and black one, and that's Violet behind me. We are good with cats and dogs of all sizes. Since we are a bit timid and shy we would do best with a gentle natured family and kids should be over 8 years old. We are best buds having lived together our whole lives.

Update October 12: 
"We are so happy to be adopted together by such a loving home! We didn't have a great start to life but we have a great new beginning ahead!

We have brought such joy to our family and cannot wait to see what the future has in store for us all!"

Love Violet and Shiloh

Hello! My name is Maui and I'm a stunning young girl at 14 months. I'm learning so much right now and I'm quite a smart cookie! I have learned how to catch a ball and I know some commands too. I would love if you would put me in some training classes so I can keep learning cool stuff! I do have a keen eye for little things that move, so best that I'm not in a home with cats or small dogs. It does take me a while to warm up and I can be a bit picky about my friends, so I prefer to have you all to myself at home and socialize during play time or dog classes. If you are looking for an affectionate ham with the softest fur, then ask to meet me!

Update October 12:
I am now being fostered with Paws In Need. Please call or text Amanda at 780-907-2528 or email her at amanda@pawsinneedrescue.com

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