Interview with D’Arcy’s Animal Rescue Centre
D’Arcy Johnston started one of Winnipeg’s largest Pet Rescue Shelters back in 2000, and has grown it into the registered charity we find today, located at 730 Century St. Here is my interview with D’Arcy, learning how he got started, what he does to raise funds and how you can help.
D’Arcy used to work as an animal technician, and part of his job was to euthanise pets, sometimes for no other reason than that they were unwanted, stray, or neglected.
Deciding that he did not want to do that any longer, he founded D’Arcy’s Animal Rescue Centre, starting out in his house, and then evolving and moving to different locations in Winnipeg, until for the past 8 years, he has been operating out of 730 Century St.
Raising Funds to operate the Charity
No tax dollars go into D’Arcy’s. The charity is funded entirely from individual and corporate sponsorships and donations. Events thruout the year help raise money, as does the Thrift Store on Main St. You can donate items to the store, and the money raised by the sale of those items goes right back into the charity.
D’Arcys ARC also has a pet store right into 730 Century St, where you can buy pet supplies, food etc….
Future Plans for D’Arcys ARC
Immediate plans include the expansion of D’arcys location to include a ‘Pet Hotel’, where clients can shelter their pets while they (the clients) go on vacation. Being located near the airport offers a great location for this, and also clients who house their pets can leave their vehicles at D’arcys lot. Long term plans include the addition of a veterinarian into the location, for which D’arcy’s daughter is currently going thru Vet School.
How can you help?
Money donations are always appreciated AND tax deductible. Also donating your gently used household items or clothing to D’arcys Thrift Store on Main St near Redwood, would be appreciated.