The Animal Rescue Network (ARN) mission

The ARN is a non-profit organization (NPO) that was founded in 1994 by former members of the SPCA. Their goal was to set up a no-kill shelter as an alternative for wounded, abandoned or lost animals. The organization consists of only volunteers who, through their dedication, provide a second chance to ill, abandoned and/or abused cats. Together we work on the realization of these three missions:

Shelter and Foster

The ARN is a no-kill shelter for cats, as well as forms a network of foster homes where abandoned cats can be given care and warmth. The shelter is divided into various rooms, some of which are dedicated to animals requiring special care while awaiting a welcoming home. No animal is euthanized unless it is ill or suffering from an incurable disease.

Rescue and Neuter

The A.R.N joins forces with the community in order to help animals living in an environment where they are neglected or where they are wandering and at risk of dying. All the rescued animals are neutered and vaccinated. Additionally, we provide neutering services at low prices for the public. We believe that by encouraging and facilitating the neutering of pets, we can help fight overpopulation. 


The ARN organizes adoption days in various animal product stores throughout the region of Montreal as well as within the shelter itself (by appointment only) in order to find permanent homes for our cats. All the adoption applications are carefully studied with the interest of our animals in mind.

The Board of Directors

The board of directors consists of five members that are elected for a period of two years. Their mandate aims to recommend and set up operational and structural changes to build an organization that offers the best care possible for all cats under the protection of the ARN.

Eric Boivin

Lise Côté 

Étienne Gervais 

Serge Nogueira 

Marie Drouin

Alice Mielcarek

Jacinthe Parenteau