The Animal Rescue Foundation saves abandoned dogs and cats from around the province and has rescued over 4,000 dogs over the past 17 years.

ARF members were called out on Saturday after two abandoned, starving pups and a thin adult female were found close to freezing in the Southern Alberta area.

They were able to rescue and save the three which put the tally for dogs saved by the group at 4,002.

The volunteer-based organization responds to thousands of reports of unwanted dogs and cats in the province every year.

ARF says that many of the adults are not spayed or neutered which results in more unwanted litters.

The group specializes in rescues in rural Alberta and in First Nations communities and finds them loving, permanent homes.

The dogs and cats are placed into temporary foster homes and are vaccinated, de-wormed and spayed or neutered prior to adoption.

For more information on the organization, visit the ARF website.