SCARS Rescue Stories

The animals of SCARS have many stories to tell. Here are just a few of them.

Before proceeding please understand that some of these stories may be disturbing to some readers. Although some do not have a happy ending, many of these animals are now in loving forever-homes.


Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS) is dedicated to reducing the number of homeless animals in Northern Alberta, Canada

We believe that there is a suitable home for all homeless animals: young or old; large or small.

As a volunteer-run, non-profit society, we care for these animals by providing veterinary care and foster homes for animals in need until a permanent home is found. These private foster homes provide the animals with warm shelter, food, exercise, and tender loving care (something that so many of the animals we receive have never experienced).

SCARS does not practice selective intake procedures and operates in a triage manner: taking the animal in most medical need first. As a result our medical expenses are enormous. Please consider donating to our rescue efforts.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Alberta's Story

Alberta came to us from a pound because her time was up. We were horrified to see what this small girl had endured for an unknown period of time. When we first met her she was depressed, very thin and covered in her own feces. When we took a closer look we noticed she had a very large tumor, which was later determined to be a mammary tumor. It was obvious she had never been treated. She was immediately brought to the vet where it was discovered it had spread to her liver and lungs. Vets also suggested she may have only lived another 2-3 weeks on her own. X-rays also revealed she had a 22 bullet lodged in her body and most of her teeth were broken off. We are very sad to say Alberta was put to sleep because the cancer had already spread throughout her tiny body and there was nothing we could do for her.
It is very discouraging and sad to rescue these helpless animals and then find out there is nothing that can be done to save them. Though she was with us for such a short time and her story is one of sadness, we hope that sharing Alberta's tragic story will inspire people like you to support SCARS. We want to continue to help dogs, such as Alberta, to receive treatment and care even when all we can do is help end their suffering. We believe that is the least society can do for an animal whose life may have only been one of hardship and suffering.

Alberta is gone, but not forgotten.

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