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

Cindy's Story

Cindy came to SCARS in July 2007. A SCARS volunteer was driving through a northern reserve when she noticed a dog in the ditch. She stopped to see if the dog was all right and the little dog ran into a culvert, too scared to come out. With the enticement of food, the volunteer eventually coaxed the little dog out.

What she saw was horrifying!

The dog, later named Cindy, had a bungee cord tied so tightly around her head and under her chin that parts of it were resting on bone. It had been there for so long that skin was starting to grow over the cord! Cindy’s face, so full of infection, was swollen and deformed.

Once the cord was removed, Cindy required ongoing medical treatments for neural eye damage due to the pressure of the cord. Her face swelling started to go down and she became an energetic and happy dog. And them Cindy surprised us once more: Cindy was pregnant!

SCARS didn’t know what the outcome would be for Cindy’s babies. With so much infection ravaging her body, what would happen to the babies? But, all of our fears were in vain: Cindy gave birth to five healthy puppies!

She now is, and looks like, a normal healthy dog. Cindy was adopted by a loving mom and dad, and two four-legged brothers (Bob and Patch). She lives on an acreage where she has all the space in the world to run and explore and finally be the puppy she never really got to be. All five of her puppies have gone to loving families. One of the puppies stayed with the family that did such an awesome job fostering Cindy and her babies.


Anonymous said...

It amazes me on how much cuelty to animals has become a big part of our world in a negative way.Why do people get satisfaction over suffering of a innocent animal?This question is one of those that never seems to be able to be answered.

Anonymous said...

I just can't understand how anyone can do these sorts of things to a living breathing being. What has the animal possibly ever done except love you unconditionally?? People who do this should be punished severely. I think that anyone capable of doing this to an animal would do the same to me or you. Makes me so sad...

Pj said...

I am soooo glad to see Cindy has a new chance at life!!!!

Anonymous said...

This is great! I'm so happy to see that Cindy is now happy and in her forever home:)

Anonymous said...

Its great that
Cindy is now in her forever home!

Anonymous said...

YAY FOR CINDY! im so happy a wonderful dog like that had one more chance to live life to the fullest! Congrats to the adopting family =)

Anonymous said...

How can people be so mean to animals! If you can't care for an animal why have one!I'm so glad Cindy has a better life than in than past.

Anonymous said...

I am quite young(13) but when i'm older i want to be a vet so i can help animals like these. I think it is so sad and stupid that people do things to inocent animals like this. There should be tougher laws against animal cruelty. When a person gets killed, and the police find out who killed them they normally sentence the person to life or for a long, long time. I think it should be the same laws for animals too, because they are also loving breathing animals who were loved or SHOULD be loved as much as people. As soon as i get a job of any sort i am donating money every month to SCARS. And when my oldest dog passes i will be sure to adopt a dog from SCARS. No matter what he/she looks like. Sorry for such a long comment. God bless every pet in this world including the abused ones.