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

Crimson's Story

“Crimson” was a four-month-old shepherd cross who came to us on a Thursday from the Lac La Biche area. He was found abandoned, along with his sister Cali and his brother Cleave.

On the day they came to us, we fed them and they ate like they had never eaten before. They were playful and energetic. On Friday morning we noticed that Crimson was not hungry, which was unusual for a starving puppy, so we watched him carefully. On Saturday morning, Crimson still had no appetite and we became very concerned. We immediately took him to the veterinarian. Hours later Crimson started to go into seizures. It was discovered that Crimson had Distemper and had to be put down to end his suffering.

We were very sad and disturbed that Crimson was so tragically taken. We are comforted only by the fact that he had someone to care for him during his last days and that he didn’t have to suffer in the lonely ditch where he was found.

Distemper is a horrible disease, especially for puppies, and is almost always fatal. There is no treatment or cure. The true tragedy of this story is that this all could have been avoided if someone had only cared enough to have these puppies vaccinated. By the time Crimson was brought into our care, it was already too late. We are currently watching Cali and Cleave and we can only hope and pray that the disease did not spread.

Crimson is gone, but not forgotten.

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