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

Crispin's Story

Crispin appears to be a purebred Landseer Newfoundland. She is a young dog with great courage. SCARS received a call on a Saturday night from a woman who was on her way home and saw a large black and white dog lying in a ditch. She pulled over and discovered Crispin, literally covered with quills. She tried to get Crispin into her car, but because she was scared, Crispin ran up the ditch and hid in the nearby trees. The kind stranger waited with Crispin's giant head on her lap for over 45 minutes until we could get there. It was a very cold and dark night, and the wind made it worse. We tried to work quickly, but because she was in so much pain and scared, she was very reluctant to cooperate. Finally, Crispin gave up and allowed us to put her in our kennel. Once at the vets, we opened her mouth and discovered the roof of her mouth and the bottom of her tongue were pure white from many more quills. The vet worked on her for over an hour to remove the quills from her mouth, face and body. It was very obvious that she had the quills for a long time, as she was suffering from starvation and infection.

Crispin has been adopted. See Crispin's Look At Us Now Story

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