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

Faith, Kasper and Molly's Story

Faith and her sisters Kasper and Molly came to SCARS from a pound. Second Chance Animal Rescue Society often takes in dogs from the pound when their “time is up” and they are slated for euthanasia. Within the cities, many of these dogs are held for a week and then, if deemed adoptable, brought to the Humane Society or to rescue groups. Dogs found in northern Alberta communities, where often there are not any veterinary clinics or facilities to house them, are held for only three days and, instead of being given an injection to euthanize, they are shot. Sadly, in the northern communities, where many people do not spay or neuter their animals, this happens far too regularly. Luckily for many dogs, the Animal Control Officers make huge efforts to spare as many lives as they can by driving great distances to bring the dogs to us instead. With our help and the help of the Animal Control personnel the dogs are given a second chance.
Of course, due to the lack of veterinary care, many of the dogs that we receive have some medical issues. When Faith, Kasper and Molly arrived, we quickly realized these tiny puppies were in distress. Molly showed signs of illness immediately. She was brought to Athabasca Veterinary Services and diagnosed with Parvo. Next Kasper and Faith fell ill with this highly contagious virus. Although their foster mom and the wonderful vets in Athabasca did everything that they could, both Kasper and Molly succumbed to the virus. They died within days of each other. Luckily Faith fought hard and beat the virus and she is happy and healthy today. A loving family soon adopted Faith and she continues to flourish in her new home.

Faith has been adopted. Kasper and Molly are gone, but not forgotten.

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