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

Mattie's Story

“Mattie” came to the Second Chance Animal Rescue Society as a thin, frail, broken soul. She is an older dog, and shows clear signs of living a hard life. She’s likely had numerous litters of puppies and, judging by the deep indented scar on her head, it is certain that she has suffered from unimaginable trauma. A kind stranger took an interest in Mattie when it was apparent that no one was feeding or caring for her. The stranger started to leave food for the emaciated dog and checked on her as often as possible. Mattie, however, was very scared and did not allow the stranger to come close enough to help her.

Then one day Mattie disappeared and after not seeing her for several days, the stranger became very concerned. As it turned out, Mattie was caught by animal control when she was found lying in a parking lot, very dehydrated, full of porcupine quills and unable to walk. Thankfully, she was taken to the vet and received the medical attention that she needed.

It is very heartbreaking to think that without the help of strangers, Mattie may not have survived, or worse, she may have continued to live the tragic life of a dog that no one could be bothered with. Mattie was only been with us a very short time but is making amazing progress. She shows appreciation for every ounce of love and attention that she receives, but seems to not yet understand our affection. Hopefully one day we will get her to realize that she is truly worthy and deserving of a better life with a warm home and a loving family of her own.

Mattie has been adopted.

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