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

Rookie's Story

Rookie was with us for such a short time, but touched our heart's deeply.

While out rescuing another dog, Rookie wandered up looking for our help. Rookie was covered in his own urine and feces. He was also unable to walk on his back leg. Rookie readily agreed to being lifted into the vehicle and brought to his new foster home. After a huge meal and a cozy night, he was brought to the vet for what we thought would be a routine leg casting. X-rays revealed much more than just a sore leg! Rookie's spinal column had been severed and the nerves controlling his bodily functions destroyed. Maggots had already started to eat away at his back end. There was nothing the vets could do for sweet Rookie and we had to put him down. If he had received medical attention sooner he may have been saved. Sadly, no one took responsibility for this sweet boy.

Rookie is gone, but not forgotten.

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