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

Rufus' Story

It was a Saturday night when a lady called very concerned about a dog that was left tied to a fence. The concern was the dog had been shot in the face a month prior, had never received medical attention, and it seemed no one had any intention of treating him. At this point we were unsure of the dog's condition. On Sunday morning, we made the two-hour drive to collect Rufus. At first glance he appeared to be fine, happy and friendly. He was a large Bouvier cross of about nine months old. The owners agreed to surrender him to us. Did Rufus know where he was going? We don’t know, but he jumped right into the truck and rode quietly the entire way home. I had to leave my windows open because the smell of his infected mouth was too much to handle. He was taken to the vet and they cleaned out the shattered teeth and fragments embedded in his mouth. After an x-ray, it was discovered he had a broken jaw that required the expertise of a specialist in Edmonton. Rufus has been an absolute angel through it all, a true gentle giant. After undergoing a surgery for his jaw, he went home with his new forever family to be treated like the prince he is! We wish them and Rufus all the best!

Rufus has been adopted.

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