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

Spunky and Kya's Story

It was a miscommunication that brought Spunky and Kya to Second Chance Animal Rescue Society.

SCARS was full! We did not have the resources or space to take in any more dogs. Sadly, we were forced to let everyone know we could not take any more animals until some of the dogs currently in care had been adopted. Luckily for Kya and Spunky this message was not relayed to the the Bylaw Officer who loaded them into the truck, drove for many hours and brought them to SCARS.

Kya and Spunky came from an area in Alberta that has limited resources for stray animals. If a dog is picked up by the Bylaw Officer and not claimed by its owners after 3-days, it is shot. SCARS gets many dogs from this area. Of course, once Kya and Spunky arrived, we could not send them back to the pound: it would mean certain death.

Both Kya and Spunky were in appalling condition when they arrived. Spunky had Demodex, a type of mange that covered her whole chest and parts of her leg. She had obviously had the condition for a long time as her skin was raw with infection and the smell was horrific! Kya was missing her back leg; only a stump remained. When the vet saw what was left of her leg, we were told that Kya had most likely suffered through a home amputation. It appeared that her leg had been severed with an axe. Both dogs received extensive medical care. Kya’s leg was re-amputated and Spunky's Demodex was treated.

We are happy to say that Spunky and Kya both found new forever homes quickly and that they are both flourishing in this new loving environment. Kya also became a local celebrity when her story was told in an Edmonton Journal article written by Nick Lees. It is hard to think these wonderful dogs, who had suffered so dreadfully, were slated to be killed. They are with us today simply because of miscommunication and the compassion of a Bylaw Officer.

Our society does not currently receive funding; therefore, we rely solely on money that is raised through memberships, donations, sponsorships and other fundraising efforts. Because we have no paid staff and use private homes for fostering, we can only take in as many animals as our resources will allow. Please consider making one of our friends a new member of your family!

Spunky and Kya have been adopted

Update:Kya has once again amazed everyone at Second Chance Animal Rescue Society. Throughout all of Kya's traumatic events, Kya was pregnant! We are very happy to announce that on April 26, 2006 Kya gave birth to healthy puppies; all of them 4-leggers!

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