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

Wink, Baby and Bell’s Story

Wink, Baby and Bell’s story is tragic. Their mother, another poor soul who had been abandoned, had been mistaken for a coyote and, subsequently, was shot and killed. A farmer, realizing that these pups could not survive by themselves brought them to Second Chance Animal Rescue. Right away we realized that these puppies were in serious distress: one could not use its back end and another had a constant twitch in its face. We immediately took them to the local vet, where it became clear they were suffering from the effects of distemper.

Distemper is a highly contagious, incurable and usually fatal viral disease that attacks the gastrointestinal, respiratory and central nervous system. Sadly, for these pups the damage was already permanent and there was nothing further we could do except to stop their suffering. The difficult decision was made to put them down. We gave them a name and a place in our hearts.

An inexpensive vaccine could have easily prevented the damage these poor pups had already suffered in their short lives. A puppy should receive its first vaccination at 6-8 weeks old depending on its health, followed by boosters. Until it has received its complete series of vaccinations, please use caution when taking your pet to places such as pet stores and dog parks. To protect adult dogs, please ensure your dog's vaccinations are up-to-date. Ask your veterinarian about a recommended vaccination program for your dog.

Wink, Baby and Bell are gone but not forgotten.


Anonymous said...

So many animals are abandonded and sick. It never fails to amaze me what people do to these inoccent pets.

Anonymous said...

Its so sad that the people who owned these pups at one point didn't give them a vaccine, then abondoned them. They didn't deserve it, and why should they have to suffer out of the owners own misery and problems? r.i.p Wink baby and Bell...never to be forgotten.