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.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Lilly's Story

On Saturday May 24, 2008 SCARS received a call from a nearby First Nations Community about a small dog that had been spotted with what appeared to be a neck wound. Although the dog was now nowhere to be found, SCARS was thrilled when we received a second call on Sunday, May 25 saying that the dog had been located. SCARS volunteers Mike and Laurel rushed out to collect the dog. What they found was worse than they could imagine. The little dog, no more than 30 pounds, had a gaping neck wound and was so ill it was no longer moving.

SCARS rushed the pup to the Edmonton Emergency Vet Clinic who quickly assessed the situation, knowing that they needed to work on the infection immediately. Removal of all surrounding tissue was necessary and although after hours of surgery they were successful, the fear still remained that the infection had spread to her spinal cord.

We didn’t know if she would make it.

We named her Lilly.

Lilly is about 6 years old. She is a beautiful little pup with big brown eyes. Although sick, she is gentle and desperately wants affection. But sadly humans had not been kind to her. Lilly’s injuries were caused in part because someone shot her. We found five pellets in her little body; four in her chest and one in her hind leg.

Lilly has undergone a lot of treatments. Her x-rays revealed that the infection had not spread, but we gave her a plasma transfusion to help give her system a boost. Further problems include rotting teeth and mammary gland issues. We are cautiously optimistic that Lilly will be very resilient and overcome all of these traumas. SCARS would like to give special thanks to our wonderful volunteers Mike, Laurel and Jamie. Without their compassion, this little dog most likely would have died. SCARS also wants to thank Edmonton Emergency Veterinarian Clinic's Dr. Bisset. Her attention, care and compassion to both Lilly and our volunteers is very appreciated.

The costs to rehabilitate dogs like Lilly are enormous. If you would like to donate to Lilly’s fund, please visit our donations page.

Thank you for supporting rescue and little lost pups like Lilly.

We are thrilled to report that Lily has recovered and has been adopted into a wonderful and loving home!