Help animals by sponsoring an area of our Athabasca Second-Chance Country Refuge facility

To recognize the significance of our main intake facility, we decided to give it an official name and seek sponsorships. Introducing the SCARS Athabasca Second-Chance Country Refuge. Our facility houses sanctuary and foster animals (many with special needs) and serves as a temporary stop for many of the intakes on their way to foster homes. This picture-perfect rural location has heated buildings and a variety of indoor kennels and outdoor runs. It also has acres of walking trails that we use to provide animals with exercise and enrichment. Individuals or businesses can use our new sponsorship program to acknowledge family, friends, special occasions, honour someone's memory, or promote a business. Your sponsorship will support the needs of the many animals currently in our care.
Learn More About The Sponsorships
As we near the end of May, our adoptions are at 101 animals (57 cats and 44 dogs) with 91 new animals coming into care (60 cats and 31 dogs). Adoptions are still slow but a bit improved from last month.

Featured Rescue Stories

Meet Santiago. This handsome boy was injured by a tractor. He is currently recovering from a surgery to remove his badly injured leg. Click here for more.

This young cat is still a baby herself, yet she came into our care pregnant. Her first kitten was large and a very difficult birth for this small mom. Sadly, the kitten didn't survive. She also gave birth to two more very tiny babies. Click here for more.

Our Spay-Neuter-Return and Walls for Winter Programs
Preventing pet overpopulation is a big part of what we do. SCARS actively works within northern Alberta, partnering with First Nations and Métis communities where there is a lack of accessible and/or affordable pet services. Our Spay-Neuter-Return program helps animals (such as the ones featured in the video below) by providing spaying and neutering, vaccination and micro-chipping for owned pets, and our Walls for Winter program provides those who participate in SNR with an insulated pet shelter. Did you know that we completed 199 spay and neuter returns last year. That equals THOUSANDS of animals saved from unplanned, unwanted litters. Please consider donating to our programs. You can also donate supplies to our Walls for Winter Program by contacting

Upcoming Events

Join us on June 3 for our next “online” orientation about volunteering for SCARS. The first part of the session explains our operations and the ways you can volunteer, and then we talk about fostering for SCARS. Learn more here.

Our 18th annual Tails on the Trails Family Fun Day & Pledge Walk takes place Saturday, July 16 (rain or shine). Join us for the day and participate in the pledge walk, check out the vendors and silent auction, do some puppy yoga & much more. Start collecting pledges today and help save animals Learn more here.
Everyone is welcome to stop by the Good Earth Coffeehouse (10147 - 124 Street, Edmonton) with their furry best friends on June 11 from 11AM to 2PM. They will be serving up delicious mini cappuccinos that are perfect for your pup and offering pet portraits by donation. all proceed will go to SCARS. Learn more here.
Join us at Legends Golf and Country Club on August 19 for a day of golfing and fun with SCARS supporters! Have a meal, meet new people and a SCARS animal or two. Edmonton Elks Cheer Team will be onsite with games and puppies. There will be trophies, prizes, and more! Click here for more information and to register.
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Featured Adoptables

I'm Bing, an approximately 2.5 year old female, mixed breed who is super adorable and a nice size at just over 40 pounds.
I'm Pancake. I am a six-month-old, fun loving female kitten. I enjoy being active and especially love lazer and string toys.
Click Here to See More Adoptable Pets

Featured "Look at Me Now" Story

The family of Sebastian (formerly Jake Blues) wanted to share their pup's amazing transformation. They adopted him exactly a year ago!
See More "Look at Me Now" Stories
Do you have a SCARS pet? Click here to join our Facebook alumni group.
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