Rescue Stories - Our Work is Never Complete!

We are ever grateful for your continued support. We would never be able to do the work we do without you! Our March 2021 intake number is 106. Our adoptions this month are currently 140.
Jag has had a bit of a ruff go before coming into SCARS care! Thankfully he is getting the medical care and love from his foster home he needs to recover! He is not available for adoption at this time, but please continue to keep him in your thoughts as he heals. 
The amount of love our foster homes give to these animals – makes us speechless.
Meet Dezzy and her crew of babies. When they arrived in foster care, it was noted that they were not doing well. Our foster home took a late night drive to the Westlock Vet Centre to drop off the puppies. While they were tested for parvo (thankfully negative) and treated for dehydration and diarrhea, we had a very worried momma at home waiting for her babies.
The foster mom was very diligent at making sure Dezzy didn’t have mastitis, gave her the relief she needed, and ensuring she was calm. For nearly two days the puppies needed to stay at Westlock to ensure they were healthy enough to return home!
Finally, momma got her babies back and thankfully they took to her milk again right away. 💕 🐶
It’s never a slow day for SCARS' volunteers!! ❤️ 🐾
On March 12 alone, we had:
✅ 10 spay, neuter, returns (SNR).
✅ 1 stray cat.
✅ 1 dog with a broken leg.
✅ 1 dog that had been hit by a car.
SCARS is committed to helping the communities we work with by providing spay-neuter-return and surrender programs. These programs help to ensure the health and safety of not only the animal population but also community residents.
To be able to fulfill this commitment, we rely on donations from supporters like you! Click here to learn more about our SNR program and here to donate.Your help can make a difference in the lives of these precious animals!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Every year SCARS holds fundraising initiatives that support our mission to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering. We are seeking your support to help us reach our goal of donating 100% of the proceeds from these initiatives directly to the animals in our care. Click here to learn more.

Thank You! 

NAIT’s 2021 Animal Health Technology class recently donated just over $2,000 to SCARS.

The students began raising these funds before the onset of the pandemic with the intention of making a practicum trip. However, when COVID-19 prevented them from travelling, they decided to help SCARS instead.

We were invited to visit NAIT where we met with students’ Prab and Gabrielle. Mike and alumna, Ceilidh accepted the donation from Gabrielle on behalf of SCARS. We truly appreciate their generosity and congratulate them in advance on their May 2021 graduation. The world needs more compassionate, animal care professionals.

Thank you to Dogtrix Doggy Daycare & Training Centre in Fort Saskatchewan for raising $840 for SCARS with their March 25th Photobooth/Easter party fundraiser.

Owner, Karen, told us that SCARS is fan favourite among their pet parents. We truly appreciate the support!

Join our NEW alumni group

Our Facebook alumni group is dedicated to wonderful, dedicated pet parents like you! Have you joined us yet? We would love it if you did. We welcome the updates, stories, photos/videos about your four-legged family members since being adopted from SCARS! 🐾 ❤️

Join today!

Volunteer Orientation- Join Us! 

Join us for an “online” orientation about volunteering for SCARS!

The first part of the session explains our operations and the ways you can volunteer, and then we will talk about how to become a foster home for SCARS!

This is a family-friendly event! Attending does not obligate you to volunteer or foster but will give you an inside look at our operations. If you have any questions, email to

Date: Saturday, April 10, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Mountain Time

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Current and Upcoming Events

In an effort to do our part to flatten the curve through physical distancing, we and/or our supporters have created some online fundraisers and animal fun for our supporters! Stay tuned to our social media channels for event updates.

If you like LimeLife by Alcone products, check out this fundraiser for SCARS!

Purchase through Lori Clark until April 2nd, and she will donate 100% of her commission, which is 20% of all product sales, to SCARS.

Click here to view and purchase products.

Lori Clark’s colleague, Brenda, did an interview with Terra Maclean where they discuss SCARS and our recent rescue work. Click here to watch it!

Visit our events page
Keep an eye out for our next Facebook Auction . Please join the group to see our amazing auction items and participate! If you are interested in donating an auction item, please contact


We have some new and awesome items! 

We are spending more time outside as the weather warms. Show off your SCARS pride with this adjustable hat in charcoal!

** All profits from our merchandise sales go directly to our animal rescue efforts. **


Have you joined ResQwalk yet? It’s free, and the Best Friends Animal Society distributes about $1,000 U.S. every month based on the number of miles you walk. All you have to do is download the app and designate "Second Chance Animal Rescue Society" as the rescue you want to support. When you walk the dog (or anything else) just start a new walk, and your phone will keep track of how far you go. To download the app, go the App Store or Google Play

Feature Volunteers - Walls For Winter Team

Thank you to SCARS volunteers, Trish (our W4W coordinator), Trudy, Ryan, Teresa and Chris for spending the day (March 14) painting a total of 17 dog houses and 6 cat houses.
Thank you as well to Adam and Noel for their help with shelter building, and Lenard for always picking up and delivering these houses.
We are also grateful to the Grove Decorating Centre for always supplying our paint!

Look at Me Now - In Loving Memory Of Manuka

In memory of ….
LOOK AT ME NOW update…
Hi SCARS, Manuka was adopted thru PARS/SCARS (November 2007 to March 16-2021).
I remember the day like it was yesterday... seeing Manuka for the first time at an adoption event. Terra (PARS at the time) was fostering Manuka (aka, Maluka). Manuka was about 1 1/2 years young. She filled our hearts with such joy as soon as we saw her. She has filled her family's hearts with such joy and happiness every single minute of every single day since. 
Manuka was our fastest runner, our biggest goofball, sweetest, gentlest... she loved to run, and every bit of water she found, it was to leap into, splash about, such joy to be had in the simplest things. Manuka was diagnosed with lower spinal degeneration two years ago. Every few weeks she received manual therapy, herbals etc., that helped her live pain free and mobile. She loved her integrative Veterinarian.
Manuka was alert, sharp as a whip and always had a hearty appetite right up until the last 24 hours. I remember the adoption bio on Manuka (and Terra's verbal at adoption event). Part of it was that Manuka is very smart, sometimes too smart for her own good and has some quirks. She had been returned from what we knew. Terra knew our Manuka inside/out, right to a tee. Manuka wore her Salamander collar all these years, after handing it to Terra to put on her when we picked her up. I always remember that, Terra was/is incredible! 
Manuka meant the world to her family, she was perfect in every possible way. We miss our Manuka beyond measure. I smell her collar, her bed, her to her a lot...she is watching over her family now.
She'll always be with us. Thank you SCARS for all you do. 
Love, peace and much regards, 
Manuka and her family. 
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SCARS is doing its part to limit the spread of COVID-19 to protect the public and our volunteers. The good news is that we are still able to complete adoptions. Click here to learn more.


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