What a Month of Rescue Stories!

Without you, we couldn't do what we do. Thank you for helping us grow and change even more lives: dog and human. Our February 2021 intake number is 132 (compared to 73 in February 2020). Our adoptions this month are currently 120 (compared to 105 in February 2020).
Little miss Dabke came into care on February 21st with canine parvo virus. She received urgent care at VCA Canada Guardian Veterinary Centre before being transferred to Westlock Veterinary Centre. She is finally feeling better and has been cleared to transfer to a foster home. Thank you to everyone who has donated directly to her care. ❤️ 🐶
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On February 20th, we got a call about an injured dog named Buster (yes another injured Buster!).
When he was picked up, his injuries were clear. Buster had a bad eye and a deep wound on his leg, but it was only once the injuries were cleaned that the extent of his injuries could be seen. Buster had surgery to remove his eye and to repair his front leg. Since then, even more issues were discovered, including a lot of bruising on his abdomen. His care is ongoing.

Thank you to our amazing team for getting Buster into care and to the staff at Westlock Veterinary Center for getting Buster on the road to recovery.

*He is not available for adoption at this time*
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To say Lenore had an eventful weekend would be an understatement. At 10:30 PM on a Saturday night, Lenore went into stage 1 labour. Previous x-rays had indicated she was only going to have one kitten, but it was going to be a big one. So, once she went into labour, her foster parents kept very close eye on her; all night long… and into the next morning. Her fosters contacted Westlock Veterinary Center and it was decided that if there was no baby by noon, she needed to come in. Well that deadline came and went and still no baby, so she was packed up for the hour long drive.

Lenore was prepped for a c-section and after just a few minutes they managed to find her kitten, get him out and get him cleaned up. While under, Lenore was then spayed so she would never have to go through this ordeal again. And after about 45 minutes mom and her baby were reunited.

So please join us in welcoming all 131 grams of ‘heck yeah’; this beautiful kitten named Solo! 

We want to thank the wonderful staff of the Westlock Veterinary Center; Brendan, Jake, Reagan, Cassie and Kailee, who came in on their Sunday afternoon off to perform the surgery for Lenore and Solo.

*Lenore and Solo are not ready for adoption at this time*
Talk about luck!
Less than 12 hour after she was rescued, our very pregnant Reese, gave birth to eight puppies in the safety of her foster home. 💜💙
*Mom and puppies are not available for adoption at this time*
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Join our NEW alumni group

Our alumni group is growing full of wonderful and dedicated pet parents! Have you joined us yet? We would love it if you did! 
On this page we welcome updates, stories, photos/videos about your four legged family members since being adopted from SCARS and living in their furever home! 🐾 ❤️

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Thank you!

SCARS would like to thank Pamela Ginger for her support by sponsoring sanctuary animal Puss Puss for 6 months! It's because of this generosity that these animals can continue to thrive and have the quality of life they deserve!
You can read Sanctuary Animal Puss Puss's story here:
For more information on SCARS Sanctuary Animal Program, check out:

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.
Join our Plant Night March 19! Ticket sales end March 3, so click here to grab them quick! 
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! 

Show off your SCARS pride and stay stylish in this buffalo plaid flannel top! It features a modern fit with two chest pockets, button cuffs and roll up sleeves. Perfect for all the seasons Alberta throws at you! 

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

Order your 2021 SCARS Calendar today!


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 Volunteer-Amber Freysteinson

I am a SCARS rescue mom of a pint sized staffy named MJ (who we adopted in July of 2020) and two cats named Evy and Killian (adopted from EHS a few years ago). I have a fiancé named Ben,  and we are getting married this October with however many guests we are legally allowed - ha-ha!

I officially started volunteering for SCARS in November 2020 or least that's when I took on my first active role as a Purdy's Chocolate "pick up location" for our Christmas fundraiser. I recently started helping with our Facebook page(s) as well so you may have already spoken to me and didn't even know it!!

I started volunteering for SCARS because I admire what they do and how they do it to help animals. Whether that's going the extra step to educate communities or sending out warm shelters for the northern outdoor pets when the temperatures get below uncomfortable, even for them. It just warms my heart every time I see a huge animal intake and then all the interest from potential adopters online. I can't wait to see how I can help out SCARS in the future with their meaningful mission to help those who can't ask for it themselves.

Thank you, SCARS! The supporters and my fellow volunteers are the unsung heroes these fur babies need!

Look at Me Now

Hello SCARS, We adopted Winston (now named Merlin) and just wanted to share how well he’s settling in. This little boy is such a joy to have and brings a smile to our face everyday. Thank you so much for all you do!
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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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