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Thank You for Being a Friend!

We are so grateful for the amazing donations we have received this month from our regular donors and everyone who donated to SCARS as part of the Betty White Challenge. The animals have never needed you more. January has been a brutal month for homeless pets. Our volunteers has seen unspeakable suffering due to extreme weather, injuries, illness and neglect. Everything from moms with babies in the freezing cold, to pets hit by vehicles and those suffering from painful skin conditions. We could not have helped them without our community partners who bring suffering to our attention and our amazing volunteers and supporters who make saving pets possible.

In addition to our regular intake at rural pounds and emergency rescues, we also completed spay-neuter-returns and a pet roundup day this month. We visited the Wabasca on January 26 and brought 22 animals into care (see images below).

As we close the month, our numbers so far are 122 pets coming into care (71 dogs and 51 cats) and 129 adoptions (49 dogs and 80 cats). We also transferred 5 pets to partner organizations and provided 9 spay-neuter-returns.

Our Spay-Neuter-Return Program

Below are images of some of the pets we helped this month through our Spay-Neuter-Return program. Our program involves transporting owned pets to one of our veterinary partners to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, dewormed and micro chipped. The pets spend one or more days recovering at the clinic and then we return them to their homes. We are always looking for more volunteer drivers to assist with this program during the day Monday to Friday. We also need donations to cover the veterinary and transport costs. If you want to donate to this program, add an "SNR Program" memo with your donation. Click here to learn more.

Featured Rescue Stories 

This past month has been brutal. The stories we are sharing are not even our most tragic. We brought in several animals with severe injuries or frostbite that could only be helped through humane euthanasia. At least they experienced our love and their suffering was ended. Tragic as it is, this is also an important part of what we do.

Some examples of this month's rescue stories are two dogs with demodex mange, Agatha and Riblet. This skin condition looks terrible and feels incredibly itchy to the dogs, but we expect both to fully recover. Aggie is featured in the video above. Patty was left at a pound because she was "too old." This sweet girl is thin and has lots of aches and pains. She is getting the care she needs and is feeling much better. Alistar is a young dog that had been hit by a car. He needed urgent care to remove an injured eye and will need surgery for one of his hips. Bella was another emergency call about a dog that had been hit by a car. She is a young dog who needed emergency care for a broken pelvis. Bailey was also hit by a vehicle but, sadly, the injury had been left to heal on its own. As a result, it did not heal properly and our vet team concluded amputation was her best option.
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January 17 was an incredible day! A wonderful, amazing, brilliant day! What a splendid tribute to Betty White, someone who loved animals with all her heart.Thanks to all of you who celebrated an icon and gave to animal welfare charities in her honor. For SCARS, your generosity was over $70,000.

2022 SCARS Calendars

Our 2022 calendars ARE STILL AVAILABLE. Thanks to the generosity of our calendar sponsors, all proceeds from calendar sales go to our rescue efforts. Calendars can be purchased online or in select stores in Alberta. Learn more here.

SCARS is Hiring

Do you have experience coordinating fundraising efforts and a desire to make our charity grow? SCARS is looking for a full-time paid Fundraising Development Manager.

For more information on the role and to apply, click here. The competition closes February 3, 2022 at midnight.

Upcoming Events

Meet some adoptable dogs and cats at our Fall in Love adoption event from 11AM to 4PM on Sunday, February 13 at Mission Ridge Stables. We encourage potential adopters to complete a general adoption application before the event. Click here to learn more.

NAIT students will be at PetSmart (3680 – 50 Street, Edmonton) on February 19 & 26 from 10AM to 3PM to collect donations of cash and pet food for SCARS. We are so grateful for their support.

Join us on March 5 at 10AM for an “online” orientation about 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. Click here for the Zoom link.

Save the date! Our spring craft fair is scheduled for May 1st at the Alberta Aviation Museum on Kingsway Avenue in Edmonton. Watch our website for more information.

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Featured Adoptables


We are Butch & Sundance, the sweetest pair of brothers you could ever meet. We are about six months old and love to snuggle together. We also enjoy being lap cats!

My name is Franklin. Best guess is that I am one to two years old. I'm a collie/husky mix that is about 70 pounds. I'm good with other dogs and house trained.
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Featured "Look at Me Now" Story

Message to SCARS... Here are some adorable photos of Eevee (formerly Lia) who we recently adopted. She has been fitting in perfectly and seems to be very happy in her forever home.
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