SCARS foster puppies enjoying some play time in their foster home!
Happy New Year and Thank you!

Thank you, Hiy Hiy, Mahalo, Gracias, Merci, Grazie, Marsı,

SCARS wants to be here for animals now and a long time in the future. Your amazing outpouring of generosity over the past two months has allowed us to continue the mission of saving the most vulnerable. Intakes are open and we are actively rescuing our furry friends from the cold. Your care and concern have replenished our operating funds to meet our medical and operating costs. 

Not only have our immediate expenses been taken care of, but your donations have given SCARS the opportunity to take what has long been a dream to the planning stage for our future vision, a SCARS facility. We are still tallying, but through the support each one of you have given, we have raised $453,000 towards our Fund a Future for our Fur-iends initiative. There are not enough words of gratitude – so we will simply say thank you from our hearts and the wags and purrs of those we are dedicated to help.

This has been a record year in many ways. We brought in over 2,100 animals, a significant increase from 1,464 in 2019. Watch our social media channels on New Year's Day for a contest to win a SCARS toque by guessing the number of adoption applications we received and the number of adoptions we completed during 2020.

The SCARS future is much brighter, just a few short weeks after our world looked a little bleak, and we have you, our loyal supporters, to thank. Every contribution, from every person and business has made a life saving difference. We promise to continue to use your donation dollars wisely.

Wishing everyone all the best for a healthy and happy 2021.

Sylvia Christiansen
SCARS President
Let's say goodbye and good riddance to 2020 and ring in 2021 while playing Bingo Toonz, maybe win some prizes, & support sweet animals!
NYE Tickets are on sale now! Find all the details of the event and
purchase tickets here.

Tickets (per household):

  • Early Bird 25$ (until Dec. 30)
  • Regular 35$

***Online Link will be sent to all Attendees at least 2 hours before showtime***

In Loving Memory of Myrna Coombs

We are very sad to share that a beloved member of our SCARS family passed away on December 18, 2020. Myrna Coombs loved animals and cared about their welfare throughout her life.

She had over 50 years of volunteer experience including 35 years on the boards of a variety of organizations related to family, community and personal interests.

Myrna was a member of our volunteer board of directors for over seven years, serving most recently as our chair. For the past nine years, she volunteered on our animal transport team and drove thousands of kilometres over the years to bring hundreds of animals into care. She often transported animals on short notice and over great distances. As well, she was a foster home supervisor who personally fostered over 400 puppies and kittens. No small feat.

Myrna provided us with sound governance advice. She also provided support and guidance to our volunteers and adopters, and gave animals a safe place to heal. She led a selfless and giving life. We loved Myrna a lot and are so grateful to have known her. She will be sadly missed.

Rescue Stories
Hi, I am Tiger. A trap got the best of me. I’m thankful to the wonderful people at SCARS who got me to the Westlock Veterinary Center for an amputation. I am also grateful for the veterinary team who saved me from pain and the SCARS foster family who welcomed me into their home where I am recovering until I can be adopted.
Hi, I am Ziana. On December 13th, I won the lottery of my life. I became a SCARS dog! It was a long day with hours of driving, but I made it from northern Alberta to the safety of my new foster home. As you can see, my rescue did not come a moment too soon. I am terribly thin and battling a severe skin infection, among other issues.
I got to see the vet right away. My poor condition and malnutrition combined with parasites are the root cause of my problem and a secondary bacterial infection set in on top of that. I have a fair bit of healing to do but I am on the road to recovery. It is not all good news though. Unfortunately, I am deaf. I do not react to any kind of sound at all. I know this might be a challenge for me, but clearly, I am a brave girl, so I am sure I am going to be just fine.
I got my first bath on December 17. They told me I was a certified good dog about it! I have a long way to go until I am ready for adoption, but I am starting to feel so much better.
Hi, I'm Everest. I was a new intake when I started to vomit early Christmas morning at my foster home. My foster mom kept a close eye on me, but by the time all the presents had been opened, she knew she needed to rush me to the Lloydminster Animal Hospital.

I tested positive for parvovirus and had to remain at the clinic. Foster mom said she has something to be thankful for as the family who surrendered me had debated keeping me until after Christmas. Thank goodness I came into care when I did. I am happy to share that I am recovering and was able to return to my foster home on December 30.
We want to say a big THANK YOU to all the people, businesses and local artists who raised funds and donated to SCARS. We had so many people step up to help, we can't even begin to describe how grateful we are for each and every single one of you. Without you, we couldn't continue to do what we do. So again, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts. 
We are overwhelmed with the kindness of everyone in the SCARS community! Champion Petfoods has been a supporter for many years and has donated food for our animals countless times. This year was a bit different – we received 25 pallets of donated food AND a surprise cheque donation of $10,000! This will go really far towards feeding our animals in need.

Bison Transport graciously donated their time and truck to assist with the transportation of the donated pallets of food. This was a monumental feat and we truly could not have done it as smoothly without their help. Thank you!

Community HUB for SCARS

We are so grateful to Great West Newspapers for featuring SCARS on the Community HUB section of their (powered by Athabasca Advocate, Barrhead Leader, Westerlock News) website.

The feature provides information on what we do and highlights some of our key volunteers. Plus, they donated a spotlight story titled “SCARS – Changing Lives through Animal Rescue”, and they are featuring a different adoptable pet each week!

This generous donation helps us build local support in communities that are at the heart of our operations. Our main intake facility is located just north of Athabasca.

Current and Upcoming Events

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

Click the images below for more information!
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
Click here to check out our awesome merch and be as styling as this guy! 
Order your 2021 SCARS Calendar today!

ONLINE Foster Home and Volunteer Orientation

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!

Date: Saturday, Jan 9, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. MOUNTAIN TIME
Location: Your computer or tablet via Zoom

Click here for the Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 862 3513 0023
Passcode: 632642
Find your local number:

Note: If you are not interested in fostering, you are free to leave the session when the first part of the session ends.


Hey SCARS crew! We all know that one of the safest and healthiest things we can do at this weird time is to walk the dog(s). If you’re walking your dog, you probably take your phone with you. So why not get the ResQwalk app and help raise a bit of cash for SCARS? 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 to…

Look at Me Now Update: Prince

Hello SCARS, I wanted to send you an update on our adoption of Arkady, now Prince. From the second we laid eyes on him, we were smitten! He has brought light, laughter and love with his larger than life personality and his insistence on cuddling every minute he can. He has two speeds: 100 miles an hour or sleeping! He has won us over, including our grumpy Gus, who is learning to play and not be so serious all the time!

Read more


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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