Pets still need your help, but we shouldn't forget how far we've come!

We can't stress enough how much animals need your help right now. Spreading messages like "adopt, don't shop" and "spay or neuter your pets" has never been more important.

Pet populations are exploding and the urgent requests we receive to help pets are ceaseless. With the addition of our Morinville Rescue Centre last October, we have been able to save more lives. This is fantastic news because, like you, we believe every life saved matters. Pets like Newman and Scuttle deserve a second chance. During January, we brought 198 animals into care (72 dogs and 126 cats) as compared to an intake of 138 animals during January 2022. We also completed an amazing 170 adoptions this month.

We have made significant gains since our mission started 20 years ago. When we first started visiting rural pounds, they had pits where they would restrain and then shoot unwanted dogs. Homeless cats had no almost no options except to fend for themselves. There was so much needless suffering.

Today we collaborate with communities to rehome unwanted pets. Animals are increasingly seen as individuals that have value and there is increasing knowledge about responsible guardianship.

With the volume of animals that need help right now, it feels a bit like two steps forward, one step back. COVID-19 impacted spay-neuter-return programs and created an exaggerated demand for pets that, unfortunately, benefited unscrupulous breeders far more than animal rescues. What follows is fewer available homes for pets and a shortage of veterinary services combined with the ever increasing cost of living. The result is more people are abandoning pets. But hope is not lost. With time and your support, we will get past the current crisis for animals. These innocent animals need our help.

Pet adoptions (please don't shop for pets), spay-neuter-return programs and the support of volunteers and donors are a big part of the solution.
Our Spay-Neuter-Return Program is key to reducing animal suffering. Sparky (shown left) recently recovered in our care after being injured while fighting over a female in heat. Sadly, another male involved in the fight died. Dogs like Sparky are part of our SNR program. The requests we receive related to females in heat are always heart breaking.
You can help pets like Sparky by supporting our Spay-Neuter-Return Program fund. Please go here to donate to this program that helps dogs and cats.

If you or someone you know is looking for a pet, please adopt. We have a large selection of cats, kittens, dogs and puppies. Let us help you find the perfect match and you'll be the hero that saves a life.

Did you know? The Netherlands is said to be the first country in the world without stray dogs. Go here and here to read about how they did it. We feel inspired by their example. Change is possible.

The Alberta SPCA's newsletter is a good resource for learn about Alberta's animal protection legislation and enforcement. Did you know there are still Alberta municipalities that choose not to have animal bylaws? This choice leaves both animals and people at risk, and contributes to pet overpopulation.

"Nothing is impossible. The word itself says: I'm possible!" —Audrey Hepburn

Support our Events

Join us for a SCARS Adoption Event at Mission Ridge Stables on March 5. There will be adoptable dogs, puppies, cats and kittens. You can also bring your recyclable bottles to support the Mission Ridge Stables' Barn Program. Learn more here.
Other SCARS events and fundraisers include:
  • SCARS Volunteer and Foster Home Orientation. Our next online orientation is February 22 at 6 p.m. There are so many ways to help, including helping at events or walking dogs at the Morinville Rescue Centre. Learn more here.
  • Purdys Chocolates Easter Fundraiser. Fill your Easter baskets with delicious Purdy's chocolate and help animals in need. The deadline to order is extended to February 26. Learn more here.
  • SCARS 50/50 Raffle. Get your 50/50 raffle ticket today. The next draw date is March 12. You have a chance to win up to $10,000. Click here to purchase tickets.
  • Puppy Yoga! Come join us for indoor puppy yoga at the Gold Bar Community League Hall on Feb. 25. Tickets sell out quickly. Learn more here.
  • SCARS Spring Gift Market. Mark your calendar for May 6 & 7 and join us at the Alberta Aviation Museum. Learn more here.
Click here for more events

Featured Adoptable Pets

Hey there! My name is Faye. I'm a cute, cuddly, playful female that is just over a year old. I love hanging out with my people. Learn more about me here.
Hi, I'm Summer. I'm a funny, playful girl that came to SCARS very skinny. I'm recovered now and looking for my forever home. I'm estimated to be just over two years old. Learn more about me here.

Featured Look at Me Now

Hello SCARS, I thought I would send a quick update on how my three fur babies are doing that I adopted from SCARS over five years ago now (Jake, Midnight and Squeeks). In the images, you can see clearly that the couch is for them and not the humans. Hopefully, this will bring a bit of brightness to everyone’s day with all the hard work you do.

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Look At Me Now stories.
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