The puppy pictured above is one of the 134 animals (67 dogs and 67 cats) we brought into care this month. We also found 97 animals (35 dogs and 62 cats) their furever homes.

Our adoption returns for 2021 reached 67 this month, which is the total number of returns we had for all of 2020. As people return to work, we encourage them to reach out for assistance if they are having difficulty adjusting their pets to being home alone for longer periods of time. Visit our website for links to resources or contact us if you have concerns about your SCARS pet.

This summer the rural pounds are filling up as quickly as we can empty them. These animals count on us. We are so grateful for your continued support.

Rescue Stories 

I'm Pilot. I am the best boy! Well that is what people keep telling me, so I am going with it. Nine days ago my life hung in the balance. I was barely alive, fighting infection, in shock, with weak vital signs. My will to live along with the skill of my vet team and all your goodwill pulled me through.
Today I improved enough to have some of my wounds stitched up. This is excellent progress I am told. My right elbow is a serious problem, the damage is so severe I may lose the leg. That will be the last resort, but it is a possibility. Not going to worry about that for even a minute, life as a tripod is still life, after all.
I am likely about four years old. I am gentle and loving with my caregivers. A dog that has been mauled, often reacts in fear or anger to other dogs, so far that is not true for me. I am wagging my tail and happy to meet other canines.

Click here to read more (warning: graphic images).
My name is Bandit. Mine is a hard story to tell. I am tired and ill and my prognosis is full of questions. I am definitely a senior. A SCARS volunteer heard about a dog wandering and was compelled to go see if she could help. She found me and knew I was in desperate need of help. I've been in care for just over a week and there is not a lot of progress to report except that I am feeling a bit better. My feet are less painful, my eyes are a little clearer and my skin is slightly less inflamed. Unfortunately, my ear infections are still very uncomfortable and I am not eating very well. I am getting excellent care and everyone is trying their best for me. Click here to read more.

Upcoming Events

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

Bring your empties to fill a trailer (or two!) with all proceeds from bottle deposits going towards the amazing animals we have in our care. We are offering contactless porch pick ups; however, the spots are limited. If you wish to see if you can schedule a pick up please email

We will also have adoptable animals looking for their furever home on site. Please ensure you have completed a general application prior to attending the event. In the name field on the application please reference “adoption event” and it will be pre-screened in time for the event!

** More details on which animals will be attending will be shared a few days prior to the event so please watch for our event updates. **

That’s not all! We will have SCARS merchandise and free (human) goodies available for everyone who stops by to say hello!

Hainstock’s Funeral Home & Crematorium’s has once again graciously donated their parking lot for us to use.
We can’t wait and hope to see you there:
9810 34 Avenue NW, Edmonton. 

Tired of being cooped up over the last 18 months? Are you ready to have some FUN? Join us for our first annual “SCAVENGER HUNT” and help raise money for SCARS. Click here to learn more.

Join us for 18 holes Texas Scramble with steak dinner (vegetarian option) at Goose Hummock Golf Resort. We are also looking for sponsorships and prize donations! Click here to learn more.

Join SCARS for outdoor yoga classes with our adorable adoptables. Tickets are $25 each and the remaining dates are August 8, 15 and 29 (1 PM and 2 PM). All classes take place outdoors at Kenilworth Arena (weather permitting). Click here for Tickets

This September 18 and 19, be inside someone else’s house for a change! Tour inside five remarkable and impressive homes in Edmonton, all in support of Ballet Edmonton and us! Each ticket allows one patron to view each home at their own pace over the two-day tour period. Early bird pricing at 25% off is available now and $5 from every ticket sold using our promo code comes back to our organization! Our promo code is SCARS21. Click here for tickets!
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Check This Out!

Tails on the Trails 2021 Wrap-up

Thank you to our amazing volunteer planning committee and everyone who collected pledges this year! We raised $10,825 for SCARS. Click here for more.

Thank you to the construction crew at TLA Developments for helping us build insulated pet shelters on July 16th at their Mayfield Road location in Edmonton. We were able to complete six shelters and lumber was donated to build more.

We are thrilled to have their support for our program that gives outdoor pets warm shelter during our cold Alberta winters. For more information on our program and how you can help, visit Walls 4 Winter.

Thank you as well to Global Edmonton and CBC for covering the event. To listen to the CBC segment, go to Dog shelters | Edmonton AM with Mark Connolly, Tara McCarthy | Live Radio | CBC Listen.

Thank you to Windsor Plywood for helping SCARS raise money for our Walls 4 Winter insulated pet shelters program. Between their five locations, they collected $3,243.23 with their fundraiser that concluded on June 30. The individual locations collected funds as follows: North East $789.50; West $889; North (St. Albert Trail) $748; Leduc $370; and Sherwood Park $446.73. Thank you to everyone who donated.

We are also very grateful to our W4W volunteer coordinators, Trish and Brenda, and all the volunteers who work so hard to keep this life saving program going.

Every year SCARS holds fundraising initiatives that support our mission to promote 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.

Second Chances – Going Down This Road Again Fundraiser

In 2019, SCARS provided images for the video for Bob Donaldson’s single “Second Chances (Going Down This Road Again)” to bring awareness to animal rescue.

Now Bob is trying to raise $75,000 in support of SCARS with the support of Callioux Law. They are proud to support this cause that is close to their hearts. Callioux Law is a law firm that specializes in family law and child welfare and they have their own service dog! Fozzie helps comfort children and clients of all ages.

Thanks to Callioux Law’s support, starting on June 14, you will hear promotions of this campaign on CISN 103.9/630 CHED/Global Edmonton!

They have also teamed up with Canada Helps to collect donations and make it easy for supporters to receive a tax receipt! Click here to learn more and to donate!

Click here to listen and view  the music video to Second Chances (Going Down This Road Again) that features SCARS dogs!
We hope you love it as much as we do!

Look at Me Now

An unlikely hero!

Tynder has been with SCARS as a sanctuary animal for seven years. Although comfortable with those she knows and comfortable with the animals in the home, she is quiet and fearful of most things. Her response to anything new or different or loud is to run and hide. She rarely makes a sound, reserving a few happy little woofs for mealtimes as the food arrives in her dish. She is comfortable in her familiar surroundings and enjoys her quiet life.
Last month on a Saturday night, at two in the morning her household was awoken by ferocious growling and barking. Click here to read more.
Hi SCARS, it's me, Tiny! I just wanted to say thanks for bringing me to my new furever home! I was brought to the Westlock Veterinary Centre in December 2020 when I was not doing well and unable to walk. That’s where I met my new mom! I was very scared at first and didn’t trust easily, but she took the time to make me feel comfortable and we fell in love with each other. She was the only one I would let take care of me. It took a while but eventually I started walking again (very wobbly at first) but I’m 100% back to normal and thriving at my new home!

Thank you SCARS and the wonderful staff at the Westlock Veterinary Centre for saving me, making me healthy, and finding me my furever home!
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