Second Chance Animal Rescue Society acknowledges we are on Indigenous land in Treaty 6 territory. Land occupied, travelled, and cared for by Indigenous peoples since time immemorial. SCARS operates within the traditional meeting ground, gathering place, and travelling route of the Nêhiyawak (Cree), Anishinaabe (Saulteaux), Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), Métis, Dene, and Nakota Sioux.

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering. We take in as many homeless pets as our resources allow.  Each one is spayed or neutered, vaccinated, micro chipped and receives whatever care it needs. We typically have over 200 in care and find loving homes for over 2,000 every year.

Who we are

Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS) is a non-profit Edmonton and Athabasca based registered charity that is almost entirely volunteer operated. SCARS relies on money raised through memberships, donations, sponsorships, grants, and other fundraising efforts.

Click here to read our annual reports and member newsletters.

Our charity registration number is 863478467 RR0001.

What we do

SCARS helps communities by taking in pets that are unwanted or slated for euthanasia. We collect pets from remote area dog pounds and veterinary clinics that act as the pound. We also take in stray and abandoned pets, many of which are sick or injured. Every animal is given a veterinary and behavioural assessment and any medical care or rehabilitation it requires. We spay/neuter, vaccinate & microchip every animal that comes into our care. We find loving homes for more than 2,000 pets every year.

Preventing pet overpopulation is also a big part of what we do. SCARS actively works within northern Alberta, partnering particularly First Nations and Métis communities, where there can be a lack of accessible and/or affordable pet services.

Our Spay-Neuter-Return program provides spaying and neutering, vaccination and micro-chipping for owned pets, and our Walls 4 Winter program provides those who participate in SNR with an insulated pet shelter.

Our guarantee:

Once a SCARS pet, always a SCARS pet. If you can no longer keep your SCARS pet for any reason, please contact us and we will accept the animal back into our care – no questions asked.

We always accept the return of animals adopted from SCARS.

However, SCARS does not typically accept other owner-surrendered animals unless they are from one of our target communities. SCARS has many homeless animals waiting for a spot to become available and their life depends on it, therefore we give priority to homeless and abandoned animals. Many of SCARS animals come from northern communities that have no pound or small pounds that have time restrictions on them.

Why we do it

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SCARS is dedicated to reducing the number of homeless and abandoned animals in Northern Alberta. We believe there is a suitable home for all homeless animals, young or old. We believe pets deserve proper care and people deserve to live in safe communities with healthy, happy pets.

You can help in any of the following ways: