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 with 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.
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.
Many of the animals that come into our care make a first stop at Sylvia’s intake facility near Athabasca. This lovingly cared for property is home to many of our sanctuary animals and many foster animals in our care. Some photos of the facility are shown below.