Rescue of 18 Dogs from La Loche

Rescue groups in the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan have a great network of dedicated, tireless, animal savers. We often join forces or ask one another for help. It’s a busy time of year for most groups and, with the Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force holding clinics that include large numbers of surrenders, there are a limited number of foster home placements available.

We don’t always agree on everything, but all the groups have the same goal—rescue pets in need. SCARS is fortunate to sometimes be able to help other rescues and that means we get to visit new communities and meet fellow rescuers. That was the case recently when we responded to a call to help from La Loche, Saskatchewan.

The rescue started when the La Loche area RCMP were contacted to help a gentleman who loved dogs, but had gotten a few too many to be able to properly care for them. The RCMP contacted their community animal rescue liaison and a “call for help” was posted.

Although we are very busy, SCARS did some shuffling and responded to the call. Our reward is that we saved pets and met some great people, including the kind gentleman trying to help as many dogs as he could. His home is where the first seven of this rescue came from. It was easy to see on our drive through the community that the pet population problem hadn’t been resolved in La Loche. We offered to take a drive with the local rescue ladies and the RCMP to help round up a few more pets in need.

The community was very supportive of our presence and is developing new ways to increase the amount of help they receive for pets. With the closest veterinarian 3.5 hours away, it is not an easy task. Eighteen dogs came home with SCARS that day. It was a long drive to a new home for a confused group of pups that are timidly starting their new adventure and life.

Many will go up for adoption quickly as they are friendly, happy pets, but some of the others will remain in care longer because they need some time and guidance to become adoptable.

When responding to cases of a hoarding nature and/or cases where dogs are receiving care but not being socialized, many of them are traumatized. It is hard on rescue groups to intake animals that have to remain in care for extended periods to develop social skills. SCARS is lucky to have the space and dedicated, experienced foster homes willing and able to help these types of pets. If not for rescues like SCARS, dogs like this might have no other options.

We will post updates on their progress. In the meantime, here are some photos from the day!

Please donate to SCARS so we can continue to be there for dogs like these who desperately needed a safe haven.

UPDATE ON 2 OF THE DOGS: Meet Liri and Libre. Both names mean free or freedom. They are two of the dogs who came into our care from La Loche last week. They are young (best guess is 2-yrs-old), female lab crosses who have received very little socialization so far in their lives. They are really sweet, but cautious of people. Their foster mom, Heather, is spending lots of time hanging out with them to win their trust. She says they are slowly warming up to her. They are more comfortable when she sits low to the ground. SCARS knows lots of tricks for helping dogs like this, such as allowing them to spend time with well socialized dogs that they can learn from. The most  important thing is not to rush them. We need to give them time to get over their anxiety before they will be made available for adoption.