How to help

The Walls 4 Winter program provides insulated pet shelters and straw to residents in rural communities that otherwise would not be able to provide warm shelter for their pets. This program includes providing Spay-Neuter-Return of owned pets.

Julie Bayliss gets a hug from Muffin and Lucky, two owned community dogs

Provide supplies for a doghouse

To keep this project going, we need supply donations. The supplies we need include:

  • 1/4 inch plywood
  • ×4 studs
  • 2×4 pressure treated studs
  • insulation (or companies willing to do spray foam insulation)
  • 1 1/4″ screws
  • 1 1/4″ staples for a pneumatic stapler (similar to a brad nailer – it uses compressed air)
  • hinges/hasps
  • “Liquid Rubber” paint

How to help:

  • Make an online donation to SCARS and indicate in the “Message for Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS)” area that you want the donation to go towards our Walls for Winter program.
  • Donations of gift cards to stores that sell the supplies listed above
  • Become a corporate sponsor!

Become a Builder

Are you interested in helping to build pet shelters? We welcome anyone who can thinks they can follow a plan to join us with our shelter builds!

Prior to COVID-19, and since January 2015, we partnered with the Alberta Job Corps. They were looking for a new project for their program and our project fits their needs. We provided the supplies and they provided the talent to build the finished product. They could built up to 10 high-quality pet shelters each week that were fully insulated and provided wind break. Best of all, all the pieces are detachable which made them convenient to store and transport. We would screw the pieces together when we arrived at our community destinations.

Details Insulation is another one of our generous partners. They sprayfoam the floor of every shelter at no cost to SCARS. This makes the shelters even warmer!

We are very grateful for this ongoing support!

How to help:

If you (or your company) are interested in helping us build shelters, send an email to

Image of the walls for winter program in progress
Truck and trailer full of dog houses for the Walls for Winter program

Deliver doghouses

We need volunteers to help us deliver the shelters. Once the shelters are constructed or donated they need to be delivered to the home that needs it most. This is a commitment of six plus hours and we especially need people who are available during working hours Monday to Friday.

Become a SCARS volunteer driver

For more information, please contact 780-466-SCAR(7227) or email

Thank you to all of our supporters for helping us make this program successful.