SCARS has no central facility but instead uses private foster homes to temporarily care for its animals until they are adopted. We have foster homes in the Edmonton area as well as other areas such as Westlock, Stony Plain and Athabasca.
How can I adopt an animal from SCARS?
Adopting a SCARS rescue involves a few steps:
- If you see a rescue animal on the website you are interested in adopting, fill out the appropriate adoption form (click here for our dog and cat adoption forms) and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Once we receive the application, one of our volunteer screeners will contact you by phone to review your application.
- The screener will then forward your application to the rescue’s foster home supervisor. The supervisor will phone you to provide more info about the rescue and answer your questions. She will approve the application if she believes the rescue would be a good match for you.
- At this point, we can arrange a “meet & greet.” Because SCARS rescues are cared for in private foster homes, meeting times are dependent on matching your availability with that of the foster home.
Note: We are a volunteer run society and we only check email and voice messages during evening hours. We receive many phone calls and emails each day so please allow a few days for SCARS to respond to you. We thank you for your patience.
What if more than one family is interested in the same animal?
SCARS matches the animal to a family that most suits the needs of that animal. Many animals generate a number of inquiries and a home is chosen based on what we believe to be best for that particular animal.
If you are denied, this is not to imply that you would not provide a proper home; we always place the animal in the home that we deem to be most appropriate for the needs of that animal.
SCARS reserves the right to refuse any adoption request for reasons to be kept private and confidential within the administration of the organization.
Does my current pet have to be spayed or neutered?
Yes. If other cats/dogs in your home are not spayed/neutered, we will deny your application. SCARS exists due to lack of spaying/neutering and it is our goal to end this cycle. If there is a documented medical reason for your animal to not be spayed/neutered, we will work with you. If you are interested in having your current pet spayed/neutered so that you may adopt one of our pets, we will happily reconsider your application once proof of spay is provided. Intact pets are the cause of Alberta’s pet overpopulation crisis. Even when owners feel they are being cautious with intact pets, breeding accidents can and do happen. As well, Many territorial and behaviour issues are related to intact pets, and it can cause issues when a new pet is brought into the home. For information on the many benefits of spay/neuter, click here.
- Puppies under 6 months: $375
- Dogs over 6 months: $300
- Kittens (under 4 months): $200
- Pairs of kittens: $300
- Cats (over 4 months): $150
- Bonded pairs of cats: $250
- vet visit/health check
- first vaccinations (rabies and bordetella not included)
- any veterinary care the animal received while in our care
The nominal adoption fee charged is put towards the animals medical expenses and food while it is in our care. Our largest expense are medical bills, which include emergency procedures, medications and spay and neuter procedures. The adoption fee rarely covers the animal’s expenses while in our care.
Included in the adoption contract is a clause requiring that the new owners spay or neuter their animal before a specified date. We will follow up to ensure that this procedure has been completed by this date.