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 make a positive impact on animals and people by engaging with others to rescue and care for animals in need, share knowledge, and provide access to services and resources.

Our Vision

A world where all animals are valued and treated with compassion, where no animal is left behind.

Our Values

Inclusion: An environment where everyone feels heard, valued, and able to contribute to SCARS’ mission.

Compassion: Being open-minded, non-judgmental and empathetic demonstrating an understanding and concern for animals and the communities in which we are involved.

Integrity: Consistently acting and speaking in a meaningful manner, that creates trust with our stakeholders and gives a voice for our animals.

Resilience: The ability to learn from and adapt to change and challenges through perseverance, personal strengths and our support systems.

Who we are

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

Click here to read our annual reports.

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 take in as many homeless pets as our resources allow. We typically have over 400 in care and find loving homes for over 2,000 every year.

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 and microchip every animal that comes into our care.

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 for 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 arrange with you to accept the animal back into our care.

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

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.

Contact us

SCARS is a volunteer-run organization and does not have a central office. If you are interested in contributing to any of our programs please contact the appropriate person using the contact information below.

Mailing Address:
Second Chance Animal Rescue Society
Box 3045
Athabasca, AB T9S 2B9

780-466-SCAR (7227)


Send adoption applications, questions regarding animals, or questions regarding adoptions to: adoptions@scarscare.ca


To make a donation go to our donations page

If you have any questions regarding donations, send them to donations@scarscare.ca


For general information about fostering, see: Fostering at SCARS

If you have any questions regarding fostering, send them to: fosterprogram@scarscare.ca

Sanctuary Animals

For information about Sanctuary Animal Sponsorship, see: SCARS Sanctuary Animals

Website Advertising

For information about Website Advertising, see: SCARS Website Advertising

SCARS General Inquiries

For inquiries regarding media relations, fundraising or any other questions, send them to: scars@scarscare.ca


For general information about volunteering, see: Volunteering at SCARS

If you have any questions regarding volunteering, send them to: volunteers@scarscare.ca


Athabasca Second Chance Country Refuge

Many of the animals that come into our care make a first stop at the Athabasca Facility. 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.


Click here to see more information about the SCARS Athabasca Country Refuge