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Support SCARS and help Alberta’s homeless pets

Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS) is a non-profit Athabasca and Edmonton area based registered charity operated by a small staff and a large team of volunteers with oversight from a volunteer board of directors.

What We Do

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. We rescue and find loving homes for more than 2,000 animals every year. SCARS is dedicated to reducing the number of unwanted pets in Alberta. We believe there is a suitable home for all homeless pets, young or old.

Intake and adoption

SCARS intakes pets that are stray, unwanted or slated for euthanasia. Many of the pets we help are from remote area dog pounds and veterinary clinics that act as the pound. Every pet receives a veterinary assessment, spay or neuter, vaccinations, a micro chip, and any medical care or rehabilitation it requires. Many pets come to us severely injured or sick.

We use our Athabasca Second Chance Country Refuge, located just north of Athabasca, and a network of volunteer foster homes to care for rescued pets until they are adopted. To increase our ability to help animals, we are also opening a SCARS Rescue Centre in Morinville during summer 2022.

Programs to improve pet wellness and reduce overpopulation

SCARS operates within northern Alberta, partnering with communities that lack access to pet services. Our Spay-Neuter-Return Program provides free spaying or neutering, vaccination and micro-chipping for owned pets, and our Walls for Winter Program provides insulated pet shelters. We also have a Sanctuary Animals Program for animals with special needs that are not highly adoptable and a Working Cat Program to rehome under socialized cats to barn or shop homes.

How to Support SCARS

  • Adopt—Our adoptable animals include: Dogs and Puppies, Cats and kittens.Adopting a SCARS rescue involves a few steps. Click here to learn more.
  • Donate or sponsor—we issue tax receipts for all donations of $20 or more (online donations automatically receive tax receipts for donations of $3 or more). You can also donate items on our wishlist.
  • Sponsor the Athabasca Second-Chance Country Refuge—Help animals by sponsoring our intake facility north of Athabasca. We use this facility to temporarily house many of the animals on their way to our foster homes. We also use it to permanently house many of our sanctuary program pets. Your sponsorship makes it possible for SCARS to help animals in need. You can also sponsor our events
  • Volunteer—Become part of a volunteer team that saves animals’ lives. We are always looking for help with fostering, fundraising, transportation, and other aspects of our daily operations (including our facilities). Watch for our next online volunteer orientation on the website.
  • Support our events—Attend a SCARS event or hold a fundraiser of our own. We advertise upcoming events on our website and on social media.
  • Buy merchandise—Our branded merchandise includes an annual calendar, hoodies, winter gear, cooler bags and much more. 
  • Become a member—Show you care by buying an annual membership
  • Share our stories—help animals by follow us on social media and sharing the stories we post. We are on Facebook, TikTok, Instagram and Twitter.
  • Be a responsible pet owner—Please spay or neuter, microchip and vaccinate your pets. All pets need food, water, shelter, veterinary care, exercise, and lots of love and attention.

Learn more at and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram. You can also email us at






To deliver services to people of Northern Alberta with wildlife-related concerns by providing compassionate care to injured and orphaned wildlife and by educating our communities about humanely coexisting with wildlife.


To provide world-class care for wildlife in need and to become Alberta’s champion and resource for a respectful co-existence between people and wildlife.

Our guiding values

  • In providing professional, compassionate care for injured and orphaned wildlife by using the most currently accepted national and international best practices. This includes rescue, rehabilitation, and release.
  • In abiding by and working within the current laws, policies, and regulations of municipal, provincial, and federal bodies.
  • In participating in conservation and preservation of healthy wildlife populations.
  • In providing education to the community about native and migratory wildlife and human/wildlife interactions.
  • In supporting like-minded organizations through collaboration, participation, and inclusion.
  • In maintaining a high standard of donor accountability and financial reporting.
  • In providing a healthy and respectful working environment for our staff and volunteers.
  • In inspiring our staff and volunteers to build knowledge and feel responsible for the mission and vision of the organization.

Our Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre

Our Edmonton wildlife hospital is equipped with a treatment room; on-site radiology and on-site surgery and short-term housing. Our veterinarians, RVTs, and trained staff,  provide immediate critical care and stabilization. The Parkland County Rehabilitation Centre, consisting of flight pens, pools, and housing, provides long term rehabilitation to take our patients through the recovery process, until release.  The hospital and rehabilitation centre are open 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

WILDNorth is a member of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association and the International Wildlife Council.  We adhere to the Wildlife Rehabilitators Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.


Since 1989, WILDNorth (formerly the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton) has helped over 30,000 birds and small mammals receive proper medical treatment with the ultimate goal of returning these wild animals to their natural habitat.

Facts and Figures

  • Over 3000 wildlife patients are treated at WILDNorth annually
  • Responds to over 800 rescue requests each year
  • WILDNorth treats over 150 different species
  • WILDNorth annually fields over 12,000 wildlife related calls a year
  • WILDNorth relies heavily on over 200 active volunteers, including post-secondary students, to help run a majority of our programs
  • WILDNorth educated over 9000 students in 2019.
  • WILDNorth has partnerships with over 65 organizations and vet clinics around the city of Edmonton and in Northern Alberta, many of which accept wildlife for us and/or partner on programs


Our Mission

The Veterans Association Food Bank is dedicated to supporting and enriching the lives of Veterans and their families.

Our Vision

As a community of Veterans helping Veterans, we will be the support base where together we create healthy and resilient futures.


Who We Serve

The Veterans Association Food Bank recognizes any person who is currently serving or has honourably served in the Canadian Armed Forces. The Veterans Association Food Bank also recognizes and offers support to those currently serving, honourably discharged or honourably released Commonwealth Allies, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Peacekeepers, Merchant Marines, or Ferry Command (Coast Guard). Support will be extended to spouses, widows, widowers, and any dependent children in need. Proof of military service or affiliation required.

Our Core Values

Treat all Veterans with dignity and respect
Operate a food bank that will sustain the needs of our Veterans
Ensure a global assessment is offered, and provide Veterans access to any and all programs available to them
Encourage all Veterans in our community to be a part of the Veterans Helping Veterans initiative
Ensure that all donations made to the Veterans Association Food Bank directly support Veterans through programs and services
Enrich the lives of Veterans by providing employment opportunities