Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS) – Athabasca has exciting sponsorship and volunteer opportunities for anyone that loves animals and is looking to get involved in the community.
SCARS is a registered charity on a mission to make a positive impact on animals and the people that love them. Lori Trudgeon, Communications Coordinator, explains, “SCARS takes in animals that are unwanted or that are slated for euthanasia. Our rescues come from rural dog pounds and vet clinics, and we also take in stray and abandoned pets. A lot of our rescues come to us with medical issues. Animals are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and micro chipped.”
The Athabasca facility allows SCARS to work with northern-region pounds. It functions as an animal sanctuary and high-needs foster home. Healthier rescues are sent to live with volunteer foster homes until the right family provides a fur-ever home.
However, that is not all SCARS does. A Spay-Neuter-Return (SNR) program provides spaying and neutering, vaccination and micro-chipping for owned pets. For the colder months, Walls for Winter provides SNR participants with an insulated pet shelter.
SCARS delivers an impressive impact. Over 20 years of operations, the charity has saved and placed more than 15,000 animals. They do it all with community support. These rescues are not possible without volunteers, donations and sponsorships.
The sponsorship program in the Athabasca SCARS facility allows individuals or companies to place a sign in or around the compound and on the SCARS website. For example, you can sponsor the Doggy Duplex or the K9 Castle. The program is used to honour a loved one, to promote a business, to commemorate an occasion or to give as a gift. Each sign creates a legacy for the sponsor while supporting animals in SCARS’ care.
Sponsorship levels are:
- Platinum – 6-month sponsorship $800 or 12-month sponsorship $1,500
- Gold – 6-month sponsorship $600 or 12-month sponsorship $1,000
- Silver – 6-month sponsorship $500 or 12-month sponsorship $800
- Bronze – 6-month sponsorship $300 or 12-month sponsorship $500
Another way to support SCARS is to become a volunteer. Trudgeon says, “SCARS was built on the power of volunteers; for example, people who transport animals into care, foster homes who lovingly care for pets and all the volunteers who tirelessly promote and fundraise for SCARS. I guess you could say that the animals are our clients. They are always so grateful to be helped. We are also so lucky to have partnerships with vet clinics such as Athabasca Veterinary Services and the Westlock Veterinary Centre who make it possible to provide animals with veterinary care at a reasonable cost. There are also our amazing individual and corporate donors who are always there when animals need help.”
She continues, “We would like to have more Athabasca-area volunteers and sponsors. Our facility just north of Athabasca is the heart of our operations. We are proud of what we have built in the community, and we would like to involve more people in our daily operations. We encourage people to attend a SCARS online volunteer orientation and inquire about opportunities. We also would love to involve people through sponsorships.”
An Important Message from SCARS: Thinking of Adopting a Pet? Know Before you Go.
Pets bring incredible joy to our lives, improve our health, and are absolutely worth the cost and effort. Before youadopt a pet, we courage people to do their research. Pet guardianship is a daily responsibility and a long-term commitment that can sometimes include unforeseen costs, such as an unexpected veterinary emergency. Veterinary costs, however, can be offset by purchasing pet insurance. Let SCARS match to you a pet that will suit your preferences and lifestyle!