April 11, 2021 Yet another late night emergency call. This time for a dog that had been spotted with quills but no one had been successful in catching him. This is Wilber and he really thought Mr. Porcupine was too interesting not to meet. Wilber was taken straight to Westlock Vet once we were able to catch him and is feeling much better now. Thank you to our amazing volunteer drivers who go out any time of day and night and those who spotted Wilber to let us know he needed our help!  

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Just when you think you have seen it all, just when you think nothing can shock you anymore,  then you meet poor sweet Lea, only 5 months old, and in a world of hurt.

Lea came to SCARS, through an emergency clinic. Upon intake they knew she had damage to her ears, although the cause was unknown.  No one was prepared for what we would see when she was sedated and a full examination took place.

In 2019 the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association banned many medically unnecessary practices done for cosmetic purposes, including cropping ears. A decision hailed by the majority as the absolute right thing to do. Ear cropping is done to make the cute floppy ears a dog like Lea is born with to stand upright. One concern with this decision was that people (fueled by an internet search) might take things into their own hands, putting their desire for a certain appearance above the health and well-being of the animal. It is suspected this may be the case with Lea.  Veterin…

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April 7 intake

Yesterday some of our team was hard at work making stops in several of our partnering communities! We saw 18 animals in all – 9 of which are part of our spay, neuter and return program. Once they have been cleared from the vet after their surgeries they will be returning to their families! We welcomed 9 animals into the SCARS family – both cats and dogs! One is a very, very sick pup with parvo who is currently at the vet. We are glad to have gotten to him but he is not out of the woods yet. Please keep him in your thoughts.

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