Adopting a SCARS animal is one of the best ways to support our cause

SCARS’ focus is to provide happy, healthy homes for all our animals.

How to apply
You can view all of our currently available animals on our Animals for Adoption page. Click the “Adopt Me!” button on an animal’s page to apply for that particular animal. You can also fill out a generic application below to be pre-screened and ready to go when you find that particular special animal.

If you are undecided about which animal you want to adopt, you can still fill out an adoption application form. We will keep it in our database until you find a pet that you want to adopt. Please note there is a fee to adopt (see the tab Adoption Process & Fees on this page for pricing).

Important: Before filling out an applicatoin, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the information on the tabs on this page which cover Frequently Asked Questions, overall adoption process and fees, overview of our intake process and our policies surrounding our animals.

To access the application form, please click the approprite link below for Dogs or Cats.

icon_documents icon  Dog Application Form
icon_documents icon  Cat Application Form

Please note that filling out an application does not obligate you to adopt, it is just the first step in our adoption process (see the tab Adoption Process on this page for more details on the adoption process). A lot of our dogs and cats have not had much stability in their lives before they came to us, so we strive to find them the most suitable homes possible. We also get a lot of applications each day, so while we greatly appreciate all of our supporters and potential adopters, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to meet your first choice.

Adoption Process & Fees

Adopting a SCARS animal involves a few steps

If you have any questions or concerns you can contact us at: adoptions@scarscare.ca

Are you new to dog guardianship? Please read this article: Life with dogs: 10 Things to Know Before You Adopt

Note: We receive many phonecalls and emails daily, so please allow a couple of days for SCARS to respond to you. We thank you for your patience.

  1. If you see a SCARS animal on the website that you are interested in adopting, click the “Adopt Me!” button on the animal’s profile to fill out an application. See a list of adoptable animales here.
    You can also fill out an application without a specific animal in mind — please see “Adoption Forms” tab on this page.
  2. Once we receive the application one of our volunteer screeners will contact you by phone or email to review your application. The application allows us to help you find a pet that is the right match for your family. This is especially important for people who are new to pet guardianship.
  3. The screeener will then forward your application to a foster home supervisor. The foster home supervisor will phone you to provide more information, and to answer your questions.
  4. The foster home supervisor will approve the application if they believe the adoptable animal is a good match for your home or might give suggestions on other SCARS animals to consider.
  5. If approved, we can arrange a “meet and greet”. Because SCARS animals are cared-for in private foster homes, meeting times are dependent on matching your availability with that of the foster home.

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.

Do my current pets have to be spayed or neutered?

Yes. If other cats/dogs in your home are not spayed/neutered, we may 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.

 Adoption Costs

Our guarantee: Once a SCARS pet, always a SCARS pet. If you adopt from us but can no longer keep your pet for any reason, please contact us and we will accept the animal back into our care – no questions asked. We always accept the return of animals adopted from SCARS.

The nominal adoption fee charged is put towards the animal’s medical expenses and food while it is in our care. Note that this fee is charged at a deficit. That is, the adoption fee does not cover the actual cost of spay/neuter, first vaccinations, and microchippping (plus whatever other medical fees were required — most are injured).

Our largest expenses are medical bills, which include emergency procedures, medications, and spay and neuter procedures.

There are cases where the animal is adopted before being spayed/neutered. 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.

Dogs

  • Puppies under 6 months: $525
  • Dogs over 6 months: $425
  • Bonded pair of adult dogs: $615
  • Senior dogs (over 8 years): $300

Cats

  • Kittens (under 6 months): $215
  • Pair of kittens: $350
  • Cats (over 6 months): $165
  • Bonded pairs of cats: $265

Price includes

  • Vet visit / health check
  • First vaccinations (rabies and bordetella not included)
  • Microchip
  • Spay / Neuter
  • Any Veterinary care the animal received while in our care

SCARS Intake Process

Upon intake, SCARS animals are taken licensed veterinarians at one of the multiple clinics who work with us for assessment. Procedures and all medical decisions are made on the advice of professional veterinarians. We always follow licensed Veterinary advice and base our decisions on that advice. We do not do our own procedures and we do not have our own private veterinarian.

Special note on age of spay/neuters: SCARS, like other rescues and humane shelters, ensures that all animals are spayed or neutered prior to leaving our care.  This includes juvenile spays and neuters.  All rescues work with licensed veterinarians, who provide recommended care.  Animals must reach weight and age milestones to be eligible for surgery.  Your kitten or puppy was fully examined by a licensed veterinarian and received a clean bill of health from the vet, who performed the surgery.

There are cases where the animal is adopted before being spayed/neutered. 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. We pay for the procedure if animal is taken to one of our Approved Veterinarians.

Our intake process is as follows:

  • Animal is collected
  • Each animal is carefully diagnosed by a third-party vet clinic and the animal is given whatever medical procedures are necessary, based on veterinary assessment. We do not have our own private vet and do not complete our own medical procedures.
  • Each animal is spayed or neutered and micro-chipped. Again, this is completed through licensed veterinarians at clinics who we work with regularly.
  • Animal is assigned to a foster home (sometimes it’s the foster home that sends the animal to the vet for spay/neuter/medical procedures).

FAQ

Q: How does SCARS determine acceptable age for spay/neuters?

A: SCARS, like other rescues and humane shelters, ensures that all animals are spayed or neutered prior to leaving our care. This includes juvenile spays and neuters. All rescues work with licensed veterinarians, who provide recommended care. Animals must reach weight and age milestones to be eligible for surgery. Each kitten or puppy is fully examined by a veterinarian and received a clean bill of health from the vet, who performed the surgery.

There are cases where the animal is adopted before being spayed/neutered. 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. We pay for the procedure if animal is taken to one of our Approved Veterinarians.

Q: Does SCARS perform their own Spay/Neuters?

A: No, SCARS uses the services of professional Veterinarians from local clinics who work with us. We do not do our own procedures and we do not have a private Veterinarian.

Q: Why do some SCARS Spayed/Neutered animals have a tattoo?

A: Some Veterinarians use a tattoo when they do a spay/neuter to indicate to other future Veterinarians that the animal’s reproductive organs have been removed, thus avoiding unneccesary procedures. For a good overview of the logic behind this, please see this third-party article: https://wwwypetsdoctor.com/tattoos-indicate-spay-neuter

Q: What if more than one family is interested in the same animal?

A: 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.

Q: Do my current pets have to be spayed or neutered if I want to adopt from SCARS?

A: Yes. If other cats/dogs in your home are not spayed/neutered, we may 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.

 

Participating Vets

SCARS thanks the following veterinary clinics

These clinics have gone above and beyond to support our rescue efforts by providing SCARS with discounts on some procedures. If you adopted an animal from SCARS and received a Spay/Neuter Certificate or a Vaccination/Microchip Certificate, please make an appointment at one of the following veterinary clinics. If you are a veterinarian who would like to participate in our Spay and Neuter Program, please contact us for more information.

Marketplace Animal Hospital
518, 6655 – 178 Street
Edmonton, AB
780-484-1114
Oxford Animal Hospital
15154 – 127 Street
Edmonton, AB  T6V 0C5
780-705-2131
Athabasca Veterinary Services
4906 – 48 Street
Athabasca, AB
780-675-2194
Range Road Veterinary Clinic
5018 – 50 Street, Beaumont, AB
780-737-7297
Gibbons Veterinary Clinic
4704 – 50th Avenue
Gibbons, AB   T0A 1N0
780-578-6474
Westlock Veterinary Center
10004 – 94A Avenue
Westlock, AB
780-349-3663
Aspen Trails Veterinary Clinic
3890 Sherwood Drive. Unit #930
Sherwood Park, AB   T8H 0Z9
780-570-1666