Second Chance Animal Rescue Society

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Second Chance Animal Rescue Society
Second Chance Animal Rescue Society logo.png
Founded 2002; 16 years ago (2002)
Founder Sylvia Christiansen, Jan Pysyk
Focus Animal rescue
Area served
Alberta, Canada
Volunteer run

Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS), founded in 2002 by Sylvia Christiansen and Jan Pysyk, is an Athabasca, Alberta-based volunteer run, Canadian nonprofit rescue society.


SCARS believes that there is a home for every animal[1] and operates as a shelter of last resort. Working closely with pounds, shelters and humane societies situated in Alberta to intake animals who are slated for euthanization, SCARS intakes these animals into the society. From there the animals are placed in foster homes where they are medically treated, spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, provided them with training and, eventually, adopted to “forever homes”.

The Organization[edit]

SCARS operates as a no-kill rescue and animals who are not adopted can live out their lives at SCARS. Operating as a shelter of last resort, SCARS primarily takes in animals who are slated for euthanization at municipal pounds. SCARS actively works within the community to promote responsible companion animal guardianship. This includes promoting spaying and neutering, vaccinations, microchipping and training.

SCARS can be seen weekly at 9:45 am on the Global Edmonton Saturday newscast with Shane Jones and Kevin O'Connell[2]

SCARS is a member of World Society for the Protection of Animals(WSPA)


In 2007, SCARS Co-Founder Sylvia Christiansen was presented with the International Fund for Animal Welfare Award for Animal Welfare[3] in recognition for her work and dedication to the welfare of companion animals.

In 2008, Christiansen was named a Global Edmonton Woman of Vision [4]

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