January 12 update

I know it is awfully cold outside, and survival is tough for animals outside, but I wanted to share a bit of a good news pup-date.

Maple here. Although my rescue was harrowing for me, it changed my life. Like, I mean, really completely changed my life and that of my pups forever. As the temperature dips to minus 40, I am safe at the rescue center with my pups. Speaking of pups, do you see how big and fluffy and healthy they are. I am so proud of them.

We had a huge scare at Christmas. On Christmas Day, I got terribly sick, so sick they thought it might be distemper. Thankfully, Westlock Vet has emergency services, and for Christmas, I ended up in their care along with one of my pups. It was terrifying for everyone. After all I had been through, after my pups and i had been separated, then reunited, the very thought that I had contracted Distemper was mind numbing.

Tests were taken. And we waited… While we waited, I responded to antibiotics and let me tell you there was jubilation when the tests came back positive for upper respiratory infection, but negative for Distemper.  There really were no words to describe my relief. Thanks to everyone, my pups are getting ready to find their homes. I am pretty shy, so will likely take my time finding my perfect place. Please support SCARS, this organization means everything to me.

December 17, 2023 Update

Do you ever wonder if the support you give SCARS makes a difference? I can tell you with my whole heart it does.❤️
Does it ever feel like the bad things are starting to outweigh the good things? My puppies will tell you that there is far more good in this world than bad.🐾

Dear supporters, volunteers, pound employees, and SCARS staff: thank you. 🎄

Each and every one of you had a hand in saving my life and the lives of my puppies. To the ladies who searched, never giving up, and scaled that hill to rescue my family, I owe you a debt I can never repay. For the first time in their lives and maybe even mine, we feel the safety and security of knowing we are not alone. Today, I can be a mom to my pups, no longer a daily frantic fight for survival. I did my best, giving my pups everything I had, but now I have the help of the SCARS family to get them ready for families of their own.

So if you did ever wonder if your donations, your volunteer time, and your commitment to SCARS makes a difference – I assure you it does. A life and death difference to me and the ones I love dearly. ❤️

December 15, 2023

Every parent’s worst fear: when you are separated from your babies and can’t get back to them. When you can’t breathe as fear and anxiety grip your chest. Their very lives depend on you, yet you can not reach them.

My story is one of heroics, instincts, the love of a mother, and the very best of humanity.

I am pregnant, alone, and scared. I must find a safe place to have my babies. I wander to the landfill, there are scraps in the garbage for food. I search around and find a spot high on a hill overlooking the municipal pound. I can survey for danger. There are other dogs in the pound that bark and help keep predators away. The ground is soft enough to dig a deep den. Alone, I give birth to 8 healthy pups. It is up to me now, I am all they have. I nurse and clean and care for them.

The first days, I never leave their side, but I am rapidly losing whatever weight I had. I must venture out to find food. My first thought is the dump, hunting through garbage, but then I think of the pound. The dogs there have food. I timidly sneak towards the gate, seeking sustenance to keep my family alive. Locked. No food in reach. Fear grips me. I see a man – friend or foe, I don’t know, I hide. He speaks, “We are full little one, no room in the pound, SCARS is unable to take anyone, but you must be hungry,” and he leaves food and walks away when I am too scared to approach. Those first bites tasted like heaven. I gobbled down every morsel and rushed back through the woods to my babies.

A mother’s undying love. Days turn to weeks, each day is the same. Care for my babes, sneak through the thick brush, and wait for some food from the attendant and rush back. My milk supply is dwindling, like my ancestors before me I start to feed my pups by regurgitating the food I eat. They continue to grow. Patrol for coyotes through the night, there is a pack nearby. It is exhausting, but I have no choice.

One day, it is different. The pound attendant convinces me to come into the enclosure. He tells me it is my lucky day, SCARS has found room they are coming to give animals their second chance. After all these weeks he knows I am homeless. He doesn’t know about my puppies. An act of kindness, but a terrible mistake. I scream and cry at him. I must leave. My babies. The coyotes. Please, please, let me out. He doesn’t understand, he says it will be alright… I am terrified.

SCARS arrives. Kind people, helping us into their vehicles. I try to tell them I can’t go, my second chance is not worth my babies lives. I cry, but they don’t understand. At the rescue center I am distraught. And then someone notices. Without my pups nursing constantly, they can tell I am a nursing mother.
Panic sets in, where are the puppies. Phone calls and messages, a search party sets out. The nearest volunteers rush back to the pound. Search the dump. Search the area. Where could they be? Have they perished, please no.

What is that? A faint trail up the steep hill. Through the heavy brush they scramble. Listening. Looking. Calling. Hoping. To the top they make it. It is to be a day of miracles. My hungry puppies tumble out of the den, into the loving arms of the SCARS team. 8 little souls, safe. Multiple trips up and down the hill… they feed them, and then make the long drive to me.

A mother’s love, instinct and the best of humanity. Our lives are saved, we get our Second Chance.

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