Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS) is dedicated to reducing the number of homeless animals in Northern Alberta, Canada

We believe that there is a suitable home for all homeless animals: young or old; large or small.

As a volunteer-run, registered charity, we care for these animals by providing veterinary care and foster homes for animals in need until a permanent home is found. These private foster homes provide the animals with warm shelter, food, exercise, and tender loving care (something that so many of the animals we receive have never experienced).

SCARS does not practice selective intake procedures and operates in a triage manner: taking the animal in most medical need first. As a result our medical expenses are enormous. Please consider donating to our rescue efforts.

Look At Us Now!

To date, SCARS has rescued and rehomed over 3,000 animals.

Because these animals live in our homes, we deveop a very deep bond with our fosters. Many of the adoptive families keep us updated on how well their new companions are thriving in their new homes.

To all the wonderful foster homes, all the tireless volunteers, all the compassionate furever-homes: we say a heartfelt thank-you!

Please support your local rescue society and consider adoption as opposed to buying your new friend.

Thursday, 26 May 2005


Penny has added joy to our life following the sudden death of our other dog.

She is becoming quite comfortable around us in particular the children. She is very quiet but when she bounds up the stairs after our son with her tail wagging and that 'I'm here' look in her face, she is extremely expressive.

She enjoys the off leash area behind our house. We are not quite sure what would happen if the deer which frequent the area commonly were to make an appearance - I suspect her 'come when called' would win out - I hope.
She is very patient while we are at work/school. She waits patiently in the front window surveying the activity in the street. She has also developed a love of the leather sofa in the front room. It's a tough life!!!

Thanks for all your support.

Monday, 23 May 2005


Just wanted to tell you how much we love Sammy
He is being SUCH A GOOD BOY-- we absolutely adore him. He has such a wonderful personality.
We had a birthday party for Ben this weekend with 36 guests of all ages and Sammy was the social butterfly. He casually went over to each guest for a pat on the head. He was so well behaved and calm--everyone wanted to know where we got this fantastic dog and nobody could believe we'd only had him a week and that he had been a stray / rescue dog. He retrieved
balls and played with the kids and when it was all over fell asleep sprawled out on his back with a belly full of hotdog :-)
I'm glad we took the leap of faith and made him part of our family. He is everything you said he was and more.


It was a cold day with many new people and a long drive from Westlock to Edmonton. He didn’t want to eat and although he was curious about the cat, he just needed a rest.

Marvin went in for his check up with the Holistic Vet and we found out he had a broken pelvis to go along with his many war wounds. He was a pretty sore guy but a real trooper!

Weighing in at a measly 15 lbs, all ribs and backbone, he is now a solid, muscular 21 lbs! He is in dog school and hopes to graduate into agility. He lives with his friend Palaver and went from many scratches on the nose to sunbathing buddies. He is still timid about the vehicle and some people, but has come a long way.

Thanks again for your hard work and the up keep of your website so animals like Marvin have a second chance.

Farleigh (aka Sailor)

We have renamed Sailor as "Farleigh" which is near where we used to live in England. It seemed to suit her and she is getting used to it. She is a lovely dog and as you can see has settled in very well. She loves the space we have to explore and has teamed up with Tasha, our GSD, on trips across the field next to us. She has caught several mice in the garden - both before and after the snow melted! When we had snow, she enjoyed rolling and tunnelling with her head right under the snow.
She is still chasing cars which pass our house which is a worry to us and we will continue trying to work out a way to put her off doing that. She seems to want to 'see them off' just as they go past the driveway. She loves walks up the trail in the woods and races to catch up with Fife, our Irish Setter, who goes ahead checking out the rabbit scents. She knows 'sit' now and comes to a whistle with enthusiasm. I think training her is easier because she follows what our other two dogs do. I think she is happy that she is with other dogs - she plays with Tasha a lot but Fife still isn't sure yet about playing.
Our little boy, Rordy, loves Farleigh because she is happy to be patted by him and doesn't mind if he wants to stroke her ears. When he has finished eating in the high-chair and back on the floor, he has been known to pick up dropped bits of food and take them over to Farleigh and she very gently takes the food from him so they are firm friends, which is lovely to see.
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that Sailor aka Farleigh is doing well and is happy. I will try to keep you updated and send more pictures. *Liz