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, 29 December 2005


Hannah & Meisha (aka Flower)



Hi there. Thought that I would give you some updated info on Joe.

He is doing great and a wounderful addition to our family. We have singled out a few medical problems that he has and is doing great. Those cysts on his foot, well those turned out to be broken procupine quills. They actually festered and pushed out except one that the vet took out. He was having some skin issues and putting on a lot of weight. After a complete check up, he is diagnosed with hypo-thyroidism. That is a big factor on him sleeping so much. So now he will be on meds for the rest of his years and all problems should be taken care of. Small price to pay for such a great guy.

Traveling is not his thing. I can relate, I also get car sick. He is content at home, he knows where he lives and has not left. His friend, our other dog Kaya and him are not often apart and get along well. I have forwarded a picture and will send more when he is 100% again. I have a wounderful vet who is helping us get him back to normal and we are so thankful for him. Thank you again for this light in our home and wish you all at the shelter a Merry Christmas and the best in the New Year! Theresa and Joe

Sadie (aka Blackie)

Update #1
I wanted to provide an update on a kitten, Blackie (now Sadie), that I got through Scars in July. She is such a joy to have around and a ham to say the least. She loves to play hide and seek and stalk our feet. Sadie loves to run around during the day, but at night cuddles and purrs all night long. I sent along some pictures of her in an empty raisin bran box that she jumped right into and curled up in.

There is also one of her playing with a Safeway bag. She loves bags of any sort. Thank you so much for all of the hard work your volunteers do to give animals like Sadie a second chance. I very much appreciate it .

Update #2 (Dec/05)
Sadie is still doing excellent. She is a feisty little girl who loves to play hide and seek and pounce on anything that is moving. She is a cuddle bug though and loves to sit and chat. I am so happy to have her around and can't say thank you enough for all of the hard work your volunteers do to help out animals like Sadie and so many others. It really does make such a difference.

Thank you again,
Alanna and Sadie

Lola (aka Honey)

We adopted “Lola” (originally “Honey”) from your rescue shelter this past October. We were excited to get a new puppy but could not have anticipated how much joy she has brought into our home.

Lola has a beautiful personality and everyone who meets adores her. We feel like she has been a part of our family forever, and want to thank-you for the wonderful service you provide by taking care of dogs like Lola who for some reason have been cast aside.

We have done a lot since she has come home with us – lots of playing, walks in the off-leash parks, and recent graduation from obedience school! We have discovered she is a bit of a digger (no one’s perfect!) and also an escape artist (but we now have a fortress for a dog-run).

Thanks again Second Chance – We tell everyone we know who is looking for a dog about you!!!
Love Alexis, Roger, and Lola