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 January 2006

Stella (aka Dotty)


I thought it was time for another update on Stella (a.k.a Dotty) or "Gorgeous" as she is sometimes known. She is 5 months old and is doing wonderfully. She graduated from obedience puppy training at the top of her class, is well behaved on a leash, is amazingly intelligent, and is the most accomplished puppy in the world at knocking over all the plants in her house.

Stella has a big extended family that loves her and lives to spoil her and let me tell you, this dog was born to be spoilt. Her first Christmas passed relatively uneventfully with the exception of the discovery that she loves to "help" open presents ...unfortunatly the presents she was opening weren't hers and it was a week before Christmas.

Stella will be starting agility training in the Spring, mainly to keep her healthy, active, and her mind stimulated. One day soon we hope to extend our family with another dog adopted from SCARS. Stella is very much looking forward to this day since the cat really isn't into running around the yard like a maniac. Thank you again for helping us find our little pup.

Sunday, 8 January 2006

Nikita (aka Lynnette)

I just wanted to give you a quick update on how Nikita (aka Lynnette) is doing. She has adjusted very well to our family and has become best friends with out older dog Sandy. Sandy is doing all the work of training Nikita, and our very smart girl is catching on very well. Nikita is slowly getting used to her leash however she is still a little scared of it. I was so proud last night when she made it halfway around the block!! She is a wonderful little puppy and I couldnt' be happier with her.

Thank you so much for all the hard work that all of you at Scars do for these animals. It is very clear how much effort, and love you put into helping them. Again Thank You for all your hard work,

Friday, 6 January 2006

Kaylee (aka Khale Jan 2006)

Hello everyone! It's me, Kaylee of the Yukon - formerly known as Khale.

I am happy, happy, happy with my forever family, and now I finally feel like I belong to the pack. There are so many in my pack, it took me a while to get to know everyone! My dog sister, Mati, and I are good friends. We even snuggle together when we think no one is looking. She's taught me some really cool tricks - barking at the mailman is fun! So is mooching for treats! She's trying to teach me how to howl like a wolf, but so far I just sound like a Canada goose. I'm working on it, though.

They don't follow the same schedule that I was used to when I came here. I paced and paced and nagged and nagged, but they wouldn't listen to me, so I finally gave up and relaxed. Know what? Relaxing is fun! There's always a surprise waiting for me - it could be a long walk on Whyte avenue, or a rip around "Wigglers" Park. It could be a new juicy bone to chew, or my friend the squirrel to chase up the tree. Some days, I just get to be lazy and snuggle on my bed, or Mom and Dad's bed if they're not looking. Sometimes I have sleepovers in my kids' beds, too, but it's hard to sleep in the middle when the kids push me over.

I'm learning to trust everybody in my family to come home again when they go away, and they usually bring treats when they come back. I'm also learning to eat all kinds of tasty foods - I really like carrots now, and broccoli stems, bananas, red peppers, buttermilk (mmm! I love
buttermilk), tuna, butternut squash, peanut butter toast crusts, tiny knobs of cheese (wish they could be big knobs of cheese!)

All this good eating and cozy sleeping helped me to grow! My mom says I'm 2 inches taller and
15 - 20 lbs. heavier than when I came to live here. I weigh 58 lbs. now - all beautiful girlie muscle, thank you very much.

It took me a while to get used to being in the house - so many noises and things that move! Now, I'm not quite so scared of the vacuum cleaner, or the exercise ball ( I like balls, but that big thing is ridiculous!) and I finally let the family rub my belly.

Thanks to everyone who took such good care of me while I was waiting to find my family. Maybe I'll see you at the off leash sometime, but don't expect me to stop for more than a quick sniff, because I love to run like the wind.

I hope that Santa and his reindeer bring you all lots of Christmas joy - I wonder what he'll put in my stocking? Mom has to put the stockings up really high and block off the Christmas tree because guess what - I also learned how much fun it is to chew everything I can get my pretty doggie teeth on! Oh, and I get into the garbage, too. Mom says I'm teaching my kids to be much neater with their things! Well, that's all my good news for now!
Lots of love and doggie hugs from Kaylee

Tuesday, 3 January 2006

Loki (aka Buffy)

Update on Loki. (aka Buffy)
She's growing like a weed. Housetraining is not going as well as I would have hoped but that's mostly because she is soley my 16 year olds responsibility and its really a training process for both of them.

There have been a few bloody noses, but she and Amaru the cat have found some form of a truce. She adores Taipan, my Akita, and I am very very happy to say that he enjoys her, although sometimes I think he is just baffled by her exuberance and he acts quite grandfatherly around her.

Again thanks for all you do!

Monday, 2 January 2006

Tacoma (aka Vixon)

Hey Everyone at SCARS!
Remember me???
I came in near-staving with my mom, last December. You called me Vixon, but I’m now Tacoma.

Life is good – lots of love, walks, hiking, snowshoing, and even spent an afternoon in a kayak last summer.
Thanks Sooo Much for the rescue, and for connecting me with my new family!

Maggie (aka Allie)

It’s me Allie. I not only have a new home with great humans and a new playmate, but also have a new name. My new name is Maggie. I just wanted to let you know that I have settled into my new home and am quite the cute little character. You were right when you said I would be a handful. I got my human’s number right off the bat and kept them up every night for the last 5 weeks. They finally took a stand and put earplugs in so they could get some sleep at night. After the second night, I finally caught on and am quiet until about 6 am.

I have had both my first and second set of shots and am a very healthy little girl. I have doubled in size and weight since December 3rd. My human’s had a good talk with the vet about me getting them up at night and she said it was good that they finally put a stop to it as I am more than old enough to hold it through the night.

I was also having some house training issues that were frustrating my humans to no end. They we were sending me some mixed signals according to the vet, so I am now in a more structured routine, including my feeding and peeing/pooping schedule. They call this crate training?

The first week in my new home, I scarfed my food so fast you would have thought I was starving. I eventually slowed down and was self feeding, but the vet said not to do this, so I am now on a feeding schedule. This is to help with the house training issues as well.

I really like my new playmate, Missy, and have become good friends with her. We like to wrestle on our human’s bed, play tug-o-war with all our toys and race around the house. I also have a nice backyard to play in. I am sending you a picture of me and Missy that was taken two days after coming to my new home. So, please don’t worry about me. I love my new home; my new playmate and my human’s too!!

Love Maggie (Allie)