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 October 2006


I just wanted to let you know that Tash is doing great!!! She is such a gentle natured dog, the neighbours children love her and she is so well behaved. We adopted her about 7 weeks about and as you can see from the photos, she is a very happy puppy. Having the chance to spend the day with Tash prior to adopting her was a great step. When we brought her home a week later our other puppy was so excited and I would like to thing that they remembered each other. Tash was shy for the first few days but has since settled right in. After the first week, Tash's confidence increased to the point where she was playfully challenging her sister and was teaching her how to swim. The pair of them can get into quite a lot of mischief.
Tash’s health is also improving. After her operation she developed an infection. We got her antibiotics and an E-collar and after she ate the first one (I don't know how) we went back to the vets for another. The next day we came home to find that not only had she escaped from her kennel again, eaten her new E-collar and the remote control. It was at this time we decided to stop buying the collars. Her front legs hadn't really improved, so after a few visits to the vet and some x-rays we have her on metacam. She is a new dog!!! We are still waiting for the results of the x-rays but the vet couldn't find anything immediately wrong.
With 2 nine month old Sheppard/Husky crosses in the house we definetely have our hands full and loving every minute of it. Thank you for looking after Tash until we could find her, she is a great addition to our household. Thanks; Aileen and Scott

Friday, 20 October 2006

Maskwa (aka Dandy)

Sorry it's taken so long for us to get you an update on our new best friend...Maskwa ( Adopted as Dandy-February 18 2006).

He was just what we needed to take our hearts out of the sadness we were feeling. After our best friend (Kumomoto) of almost 10 years passed away from Cancer just after Christmas, we were left with a big hole in our lives!!! She was also a rescued dog and never let us forget how grateful she was for that!!! She was full of life right up until she passed.

Maskwa has become one of the family, he is so full of life and has become quite the handsome young dog! He is such a goofy dog (fits right in with us). We get many compliments on him when we are out for walks, looks as well as his good behavior! He is an outside dog with a pretty nice house and yard. He and our cat (Roo) are becoming friends as well. They greet each other at the back door when we are coming or going, not afraid at all!

We just want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for doing what you do for our friends!!!We couldn't imagine our days and holidays without him! There is something to be said about saving a life by adopting an animal, our lives were saved as well!!!

Thank you again, *Celine, David, Maskwa and Roo

Tuesday, 17 October 2006

Bree (aka Meg)

You all may remember me as Meg but my new mom has renamed me Brianna (Bree). She picked this name because it means 'Strength'; and after everything that I've gone through :first as a stray with my mom and sisters, then my sisters got sick with parvo, but I managed to stay healthy and then the other pups out at my Foster home got Distemper and yet again a came out ok. Now my doggy mom is sick and has those pesky little things called lice, I was just checked out today and yet again I've come out with a clean bill of health. My mom is going to treat my fur lice just incase though. So I think that my mom picked a fitting name for me, oh it also mean Beautiful -which I soooo am :)

My big brother and mean "BIG" brother (85lbs) and I get along great he even lets me take the toys right out of his mouth, he is a sweet heart but I knowthat if the time came he'd have my back :)

I'm doing really well, am loving my new raw diet and getting bigger and stronger everyday. I have lots of energy that I get to burn off playing catch (ya that's right I've already learned that game) and doing other training like how to walk on leash and the basics like sit,down,come. I can’t wait until I am safe to go to puppy Kindergarten. Don't get me wrong it’s not all work, I also get to have great snuggle sessions with me mom, I have my own bed but mom lets me cuddle with her while she relaxes.

Well that's all for now I will keep you updated on my progress, I've sent a couple pics for you to see how "hard" my life is.

Big thanks to everyone that took care of me while I was waiting for my Forever home ! ! !

Monday, 16 October 2006


We wanted to tell you how much we enjoy Cassidy in our family. She is an extremely good puppy and has a nice, gentle manner. She has had her second set of vaccinations and is growing well. We'll send more photos as she grows.

Thank you again for taking such good care of all of the rescue dogs and puppies!

Sincerely, Sandy

Saturday, 14 October 2006


Sorry it took so long for me to send these! Gilligan is doing awesome! His "babyfoot" is getting stronger and stronger everyday. We walk everyday and he meets lots of friends at the offleash areas. He's a great dog and I'm sooo proud to be his mom! **Mandi


We have had Honey with us now a month and she is an amazing girl. We love her to pieces and are very happy to have her as part of our family. She is so smart and has learned so many things very easily.
We had a long trip home from Athabasca but it was a good trip. Honey curled up on one seat and Ella on the other and that is where they stayed all the way home. We stopped in Lloydminster to let the girls out for a walk and a pee and back into their seats they went for the remainder of the trip. There were no complaints from either of them.
Ella is really enjoying having Honey here, not only does she have a playmate but she now has a partner in crime to blame things on. I tell you these two are worse than siblings, lol. We have a rabbit that we got about 3 months ago and it is in it's hutch in the backyard where it drove Ella crazy for the first two months. She tried and tried to get at that rabbit but listened very well when told no. The past month or so she has left it alone. That is until Honey arrived...the first morning here when I put the girls out back Ella ran straight for the rabbit hutch and started barking and of course that brought Honey running. Well it only took about 5 mins and Honey had the wire on the cage broke and her head in the cage. She did not get the rabbit but when I came out and gave them both trouble Ella sat there barking at Honey and looking at me as if to say, "it is all her, not me!" All is well now though with the rabbit. I should of known something was up as soon as I put them out because Ella never barks so when she does you know there is something up.
Ella is use to going everywhere with me and it is very seldom that she gets left at home and when she does she is a very good girl. Honey is now too getting use to coming with me, so when I do have to leave them both behind they have decided this is not acceptable. I don't know who starts but they have both got caught digging holes in my flower garden area out back (no major damage done), and they are getting better with not digging. They spill their water buckets and chew them up, so now its time for steel pails. They chew up anything they can find that is not a toy or bone. When I come home though they both look at me with sad faces, then look at one another as if they are pointing saying; "she did it!" It is very amusing but a mess I can do without. They have only been left alone in the house for short periods of time but have destroyed nothing. Only messes have been outside so that is great. Ella is very well behaved in the house but Honey I wasn't sure on so it has been only very short periods but I feel confident that she would be fine for longer periods now. When I am home her house manners are great. She does try to get at things but takes NO right away and stays away from anything that is not a toy in the house. She learned very well that toys are the only things that she can chew on in the house and boy does she chew them. Like Ella, she rips all the squeakers out of toys, stuffing is gone in no time and the rope toys are shredded into tiny threads, lol. So needless to say they get new toys quite often, lol.
Honey and Ella respect each other and have had no problems adjusting to sharing a house except when Honey tries to sit in Ella's chair. Ella will share food, toys, treats anything ... but NOT her chair. There was a few growls the first couple times Honey tried to sit in the chair now respects that it is Ella's chair. Ella will put up with lots but has made it clear she is the boss and Honey has excepted that. They have learned to share the couch though. This was the common ground that they found. Ella may not share the chair but they found that the couch has enough room for them both. They each have their own beds in my room and they sleep great. When it is bedtime Honey settles right down and goes to sleep and like Ella does not move until I get up in the morning.
Honey is great on a leash for her walks and great at the off leash park. She has gone to my stepsons football game and just lies there with Ella and watches the game. She does not bother anyone nor does she try running around chasing the kids or the ball. She is wonderful with the little kids that have been around here and everyone that has met her just loves her. She thinks she is a little lap dog though. She loves to be cuddled and climbs right up on my lap and will sit there for as long as I will let her. As you will see in the pictures. The pictures were taken on Oct 9th, I was watching the Eskimo game and she decided that I had the best seat in the house and wanted to watch the game with me, she climbed right up on my lap and stayed there for about an hour when she got to heavy for me. Ella gets jealous but now they have learned to share. I sit on the couch with one on each side of me and they put their heads on my lap and they are happy.
Well I guess I have gone on long enough. There is so much that I could write about but I will quit now. All in all Honey is a wonderful well-behaved girl and we love her to pieces and are very happy with our decision to adopt her. She fits right into our family and we cannot imagine what it would be like with out her now.
All the best to everyone at SCARS. Hugs and kisses to all from Honey and Ella. Take care,Alison

Dixi & Anna (aka Dottie & Glory)

Its been a year since we picked Dixi (formerly Dottie) up from St. Albert, and 2 years since we adopted Anna (formerly Glory). Both puppies are doing excellent, other than the odd taste-testing of various objects including the telephone bill. LOL.

Anna is our very vocal but purely harmless guard dog, loudly alerting us to people, critters and wind. The hair on her back stands on ends when she hears something unfamiliar. She loves snooping around, stuffing her mouth with racket balls and lying on her back (a type of doggy yoga). A far cry from being cold and scared under a trailer 2 years ago.
Dixi has been very quiet. We have only heard 3 girly barks this whole year. Maybe she is learning from Anna how to bark – after all she learnt to play like how a dog should including chew toys and balls. Dixi loves to stretch out on the couch with one of us, sometimes on her back with her legs sticking up into the air (another type of doggy yoga). We have also discovered that Dixi loves to dance – when we move to music, she would jump up to move with us.

Both puppies are such a joy to us, entertaining us to no end. We want to convey our thanks and encourage SCARS to continue their wonderful work.
Murray and Jessmi, Calgary

Tuesday, 10 October 2006


Just wanted to say hi from the land of the midnight sun, and to let you all know I have settled in well.
I am doing so many new things here, and having a ball! Lucky, my Sister, says in the winter it gets really cold.
My Mom says she will put a coat on me, to keep me warm, and to keep track of me against the snow!
Thanks so much for taking such good care of me until I found my new home
Lots of love, Beau xoxox

Monday, 2 October 2006

Marvin (aka Twister)

Marvin is doing very well. He just got neutered a couple weeks ago but it hasn't slowed him up any! Still into everything....he makes us laugh constantly. He is quite the character. Here are a couple of pictures taken somewhat recently. I'll keep you posted.


Just thought I’d give you an update on Kimby. She is doing so well! She walks with her sister Cassie (who came from the Edmonton Humane Society) everyday at the off-leash area in Sherwood Parkand everyone comments on what a sweet, happy puppy she is. You would never know that she had such a rough start in life! Aside from being cute and cuddly, her little quirks are what make her so special: she loves water and will swim wherever she can, including her water dish, the toilet, and puddles (she is usually caked in mud by the time she leaves the off-leash, but fortunately she likes to take baths as well!). It has been trying at times raising two puppies together, but knowing that Kimby and Cassie will have a happy life makes it all worthwhile. And having two puppies to walk and cuddle with is a bonus! Take Care, Jennifer