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.

Monday, 23 April 2007

Colby (aka Sulton)

This is Colby (aka Sulton). After a year of trying to convince my husband, Zan, that we should get another dog so that Brady would have some company, he finally agreed. We had my sister's dog for 2 weeks and we saw how happy Brady was to have another dog around so we decided that it was time to look at getting another dog. We thought about getting a pure-bred German Shepherd puppy and we also thought of the SPCA and SCARS. We adopted Brady from the SPCA back in Feb. 2005 and we were very lucky to have found such a great dog, and so we thought we would look at rescuing another puppy.
I had a couple of dogs picked out and went to PetSmart SCARS Adoption Day to see a couple of them and felt that I had connected the most with Colby (formerly Sulton). I was nervous because I wasn't sure how Brady would feel about a puppy, and if he would be angry at us for getting one.
The first few days we were convinced that Colby didn't have a personality. But as the days went by, his little personality started coming out in a very big way. The very first time I had to leave Colby through the day to go to work, I wasn't sure what to do at first. So I decided that the bathroom would be the best idea. We put some toys and some water down for him and put up a coffee table against the door and left the door open in case Brady wanted to come down for a visit. When my husband got home for work that day, he was greeted by two very happy dogs. He checked the house for damage, but everything was in place. We were very surprised and pleased that our house was in one piece. Somehow the "Escape artist" got out, probably through a crack that he pushed open.
Then we started leaving the two dogs outside through the day in our fenced yard. It was in the evening and Colby was outside so I thought I would go and check on him to make sure he wasn't getting into trouble. He was nowhere to be found. He managed to get himself out of a small hole under the fence that we didn't see because it was covered up by a lilac bush. Brady and I ran around the neighbourhood calling him and I thought for sure he was gone. About 15 minutes had gone by and out of nowhere there comes Colby. Zan decided after that he needed to board up a few spots around the fence. He has tried to escape since. We have had Colby now for about 5 months and he has grown to be such an important part of our family. His personality fits in so well with all of ours. He loves the water, he loves car rides and he has even survived a 9 hour car ride to Vernon, BC. He loves the outdoors, and he loves his family. We are very happy with our decision to get another puppy. *April

Friday, 20 April 2007

Holly (Sookie)

Meet one of our SCARS dogs, Holly. Holly came to us in March 2007, after a very unsettled life. She was found with her puppies in Northern Alberta after being dumped in the bush. The girls at PARS rescued her at just over a year old. Someone adopted Holly from High Prairie and moved her to Edmonton. The adoption didn't work for some reason and Holly was surrendered to SCARS. We had been checking the website for a border collie cross, and Holly (then Sookie) caught our eye. When we brought her home, I didn't know what to expect. I certainly didn't expect to find her sitting in the middle of the kitchen table in the middle of the night, howling! That only happened the first night and I have no idea what got into her. She is still a little shy with men unless they ignore her. The harder a guy tries to make friends, the more suspicious Holly becomes. For some strange reason, Holly bonded with my husband right from the start, she never made strange and prefers his company to mine. That was a relief after her history of shyness. Holly is a typical border collie, energetic and sensitive. A raised voice leaves her cringing. So no raised voices! We love her to bits and are glad to have been able to give her a good home.

Sunday, 15 April 2007


Crispin Spirit says hi to everyone!

On April 24th, it will be three years since my guardian angels at SCARS came to my rescue. A very special thanks to Jan for coming to get me that cold, windy night. Thank God because I was in pretty rough shape from the porcupine quills, not to mention starving to death, literally!

Life is good. I have a sister now as well. We fostered Cammy for a year and then adopted her. She is a great little sister and sure has come a long way since we brought her home. She was shy and pretty scared of people but I told her that my mom would take real good care of her and nobody would ever harm her. She has become daddy's girl, she even lies on the sofa with him every evening to watch TV - that's okay because I am mom's big girl! Sometimes I try to sit on her lap, but her legs are a bit small for my bum.

We go for a walk every morning and just love it. Sometimes Cammy tries to run into the trees foraging for food - old habits die hard. Mom says I am a good girl because I stay close to her side. Besides why would I want to go anywhere - I've hit the good life! Two meals a day, fresh water, nice "dog" house - my people live in it too! We haven't spent a night outside since we came here and do not expect to again! My coat gets brushed and is no longer dirty or matted like it used to be. Just the way it should be for puppies, right?

Our mom and dad take us everywhere with them, we even get to stay in hotels, even Cammy is okay with this. She loves car rides, the moment she hears the 'keys' she is at the door.

Gotta go, our mom is real busy but she promised she would send this update to you. We have enclosed a picture of Cammy as well. It is raining outside today so mom could not get a new one of the two of us together.

Looking forward to seeing you at Tails on the Trails…

Love, hugs and big sloppy kisses

Crispin and Cammy

Please see Crispin's Rescue Story

Tuesday, 10 April 2007


I turned one year old today. I still live a few houses down from my mom and get to visit her occasionally. I love going to the dog park with my dog friends and I love to hang out with my family. The boys can be a little rambunctious sometimes, but so can I. I really love bugging my cats Ruby and Spalding. I think they are finally getting used to having me around.I've enclosed a picture.

Take care,
Arlo Blondie Walter and family