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.

Tuesday, 22 May 2007



It is getting close to a year since I have been adopted and I am having a great time with my new family. I live with my Mom and Dad and I even have a little black pug for a sister.

A lot has happened in the last year. My Mom and Dad got married just as soon as I was adopted and we moved to Calgary. I love it here.

I am getting quite big. I weigh 58lbs. I like to play ball in the back yard and go for long walks. I keep asking Dad to take me for a bike ride but he doesn't think that my brakes work that well yet.

I am curious to see how my siblings are doing...Maggie, Rocky, and all of the others. I hope that they are as happy as me.


Mille Taylor

P.s. I have enclosed a picture of myself so you can see how great I look. XOXOX

Monday, 21 May 2007

Akira (AKA Sawyer)

Hi! My name is Ktista. My husband and I adopted Akira from your organization just over 2 years ago. At that time he was known as Sawyer. He is a Ridgeback cross, we believe he is mixed with Husky,as he displays a lot of physical and behavioral characteristics of a husky. Akira's mom and sister were also from your organization. I remember his mother was Onyx and his sister was Sassy.

Akira is a great dog! He is a big sweetheart, and he loves to cuddle and kiss. He is madly in love with our 4 month old daughter.He will not stop kissing her, and every time she cries, he runs into the room to check on her. He sleeps beside her all the time too. He is so loyal, and he is very very protective of our family, especially me and Kalle, our baby girl. He is either following me around the house where ever I go, or he is laying beside Kalle. He is such a fantastic dog for our family.

Tuesday, 15 May 2007

Gilligan & Precilla

May 15, 2007

Hi everyone! Gilligan here. I’ve been with my mom and my Aunt Neenee for over a year now and I could not be happier. My mom likes to take me and Precilla for long walks on the off-leash trails and we love it! I make friends with almost all of the dogs we meet except for this pack of Newfies that I’m terrified of; those things look like bears!! My leg is doing great although every once in a while I get a little too crazy (I’m a fun-loving guy) and it gets sore for a while and then I turn into a “hop-along”. But I’m a tough boy and my mom keeps Metacam on hand just in case! I am a 93-pound mama’s boy and one of my most favorite things to do is ‘nuggle with my mom and let her give me big hugs. I was very happy that my mom and Neenee adopted my girlfriend Precilla. It’s nice to have a friend although I think she is more attached to me than I am to her—just don’t tell her I said that. Haha.

Hey. It’s me, Precilla. My mom and Neenee adopted me in November so I’ve been part of the “zoo” for almost 6 months now. I looooove my boyfriend Gilligan. It was love at first sight. I can’t get enough of him!! When we went to school at Dogspaw everyone kept laughing at how I would maul Gilligan with kisses and paws after being away from him for just a few minutes. My mom is trying to get me to be a little more independent by walking me alone. She says it is working but one time I slipped out of my collar and there was no way I was going to let Mom get within 3 feet of me; no siree! So, Neenee had to bring Gilligan in the car to where we were so that Mom could put the collar and leash back on me. Haha that sure gave Mom a run for her money. She said it was a good thing we weren’t by cars. I am still a little shy with people—those things can be pretty scary. But I have gotten much better! I am not a “melter” anymore when I get scared. My mom and Neenee think that the reason I used to be SO scared was because I was in pain. It turned out that I had some rotten teeth that had to be removed. Right after the surgery I was already a braver, happier girl. I am so happy to be in my forever home with my mom, Neenee and the kitties.

Thursday, 10 May 2007



We just wanted to give you an update on Riddick, the Australian Shepherd Cross that we picked up from Athabasca in September/October of 2006 (I think that’s when we got him).

He has finally settled in with his sister Monday. We changed his name to Mimic as soon as we got him – it sounded similar and was just to help him realize he had a new beginning. (also, because he “mimicked” everything Monday did until he took obedience classes with us and finally understood more commands) Monday and Mimic are inseparable now and so happy together. It took him a long time to get over his broken heart and has only just recently actually started to get his self-confidence back and play with enthusiasm.

We have gone rollerblading this spring and although Monday is a wolfhound cross – and has longer legs…. Mimic can go 4 kilometers rollerblading and STILL be pulling his slow-mo Mom behind him. Monday just lopes behind at that point. What an energetic puppy!!

He is so cuddly and loving. He wants nothing more than cuddles and to be near us all the time. We will be moving to Montreal in August for a year and the WHOLE family is moving together. Mimic’s little brother Chase (white cat) is quite happy with the new addition to the family too. Chase and Monday did not get along until Mimic came along! He is the glue that made them all happy together! J Now we are one big happy family and everyone is settled in.

We’ve attached some pictures of the inseparable duo of destruction. J

Luv Tanya, Scott & family.