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.

Friday, 29 June 2007


This is my new forever home. I have settled in beautifully. I have a best friend Sadie, and I play with her every single day. I love her. My new family have me in puppy school. I am sooo smart. Thanks to SCARS I now have a great life.

Barks of thanks.

Sox forever.......

Tuesday, 26 June 2007



We adopted Sasha in November of 2005 and we have loved every minute of the time we have spent with her! We may be extremely biased but we have even had friends who don't like dogs admit what a great dog she is. Sasha loves to meet new people and animals. Her favorite things to do are run and to play with other dogs. In the beginning of 2006 we attended Basic Manners classes at Dogspaw and Sasha graduated with flying colours.

We recently had a new baby come into our home and were a little worried about if Sasha would be jealous. The worries were for nothing as Sasha thinks of the new baby as hers and if he starts crying she will come and get one of us if we don't come fast enough.

Thank you so much for all the great work you do in bringing these deserving animals to loving homes! We can honestly say that our lives wouldn't be the same without Sasha in them! It is hard to imagine a time that she wasn't with us even though it has only been a year and a half.

Celena, Scott & Kellan

Friday, 22 June 2007

Syren (AKA Liberty)


Here is Syren (aka: Liberty) now 2 years old. She is my sweetie, my shadow everywhere!


Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Keeta (AKA Nakita) and Garner

Hi there!

This is Keeta (A.K.A. Nakita) and Garner here! We were adopted by our new mum and dad (Lesley and Jesse from Calgary) from you guys about 5 months ago when we used to live with Silvia. Could you please pass this email on to her. We just wanted to catch her up on what has been happening for us in our new home!!!

We really love our new home and our parents sure love us a bunch; however, it was a bit of an adjustment period when we first moved in! I (Garner) was a pretty nervous guy and got really scared of a lot of things, my nickname even became "Mr. Worries" because I worried so much and was always very tense with a really tight belly!!! I did not really like going to the dog park much as all those other crazy dogs got me pretty worried! Keeta on the other hand, loves the dog park and is always looking to play with whoever is around!

Soon, after we got settled in in our new home, Keeta really started acting strange and it was soon discovered that she was a "resource guarder" and did not want anyone to go near her toys or anything else she thought should be hers. She even bit our mum twice on the hand and growled and made her feel really scared.

Our mum and dad cared about us a lot though and wanted to do whatever they could to help me with my worries and Keeta with her guarding and aggression. We had a visit from a really nice trainer who came right to our house. She helped a lot on that first visit and mum and dad felt a lot better. The trainer liked us so much that she decided to make me and Keeta her "case study dogs" for some training she was doing and we got to do a 9 week- intensive training for FREE! My parents have learnt a lot about us and we're really doing a good job of listening and getting along together. I think the best thing that my parents learnt about was the "Tellington Therapeutic touch" which Keeta and I both really love.

It has really done an amazing job of getting rid of a lot of my worries! I am less tense, more confident and just feel better about myself overall. I even like to go to the park and have started to play with some of the other dogs!!! My parents say that I am such a loyal guy, I always stay close and try really hard to listen and do things to make my parents proud. I also learnt a lot of manners at my dog school class- I was the top student!

Keeta is doing way better and is much more respectful to our parents. No bites, not many growls, and is even giving her toys to them when they ask for them!!! She loves the t-touch too and lets mum touch her where she needs to when she was not even aloud to touch her paws before!!!

Keeta and I like to play together and once in a while will even do a little snuggling together! Our favorite is going out to the mountains with mum and dad...we can be off leash in the mountains as we stay close to mum and dad. We also love to go back-country skiing with dad...I love to try to catch his skis!!!! I think we have really brought lots of happiness to mum and dad's life and they have brought lots to ours! We are a great little family and look out for each other.

I hope that all is going well with you and all your pup-friends. Thank you so much for taking care of us and keeping us safe, it's so nice to see that you are still looking after other pups that need your help.

ps- thanks for the calendar you sent.....Boy....do I ever look handsome on that cover!!!!
wet nose kisses and licks!

Keeta and Garner

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Gracie (aka Nana)

I wanted to update AGAIN how well Gracie is doing. She definitely has the Basset in her as she loves to howl when we sing! She certainly has her own voice and makes sure you know exactly how she feels about things. She has a cat brother named Reilly whom she would dearly love to play with but who has decided he can't be bothered with these dog things. And she has a big brother named Buster (in picture) who she torments endlessly. She has been a test of his patience has she runs alongside him ,nipping at his ears. But he loves her so much and washes her face each morning. He's very protective at the off-leash and at the slightest sign that she might be in over her head, Buster runs over to "save" his princess. I am so grateful to SCARS for giving her a second chance. We just love her to bits.

January 2, 2007

Just a few pics to show you what a little gem you guys helped create.

Gracie(Nanna) and I spend every waking moment together and the favorite part of both our days is the half hour walk we take at 6 in the morning. I know she is a special little monkey if she can manage to have me awake at that time and NOT be grumpy!! More and more of goofiness comes out everyday and we sometimes refer to her as "graceless Gracie" as she is terribly clumsy. But she makes me smile and even Reilly, the cat, has determined she is hardly a threat and will allow us all to sleep together in peace. The look of horror on his face when he woke up cuddled up to Gracie instead of me was priceless. Thanks again for this little bundle of joy and laughs!!

Feel free to post pics and letter. Everyone should be so lucky to have a Gracie!

Monday, 11 June 2007


Hi There,

I am sending an update on Echo. I sent a pic. of her last year to be put in your Look at us now. It as been a year since we got Echo and she has taken over our yard, house and our hearts. She is the most affectionate, lovable and obedient ( except for going after a deer once) dog we have ever had. We love her to bits. I have heard from a few people that have got dogs from scars that they to are very happy with there pets. Thank-you scars...
Yours truly.. Phil

September 6, 2006

I thought I would give you a quick update on Echo. We have had her for 3 months now. For starters we all LOVE her to pieces. She is a very easygoing dog. She is great with other dogs we meet on our walks. ( very easy going ) Oh and she LOVES walks and rides in the truck. I take her with me as much as possible. I do not think Echo has a mean bone in her body. Getting Echo was the best thing we did. She is a very obedient dog. I could not ask for more.
Thanks S.C.A.R.S.
Yours Truly Phil....

June, 2006

Just thought I would let you know that so far Echo is doing great. She is a VERY good dog so far. It will be three weeks this Tusday that we had her. All I can say is she's a doll. She listens real well and follows basic commands. The only time she go's to the bathroom is when we take her for walks. I think she only went twice in the yard. Between me and my daughter she is getting spoilt.Anyway I just thought I would tell you a bit about how Echo was doing... Yours Truly.. Phil

Friday, 8 June 2007


Hi Jamie and Foster Parent Olivia,

Sierra is doing beautifully! She is very happy and loved. She is extremely smart and we have started training. She loves her walks and loves to play fetch. Her and our little shitsu terrypoo, Abby, are the best of friends, and they will even share a food bowl now. She truly is a member of our family and we just wanted to thank you for her, and your support and guidance when we had questions or concerns. We are looking at agility training for her as she is extremely smart and can jump crazy heights. She also loves spending time with us, and that is some great one on one time. Our 18 month old daughter can say her name beautifully, and in fact it was one of her first words. The girls really enjoy her.
Thanks again,
Jenni, Khery, Brieanna, Indigo and her best pal Abby