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, 16 September 2008

Gunner (AKA Goliath)

Dear SCARS Volunteers,

It is just over a year now since we adopted Gunnar (or Goliath) from you, and we'd love to update. Gunnar is personality PLUS! We have gone from taking a cautious "alpha" male to owning a 130 lb. dog that thinks he's a pomeranian ~ no one can escape him trying to climb on your lap for a cuddle! He has become quite the town celebrity, as a normal 30 min walk generally takes over an hour, because EVERYONE wants to visit with this gentle giant. (They aren't nearly as thrilled to see us..hahaha). There isn't a week that goes by that we don't have offers to adopt him. (We could've fostered 5 dogs like him and found great homes for ALL of them) He has really become an ambassador, and can usually be found riding in the work truck as a "Silent Patrollman", going for a walk doing "cat clean-up", or taking up an entire queen-size bed. What can we say.... we lucked out. He is really a joy to have around, and again we thank you for the wonderful job you do.

Sterling & Amber

July 5, 2007


This is a little update on our new family member, Gunnar (formerly GOLIATH). "The Big Guns" as he is known around the block has been with us for 2 weeks. We cannot tell you how happy we are! Gunnar has blended right in with our family ~ including his new "sister" Tikka. He is so incredibly patient with her and her puppy antics....and occasionally he lets her know when he's had enough!

We weren't given a whole bunch of information on Gunnar, because no one really knew a lot about him. What we DO know, even after this short time is that he is a big PUPPY! He is wanting to play all the time, and (lucky for us) he doesn't know his own strength! He likes to soak up a lot of attention, but he's learning he's not the only dog in the house.

As well, we were told to be cautious with him and small children. Gunnar is a very intimidating-looking dog. But I'm sending pictures of him playing and rough-housing with our kids. He wants so bad to please! I think he just needed a chance.

And here's a little secret~ (don't tell the other dogs) ~ but Gunnar is SCARED of squeaky toys. He avoids them like the plague... For a big guy, who knew?

We would really like to send a HUGE thank-you to Nicole and Jesse at Dogspaw. You are a credit to your profession, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We also cannot forget Carl (Goliath's chauffeur) who took the time to bring him to us. YOU ARE ALL AMAZING! Its sad to hear about all the dogs still waiting for a new home, but every last one of you should be commended for all the work you do to make their lives better in the mean time!

We thank you again!

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