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.

Saturday, 25 August 2007


This is April's story, adopted by us in June 2007. April was our first experience fostering for Scars. To some degree the fostering was a failure due to the fact that we decided to keep April. She was the most laid back dog and the heaviest sleeper we have ever seen.

She is an independent little girl and she is very calm. Our older dog Oakley adores her. They play whenever they get a chance. April seems to be a very athletic dog. She seems to like the feeling of being in the air. We take her to the lake and she jumps off of the top of a 4 foot drop and launches herself as far as she can go. She runs very fast and is a very graceful jumper. We had our older dog in agility class and she came along for the ride. After class we took her through for fun and when she went over the jump there were a lot of ooohs and aaaahs from the people that saw her.

We enjoy her antics and love to watch her run laps around the yard. She loves to chase bugs and seems to have a taste for grasshoppers and moths. Eeeeew! She hasn't shown us much interest in toys, however she loves chewing sticks and nylabones. During one snowfall she was spotted running and catching snowflakes. We love to watch her slowly charm Oakley until he gets distracted so she can gently grab his bone from him. At times she charms him so well that he willingly gives it up to her.

She has assisted us in the care of other foster dogs that have come through our house. I am sure that when she matures she will be a great asset to help us socialize new foster dogs as they come into our care. We are so glad she came into our lives. *Dave and Michelle

Monday, 20 August 2007

Mika (Milla)

Hi Scars,

I don't know how to thank you guys. Mika has come a long way, since we adopted her when she was at Pet Planet, Mika, is a big part of our family now also, our cat who we have had for 14 years loves her too. Mika loves her walks, especially to Second Cup on 124 Street, where she knows that she is going to get some muffin from my friend. Also, to the off leash area where she can meet her dog friends. She looks forward to seeing her cousin Sonic, who is a collie cross. Loves car rides, especially when we go to Grande Cache, where she knows can just run and run on the trails. She has been easy to train in all areas. AND THE WHOLE FAMILY LOVES HER.

I just want to say thanks again Scars for the wonderful job you are doing.

Mika is related to Kootenay formerly Freddy

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This is a very tough entry to make. Casey was taken from us in an awful accident in July, a month before her second birthday. I won't go into details. Suffice it to say that the guilt and the horror of her death will be with us forever. I still sleep with her favorite squeeky toy and cry for her often. Though she was a tough puppy to love, we loved her totally!
Casey was born in August 2005, part of Grace's litter of seven. Our Border Collie/Aussie had died from cancer in Sept, leaving our lives empty with no doggy ears to rub. Grace's litter all had the look that we were searching for, and any one of them could have become our pup. Unfortunately, Grace was extremely shy and most of the pups had followed her lead. They were all backed into the doghouse when we went to look at them and we didn't want to drag them out. Casey and one other pup were the outgoing ones and eventually were crawling all over us as we sat in the run.

Wednesday, 15 August 2007


Good Morning,

We have adopted a pup from your society. She was fostered near Westlock. It has been just over 2 years now. Our pup Dazzle, we kept the name that was given, and she has liven up to her name. Attached is updated picture recently taken. Dazzle is now 2 1/4 years old. She loves attention. She is a smart dog and will do a few tricks for us. We love her as part as our family and glad that this SCARS was formed.
Thanks to all the volunteers that care for those that can't.