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, 30 October 2007

Olive (Autumn)


I just want to send along a success story, and a picture of our Olive (formerly known as Autumn) who we adoped in August.

We instantly fell in love with her as she bonded with us. It didn't take long for her to settle in, and even when she's causing trouble (which does happen from time to time), we can't stay mad at her for long.

She's been an amazing addition to our household - she's always good for a few laughs and loves her daily walks. She's also doing great at puppy school!

We are so greatful that we found out about SCARS and brought Olive into our lives. We can't wait for dog #2 (but need a bigger house first).
Thank you for everything you do!

Monday, 22 October 2007



We are delighted to give you an update on Patrick who was adopted on August 28, 2007 (or should I say that’s when Patrick adopted us!).

We lost our beloved lab Honey back in April and after 14 ½ years together, we weren’t anxious to have another pet. But from the moment we walked into Dogspaw, Patrick captured our hearts. He walked around the 4 of us, and promptly climbed into my lap which is no small feat for a dog his size! Patrick now lives near an off leash park by the river in Edmonton and loves his 3 walks each day. He is perfectly behaved and enjoys playing with dogs of all sizes. Both he and my husband have lost a few pounds and that’s great for both of them. My 6 yr old nephew recently commented that our house feels much better now that we have another dog and we wholeheartedly agree. Patrick had a check up and shots at the vet yesterday and the vet was delighted to confirm he is in excellent health. We would like to thank you for the great work you do!!

Thanks again for rescuing Patrick!

Thursday, 11 October 2007

Buffy (Amarula)

Hello all,

Thought I would send you a quick update with a few pictures of Amarula, who now goes as Buffy. She's 4 and half months now, and is tipping the scale at 20lbs. Not the wee one we brought home, though she still likes to be held and is convinced she's a lap dog. She's doing amazingly well, and has settled in better than we could expect. She has made fast friends with my youngest cat, they wrestle and chase after each other daily. Buffy and my older cat have a game of psychological warfare going on right now, I'm not sure who'll win as she's bigger than him already but doesn't seem to know it.

Although I was a little worried about how well she would get along with my two other dogs Jetson and Ta'i, she has become best buddies with them and usually prefers their company to mine. (especially when she knows tha I am leaving.) I started training classes with her at PetSmart, and she is by far the star pupil. She is smart, attentive and eager to please. Her vet, Dr. Stelfox thinks she's a fabulous little puppy and aside from a few minor problems at the beginning is nice and healthy and growing like a weed.

After the loss of my dog 2 summers ago I didn't think it was possible for me to become so attached to a dog again. I was VERY wrong. Buffy has consumed me and my world revolves around her. She is the addition to our household that seems to belong. Thank you so much for allowing us to bring such a sweetheart into our life. I will keep you updated as she grows. She's going to be one beautiful dog.