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.

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Nanuk (Lady)

Time flies when you're having fun!Nearly 2 years (January 2006) since this sweetheart, Nanuk (aka Lady), came to us. She nearly doubled her weight and is now a healthy 35kg dog. Her learning curve has been huge over the last two years. She has over come all her of her fears - unknown people, unknown ground, stairs, travel in cars and all her unwanted behavior was curbed (chasing trucks)! She has worked on reducing her fear- aggression with other dogs and she now gets to play with most other dogs around town. Nanuk has been learning how to track and retrieve, and she passed basic training last year without effort. Last year we worked on recall, this year we're going to take her out skiing with us and we can't wait! She will get to put all her skills to work out in the snow! We have so many people stop us on our walks to comment on how well behaved she is, that we usually have to plan on twice as long to get to where we're going. She is one massive love-bug and we couldn't have asked for anything better. We are so happy to have found a dog that needed the time and love because we had it all to give!Thanks so much.

Adrienne and Ryan

Feb, 2006

Hi there.

This is an update on Lady the rescued Pyrenese.

It has been 3 weeks since I picked her up. She is now called Nanuk (inuit for Polar Bear) and she has settled in nicely and has made new friends everywhere we go.

Two weeks ago she was spayed and had entropian repair to her eyes (surgury to stop her eyelashes from touching her eyes, which was causing the dark streaks down her face). She is socializing well at the ski shop with customers and has been meeting all of Grizzly Bear's friends (and family).

We have taken her out hiking a few times and hopefully with time will learn to be a little more graceful, as she seems to thrash and crash her way through the woods with great joy. She seems to like everyone she meets, men, women, children and dogs.

Nanuk has made a wonderful impact on our family and we will continue to embrace her presence for years to come. She loves car rides now, the ride back from Westlock was restless for her, but after that 5 hour trip, 30 minutes to her is nothing. How do you fit 2 dogs in a little Kia? Easy.



Monday, 26 November 2007

Ralph (Michael)


Here is Ralph, formerly Michael, I would like to thank SCARS and also my foster mother Pauline, for getting me a new home. I have a sister named Mika, she was from SCARS, so we have a lot in common. I also, have another sister (CAT) named Cleo, and we are not the best of buddies yet but am working on it. As you can see I am the best looking one of the bunch the one in the middle. On my right is my cousin Sonic, and on my left is Mika. I love my new home, have learnt some commands and am walking well on the leash. And oh boy I am 99% toilet trained. My Mum and Dad are happy about that.

So thanks again SCARS for finding me a new home.

Love and oxoxox


Wednesday, 14 November 2007


I never changed her name, because she only knew the words "Aris" and "bad dog" when I met her. Since the last update she has learned so many words and commands: heel, dance, shake a paw, wag (at which her tail goes crazy), come, and stay. Since no one played with her before I got her, she didn't know how. Now, after two years, she is finally getting the hang of chasing balls and sticks and sometimes even bringing them back (we're getting there) and she LOVES her squeaky toy. She plays with it like a cat. She used to be afraid of all men, but now it's selective.She even tries to crawl into one of my male friend's lap, like a cat. I'm so proud of her.She has come such a long way since I got her. I only wish I knew how her sister "Luna" is doing. If Luna ever needs a home again, she has one here with me and her sister, no questions asked.


October 10, 2006

Here's an updated picture of Aris who I adopted last August after my old friend Bud passed away. Since the last update, she has learned to sit, shake a paw and dance and she is in the process of learning stay, heel and stop. She gets along well with the three cats in the house but makes sure no feline intruders impinge on her yard. She never made a sound for the first three months she was with me, but now she has become a very good watchdog, letting me know whether someone is walking down the sidewalk or alley. She is also a very good "inside" dog and looks after the house for me while I'm at work. She has become an integral part of my "family" and I thank SCARS for letting me offer her a "forever home". **Lydia

May, 2006

Hi, I adopted Aris in July of this summer after my 11 year old companion dog Bud passed away. It was pretty traumatic and Aris helped me make the transition easier. Here is a picture of her now (November) in her new home, happy and healthy.

*Lydia, Happy SCARS adoptee recipient

Saturday, 10 November 2007



Not sure if you remember us, we adopted Dixie (black shepherd mix) from a farm outside of Edmonton a couple of years ago, but I just wanted to let you all know she is doing wonderful! My fiancĂ© and I just moved to Nova Scotia but I had to drive out here first by myself because he had to leave a week or so later. Anyway I took Dixie and she was the best company I could have had! We love her dearly and we don’t forget where she came from! I’ll attach some pics!

Brandy, Mike and Hudson

editors note: of course we remember you and Dixie! We never forget our puppies who we will alsoway love nor their adoptive families who we will always be greatful to.

Oslo (AKA Blue)

Hi SCARS ladies!!!

James and I adopted Oso (formerly known as Blue) from you this summer and I just wanted to give you an update! We adopted Oso after being treated at Whitemud Creek Veterinary Clinic for having porcupine quills removed from his face (he and his brothers must have been super hungry to go after a porcupine!).

Oso is the third of our new three dog family. His big brother Murdoch took him in the first day and showed him the ropes. They are best of friends. Oso has really helped my mom’s dog Bear come out of his shell (he is a bit of a mental mess) but they are now very good friends as well! Oso and the gang have all moved to Peachland, B.C. and everyone loves him and comments on his big blue eye! His life consists of exploring all the mountainous crown land, swimming at the doggie beach with other mutts, and resting by the fire in the evening. He is almost finished growing as he is about a year now (whew!).

We love Oso so much and we are so happy that SCARS rescued him so he could be the important part of our family that he is today!

Thank you so much,

Holly and James,
Peachland, BC

Friday, 9 November 2007

Lexie (AKA Leesa)

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to send along a thank you to all of the volunteers and organizers that helped get me healthy and find my forever home. It has been about seven months since I have been home, and life is lots of fun here. As you can see in the picture, I have a little one to look after and he keeps me very busy. He loves me lots, and always has a smile and hug for me. I am just so glad to have found a family that will baby me as much as the baby and has lots of hugs and kisses for me. Even though I’m still a little bit clumsy and forget my size, my dad still lets me crawl into his lap every now and then for a cuddle. Thanks again!!


Monday, 5 November 2007

Heidi (Celeste)


I thought I would send you some pictures of Heidi (SCARS called her Celeste). She is the most wonderful little girl, well she is not so little anymore... she weighed 10 lb's when we got her on September 16th and she now weighs 21 lb's.

She is in puppy kindergarten and I must say she is very smart and learns very fast, the best in the class...I know... but I am her Mom. Everyone just loves her. With the passing of my beautiful Lucy (Collie) in July, this house was so quite and sad but Heidi has brought so much life back to us. She is teaching us so much about the newness of everything... snow... ice cream... even the leaves blowing across the grass is fun. So thank you so much for our wonderful puppy!

Beth and Terry