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, 11 January 2008

Odie (AKA Roper)

We adopted Odie (formerly Roper) in June/07 and he was one of Brooke's little ones. She had just been rescued from up north and when we found out about her she had just had 8 puppies. My friend Olivia volunteered at SCARS and got me in contact with DOGSPAW where Odie was being fostered. It was love a first sight for us. He was smelly, and dirty from playing with his mates, but he was adorable. He immediately attached himself to Ryan and for someone who never had a dog before--he was sold! We took him home and as our first puppy, it was tough and trying, and he’s certainly given our hardwood “character,” but it’s absolutely worth it.

As soon as he was old enough we brought him to DOGSPAW for Daycare and training. He loves it there! He gets so excited when he sees the staff there he nearly wipes out! He also loves the off leash park and his grandparents where he get to play with their four leggers. In the summer we take him to Lac La Biche where he gets to enjoy many free and adventure filled weekends at the lake.

At near 9 months he's turned out to be the perfect Monkey. In addition to being a chronic "licker,” his personality is just like his mom's and he's a true sweetheart. He loves car rides with his mom and dad and tries (and often succeeds) in riding on my lap in the passenger seat. At 45lbs + this just doesn't seem right, but I usually let him. Odie loves other dogs, people and kids. In fact he loves just about everyone! He is the most submissive dog I've ever known, but we like that about him and wouldn't change who he is for anything.

I just can't imagine Odie growing up where or how he might have. I am so thankful for SCARS at taking such good care of Brooke and her puppies. I know Odie is too.

Thursday, 3 January 2008

Cain & Abel (AKA Wrangler & Heffer)

Hello SCARS! First of all we love the new look of the website. I visit it at least once a day. It has become a habit and I try to help by letting people know about SCARS and giving them the website address.

Cain & Abel are soon turning 9 months old and weigh 70+ lbs each. We did not expect them to get this big as the vet told us before that they look like they are going to be medium sized dogs (40lbs according to the vet), given the fact that they are beagle/shepherd mix. But 50lbs later (they were around 20lbs when we adopted them!) they look like they are still growing.

They finished their puppy class at DOGSPAW and we absolutely fell in love with that training facility, unfortunately, Abel gets car sick whenever he's in the truck, making it stressful for him to travel back and forth from our house (Southside) to the Dogspaw (Northside). The boys just finished their Obedience Level 1 (we found a place close to where we live, thank God!) and are getting ready for their Level 2. We are also planning on enrolling them to Agility Classes.

They are doing really good and are both very healthy. They turned out to be really well behaved dogs and sooooo good with kids. Their appearance have changed alot, their coats are lighter than they used to be.

Cain & Abel are now fully housebroken and can now be trusted to have a free run in the house. I've managed to train them to use the bell as a signal when they need to go out. They've been to the off leash park many times as well and are very well socialized with other dogs and people as well. =)

I am attaching the pictures of the two. If you wish to include it to your LOOK AT US NOW page, please feel free to do so. Thanks so much for giving us the chance to have these wonderful puppies in our lives.


Khresna, Stu, Cain & Abel

September 16, 2007

Hi SCARS! Here are some pictures of the pups, Abel & Cain (aka Heffer & Wrangler). They are 5 months old now and they've been with us for three months. They finished their PUPPY Class last July and they are now currently attending their Obedience Level 1 Class. They've grown so much! They are both smart dogs and are both doing great with their training. They've completed all their vaccinations and are scheduled to have their neutering surgery at the end of September. Both are crate trained, very sociable and great with kids. We also just finished building a doghouse for them in our backyard.

Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to give these wonderful puppies their forever home.


Khresna & Stu

August 14, 2007

Hi there! Just to keep you guys posted about the pups, they are now 15 weeks old and are both doing great. We went to the Vet last wednesday for their final shots. It was a stressful day for the boys as they both received two shots, one intra nasal and their monthly deworming pill. But they were both great and none of them even noticed that they were being vaccinated.

They finally finished their puppy class last week and we are now waiting for September to have their next class, the Obedience one. They are both smart pups and they already know a lot of tricks. We are still working on the loose leash walking but other than that everything is going great! They've grown so much since the first day we got them. They tripled their weight in 7 weeks! Abel (Heffer) has motion sickness and the vet prescribed some gravol for him to take before we go for a car ride. Cain does not show any motion sickness since the first car ride.

Also, as part of the adoption policy, they are booked for their neutering surgery come September. The Whitemud Creek Vet Clinic said they have to come for a vet visit two weeks prior, to do some test with them and to prepare them for the upcoming surgery.

Thanks a lot and have a wonderful weekend!

Khresna & Stuart

July 14, 2007

Hi Andrea! I saw you on Global TV today with two of your dogs that are up for adoption. I think its really good that SCARS is finally getting the city's attention.

Cain & Abel (aka Wrangler & Heffer) are getting bigger each day. We took them to the vet last weekend and they weigh twice the size they were when they first visited the vet for their first shot, we took them to the same vet who checked them a month ago this time for their second shot, I believe just a day before we brought them home. And the vet told us that they are in perfect health. Today, they weigh more than 25 lbs each at 12 weeks. They know a lot of tricks already, they learned all these just a week after we adopted them (working at home made this easy for us, as I was able to give the boys a lot of attention and time plus they are naturally smart!!!). Both are also crate & potty trained. Its amazing how they progress each day. Currently, they are only two weeks away from graduating in their PUPPY CLASS. Nicole (Dogspaw) has been extremely helpful to us. We learned so much from her with regards to raising our pups.

Thanks again. I can never thank SCARS enough for all they joy that Cain & Abel has brought into our lives.

I am also attaching a copy of their picture and you have our permission to post it in your website if you will choose to do so.

Take care & have a good night!

Khresna & Stu

Wednesday, 2 January 2008


Hi there,

I see you updated your web page and I wanted to give you an update on Skylar who we found on your web site in October 2007. When Skylar first came to us we loved her right away - she is a BIG suck she spends most of her time on her back with all four feet in the air waiting for someone to pet her belly. In the short period of time that we have had her she has learned to go off leash, sit, stay and has learned that she is not allowed upstairs or on the furniture, she is one smart dog. We already had a collie when we welcomed Skylar into our house and she has instantly become her sister, they share their dog house outside and spend countless hours wrestling with each other. We also have three small children and Skylar is amazing with them, she even lets the baby climb all over her. Skylar has been an excellent addition to our home and she will be with us forever!!!

Here are some pictures of Skylar if you would like to add them to your web site!

The Webb Family

November 2, 2007

Hi there!! It's me Skylar, I just wanted to "paw" you a message to tell you how happy I am at my new home!! I have three two legged siblings and one four legged sibling. My border collie sister and I love to wrestle in the back yard and I even let the baby crawl all over me. I travel well and am learning the rules of my new house. I go off leash at the dog park and love to roll on my back and have people give me a rub. I am learning to come when my mom calls me and I already know how to sit, stay and lie down, I am soooo smart!! I get really upset when my mom goes to pick up by brother from school and doesn't take me too. My sister Zippy and I sometimes get into trouble in the back yard, actually, I taught her a new trick - it's called digging, it's really fun especially in the garden, hee hee. Thanks for rescuing me scars. I am one happy dog.