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, 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

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