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, 26 March 2008



We have had Delilah with us for one year. It feels like we’ve had her for a lot longer, buts it’s only been one wonderful year and we know many more will follow. She was supposed to be our first foster dog with SCARS, but after a week of having her we knew that she was meant to be with us and we adopted her ourselves. We already have two of her pups as our own, Daisy and Duke, whom both have a write up on the Look at Us Now page. They all like to play together, walk together, and now that we are out of town, they have a big ‘ole fenced yard for them and they can run outside and play for hours.

No one knows for sure how old she is, but from all the litters that SCARS knows she's had and all the grey in her beard, she’s had a long and hard life up north. Now she likes to lie on the heat vent when the furnace is going or lay in front of the gas fireplace. She soaks in as much heat as she possibly can before we think she'll catch fire and we call her away before she about to start smoking. She gets first dibs on the bed, after we get in of course, and she usually picks her adopted mom’s side. She lies by her mom’s head and snores to her hearts content ‘til the alarm goes off and its time to move. Then it is off to the dad’s side, ‘cause he doesn’t have to get up for a couple more hours, and dreams doggy dreams. (Delilah is doing the doggy dreaming, not dad)

When both parents leave for the day she loves to hop onto the reclining chair by the window, lay with her head on the arm rest and watch the day go by with many a nap in between.
I am sure if she could speak, she would call the SCARS ladies and thank them for saving her and all of her pups from the tough life they were living up north. Now they are off into warm, wonderful, loving houses to which they call their ‘furever’ homes.

Thanks for all of the joyful times we are having with ALL of our pups!

John & Pam Van Der Laan


Anonymous said...

This story simply brings tears to my eyes. How I wish more people would open up their hearts and homes to more animals. We have 5 animals right now. A dog, 2 cats (both were rescued - one in the Caribbean and one here), and two beautiful West African grey parrots. I cannot imagine our life without them. Each brings his or her own joy to our home.

Anonymous said...

Awwww.... sooo cute :)