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, 17 September 2008

Sachee (Versace)

Hello Everyone:

We just wanted to let you know how Sachee is doing. Well, she is absolutely wonderful and spoiled rotten to prove it. She has been an absolute joy. We hadn't had a puppy in the house for 16 years. Lately it seemed we were rescueing older dogs which was fine. This time we wanted a puppy, we thought it would work better and it did.

One of the fringe benefits is that our oldest dog, that I found in a ditch, had never been properly housebroken. She was about a year old when we got her and it never really occured to us that she would need to be trained.
Over time we found out differently. Well in having to house break Sachee, Brenna was also finally house trained.

When we adopted Sachee we thought that she was going to be a large dog and we were hoping it would be true. Well by our standards she is small. She is about 18" tall and about 35 pounds. I can still pick her up and give her puppy huggings.

Sachee and the third dog Otis are best friends and play wonderfully well together.I have sent pictures of Sachee over the past year.
My husband and I thank you for doing all the work that you do and for allowing us the opportunity to have adopted and enjoy Sachee.

Cam and Pam

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Gunner (AKA Goliath)

Dear SCARS Volunteers,

It is just over a year now since we adopted Gunnar (or Goliath) from you, and we'd love to update. Gunnar is personality PLUS! We have gone from taking a cautious "alpha" male to owning a 130 lb. dog that thinks he's a pomeranian ~ no one can escape him trying to climb on your lap for a cuddle! He has become quite the town celebrity, as a normal 30 min walk generally takes over an hour, because EVERYONE wants to visit with this gentle giant. (They aren't nearly as thrilled to see us..hahaha). There isn't a week that goes by that we don't have offers to adopt him. (We could've fostered 5 dogs like him and found great homes for ALL of them) He has really become an ambassador, and can usually be found riding in the work truck as a "Silent Patrollman", going for a walk doing "cat clean-up", or taking up an entire queen-size bed. What can we say.... we lucked out. He is really a joy to have around, and again we thank you for the wonderful job you do.

Sterling & Amber

July 5, 2007


This is a little update on our new family member, Gunnar (formerly GOLIATH). "The Big Guns" as he is known around the block has been with us for 2 weeks. We cannot tell you how happy we are! Gunnar has blended right in with our family ~ including his new "sister" Tikka. He is so incredibly patient with her and her puppy antics....and occasionally he lets her know when he's had enough!

We weren't given a whole bunch of information on Gunnar, because no one really knew a lot about him. What we DO know, even after this short time is that he is a big PUPPY! He is wanting to play all the time, and (lucky for us) he doesn't know his own strength! He likes to soak up a lot of attention, but he's learning he's not the only dog in the house.

As well, we were told to be cautious with him and small children. Gunnar is a very intimidating-looking dog. But I'm sending pictures of him playing and rough-housing with our kids. He wants so bad to please! I think he just needed a chance.

And here's a little secret~ (don't tell the other dogs) ~ but Gunnar is SCARED of squeaky toys. He avoids them like the plague... For a big guy, who knew?

We would really like to send a HUGE thank-you to Nicole and Jesse at Dogspaw. You are a credit to your profession, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We also cannot forget Carl (Goliath's chauffeur) who took the time to bring him to us. YOU ARE ALL AMAZING! Its sad to hear about all the dogs still waiting for a new home, but every last one of you should be commended for all the work you do to make their lives better in the mean time!

We thank you again!

Monday, 8 September 2008


Hi to all you wonderful people.

Can’t say thank you enough for the beautiful Bailer we adopted from you back in 2007.

May I add an updated photo of Bailer to the existing post? Someone commented on the post looking for an updated picture because they adopted Bailer’s brother.

Here is an updated photo of Bailer at the lake this summer.

July 19, 2007

Bailer has adjusted very well to his new forever home.
He is a star!
Our other dog Koda loves him to bits. They romp and play continuously.
Thanks for such a beautiful puppy. We are enjoying him tremendously!

Monday, 1 September 2008


Hello SCARS volunteers!

Thank you so much from my family for saving Leppard's life. Especially to Colleen & Rick who took such good care of her while being her Foster parents, including teaching her to sit and be good and just to give her so so much love.